Iraqi pollster Munqith al-Dagher of IIACSS reveals polling data from 2014 to demonstrate how Iraqi Sunnis really feel about the Islamic State.
POMEPS Director Marc Lynch uncovers the political theory of Kendrick Lamar, praising Kendrick’s sustained meditation on the nature of power, identity and leadership on “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
BONUS: If you’re catching up on events in Yemen, check out Lynch’s list of essential Yemen reading over at Abu Aardvark.
Finally, here is the Monkey Cage Israeli election recap:
Brent E. Sasley of UT Arlington points to the weakening of the Israeli left and why it matters for a new government.
Nadav Shelef of the University of Wisconsin-Madison demonstrates why Netanyahu’s win isn’t that dramatic.
Yousef Munayyer of the University of Maryland looks at the new role of Palestinian citizens in Israel.