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Insight Turkey > Issues | The New Middle East - Summer 2015 / Volume 17, Number 3

The New Middle East



Editor's Notes


Guest Editor's Note | Summer 2015
In a radio broadcast in 1939 Winston Churchill defined Russia in a famous quip as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’ The chain of metaphors in Churchill’s famous maxim was to point the difficulty of making sense of the great political transformation Russia had gone through.


Commentaries


Obama’s Missed Opportunity to Pivot Away from the Middle East
Washington’s Middle East policy is a shambles. The region’s turmoil fundamentally stems from the...

Palestine After the Arab Spring
Many expected the Arab uprisings to strengthen official and popular Arab support for Palestinian...

Groundhog Day and the Repetitive Failure of Western Counterterrorism Policy in the Middle East
This commentary discusses the ways in which Western counterterrorism policy in the Middle East...

The Iranian Nuclear Deal: Long-Term Implications for the Middle East
The Iran nuclear deal has the potential to become a game changer in the Middle East by providing...

The “Arab Spring’s” Effect on Kurdish Political Fortunes
The Arab Spring offered Kurdish political actors in the region significant opportunities to...


Articles


The New Middle East, ISIL and the 6th Revolt Against the West
This paper aims to provide an analysis of the ‘new’ in ‘the new Middle East.’ We argue that what...

The Demise of the Authoritarian Bargain in the Arab Middle East
This paper conceives of the Arab Spring as a leap forward that has relegated the established...

Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Systems and the Security of Turkey in the “New” Middle East
This article explores Turkey’s changing regional security and Ankara’s pursuit of a missile...

Law, Ethics, and Justice in the Emerging International Order: A Study of Turkish Diplomacy under the AK Party Government (2002-2014)
This paper draws on the ‘moral’ dimensions of Turkey’s ‘new’ foreign policy as it became manifest...

Broadening the Nongovernmental Humanitarian Mission: The IHH and Mediation
The IHH delivers relief aid to 140 countries worldwide. Quite recently, as a novel humanitarian...


Review Article


Secularism, Modern State, and Homo Religiosus Societies
Religion has always been an overriding theme among social scientists, politicians, diplomats and laymen. While the importance attached to it has changed over the course of time; its significance has never ceased for society and states. Although the paradigm of secularism or secularization has been prominent and prevalent in the social sciences, religion has recently gained strong momentum in western academia.


Book Reviews


Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in the Middle East
Recently, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has become an interesting topic to study...

Political Islam in the Age of Democratization
In Political Islam in the Age of Democratization, Kamran Bokhari and Farid Senzai explain the...

Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest
In a 1994 book, “The Twilight of Democracy,” American analyst Patrick Kennon examined various...

Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth, and Social Activism in the Middle East
Yung, Petersen, and Sparre’s Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities presents an interesting...

Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism
The surge of left governments in Latin America since the early the 2000s has not gone unnoticed....

Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks
Towards the end of Chapter 7 “Is there a space for European Muslims?” which is a concluding...

Extremism in America
One does not have to look far to be reminded that the most feared form of extremism among...

Divided Nations and European Integration
Divided Nations and European Integration is a coherent collection of essays analyzing the effects...

A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire
The book under review is the product of the research findings and discussions of the Workshop for...

Ottoman Imperial Diplomacy: A Political, Social and Cultural History
Doğan Gürpınar’s most recent contribution to Late Ottoman History places the formation of modern...


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