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Arab Spring: Two years after



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Winter 2013
Two years ago the Arab Middle East was shaken by popular uprisings. The events have resulted either in regime change or reforms in some countries, and oppression and violence in others. At the outset the uprisings, which stretched from Tunisia to Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, were hailed as the beginning of a new era in which people power will reign in the Middle East. 


Commentaries


After the Constitution, a New Battle in Egypt
The approval of the new, controversial Egyptian constitution does not end the transition process...

New Egypt versus the Felool: Struggle for Democracy
What happened in Egypt? The Egyptian regime moved to the offensive prior to the presidential...

The New Egyptian Constitution: An Outcome of a Complex Political Process
Although constitutions are intended to represent and confirm the spirit of coexistence between...

From Damascus to Kabul: Any Common Ground between Turkey and Russia?
Over the past two decades Turkey and Russia have managed to normalize their bilateral...

Northern Iraq’s Oil Chessboard: Energy, Politics and Power
The autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq has emerged in recent years as a potentially significant...

Current Developments in Regional Energy Security and Turkey
With increasing energy consumption from emerging economies, there will be a growing need for new...


Articles


The Arab Uprisings Two Years On: Ideology, Sectarianism and the Changing Balance of Power in the Middle East
This paper traces the changes to the domestic politics of Arab states following the 2011...

Understanding the AK Party’s Identity Politics: A Civilizational Discourse and its Limitations
The AK Party seeks to respond to four challenges stemming from three confrontations (Islamism,...

The “Ends” of Islamism: Rethinking the Meaning of Islam and the Political
There have been almost regular attempts to declare the “end of Islamism” or “the end of political...

European Views of Turkish Foreign Policy
This article examines how the European elite views new parameters of Turkey’s increasing activism...

The Southern Gas Corridor and Turkey’s Role as an Energy Transit State and Energy Hub
With decisions about to be made on major pipeline projects, Turkey could become a vital component...

Fishing for Gas and More in Cypriot Waters
Cyprus has been hit hard by economic misfortunes recently, but now has a big opportunity to...


Review Article


Scramble for the Past: A Study of Archaeology in the Ottoman
Although very different in terms of subject matter, all three books reviewed here offer fascinating insights into the ways writers over time have employed a variety of strategies in an attempt to emphasize the superiority of the western way of life over others.


Book Reviews


Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives
This book shows how much opportunity the field of Anglo-Islamic studies still offers future...

Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea
The book Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea is a valuable source of...

Turkey in the 21st Century: Quest for a New Foreign Policy
Turkey in the 21st Century: Quest for a New Foreign Policy is a welcome addition to the...

From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem between Ottoman and British Rule
Histories of Jerusalem are usually concerned with the holy places, the various communities living...

Religions of the Silk Road: Premodern Patterns of Globalization
Introducing his readers to an overview of the history of “the network of roads” (p. 1) that has...

Thinking International Relations Differently
In the last several years, there has been an increasing interest in non-western international...

Building States and Markets, Enterprise Development in Central Asia
Gül Berna Özcan’s Building States and Markets: Enterprise Development in Central Asia is a...

Intellectuals and Civil Society in the Middle East: Liberalism Modernity and Political Discourse
Intellectuals and Civil Society in the Middle East is a comprehensive and wide-ranging analysis...

Hamidian Palestine: Politics and Society in the District of Jerusalem
This scholarly and well-written book treats the history of late Ottoman Palestine not as a...


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