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The Lost Spring U S Policy in the Middle East

The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

Book Reviews

The book under review is a work by American-Lebanese scholar Walid Phares, who specializes in Middle East politics. He has worked in different...

From Ballots to Bullets Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of

From Ballots to Bullets: Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of Authoritarian Politics

Review Article

Since the end of the Cold War, much of the turmoil in the Middle East has been caused by the religiopolitical identity of different countries of...

What Is the Sharia

What Is the Sharia?

Book Reviews

Relevant to contemporary times when Sharia, generally referred to as Islamic law, has been associated with numerous negative connotations –ranging...

Ibn Khaldun An Intellectual Biography

Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography

Book Reviews

The Muqaddima (Prolegomena) is the main work that made Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) eminent not only in historiography, civilization studies,...

Amerikan Grand Stratejisi Obama nın Ortadoğu Mirası American Grand Strategy

Amerikan Grand Stratejisi: Obama’nın Ortadoğu Mirası [American Grand Strategy: Obama’s Middle East Legacy]

Book Reviews

Although many actors, from regional powers to global powers, engage in grand strategy practices, the concept of ‘grand strategy’ is most closely...

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis Post-Colonialism and Competing Projects in the

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis: Post-Colonialism and Competing ‘Projects’ in the Middle East

Early View

This article deconstructs the stated reasons behind the quartet’s blockade on Qatar, including i) Iranian-relations; ii) funding ‘terror;’ iii)...

Into the Hands of the Soldiers Freedom and Chaos in

Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East

Book Reviews

A New York Times correspondent in Egypt, David Kirkpatrick focuses his book Into the Hands of the Soldiers on the 2011-2013 Egyptian revolution,...

Great Delusion Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Book Reviews

A profound understanding of American foreign policy depends upon a thorough and a rigorous theoretical understanding of the ideology that...

Iran s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Articles

Fueled by the Iranian oil revenues, Tehran, under both the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1941-1979) and since 1979 the Islamic Republic of...

The Arab Uprisings in Egypt Jordan and Tunisia Social Political

The Arab Uprisings in Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia: Social, Political and Economic Transformations

Book Reviews

One of the main debates that has surfaced in the post-Arab Uprisings era has centered on whether or not the demonstrations will lead to regime...

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

Commentaries

Libya, which ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been dragged into another crisis. This study addresses the situation, by taking...

It s a Family Affair Religion Geopolitics and the Rise

It’s a Family Affair: Religion, Geopolitics and the Rise of Mohammed bin Salman

Commentaries

Over the past year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has experienced a period of rapid transformation under the direction of a new Crown Prince,...

Bullets and Bulletins Media and Politics in the Wake of

Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings

Book Reviews

Research on the role that the media has played in the Arab uprisings highlights the liberating potential of the media as a medium for...

Lessons and Legacies of the Blockade of Qatar

Lessons and Legacies of the Blockade of Qatar

Commentaries

The diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar launched on June 5, 2017 has gravely weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council and raised questions in...

Traditional Rivalry or Regional Design in the Middle East

Traditional Rivalry or Regional Design in the Middle East?

Articles

The repercussions of the Arab Spring and new polarization between Iran, Israel and the Gulf States means the Middle East faces multiple rivalries...

Iran s Nuclear Agreement The Three Specific Clusters of Concerns

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement: The Three Specific Clusters of Concerns

Articles

When Iran’s nuclear agreement was signed, critics raised questions about the terms of the agreement, its duration and especially about whether the...

Understanding the New Turkey: An Egyptian Perspective

Commentaries

Arab-Turkish relations have always been -- at least since the Cold War -- haunted by the Arab elite's concerns. which with time became an obstacle...

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