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Insight Turkey > Issues | The Middle East on Fire - Spring 2024 / Volume 26, Number 2

The Middle East on Fire



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Spring 2024
This issue of Insight Turkey offers a thorough examination of the current state of Middle Eastern politics, exploring the characteristics, patterns, and progress in the region and their impact on global politics. Additionally, we address other subjects such as Türkiye’s bilateral relations with the Balkans and Indonesia, Indonesia’s foreign and domestic policy, and educational changes in Türkiye. We hope that the detailed discussions and diverse viewpoints presented in this edition will provide our readers with valuable insights and deepen their understanding of the complex geopolitical landscape


Commentaries


Recent Miracle in the Turkish Vocational Education and Training System
This commentary examines the transformation of vocational education in Türkiye, addressing its...

Syria’s Political Stalemate: International Efforts and Regional Dynamics
International efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria began early on in the...

Hezbollah’s Shortsighted Strategy for the War in Gaza
This commentary argues that Hezbollah felt duty-bound to open a front in Southern Lebanon to ease...

The Palestinian People’s Righteous Struggle in Light of the War of Aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
Israel’s continuous war on Gaza turns out to be one of the deadliest genocides in modern world...

Palestine and the Arab Regional Order: What Changed after Operation Al-Aqsa Flood?
This commentary examines the changes and transitions in the Arab regional order in relation to...


Articles


Contemporary Islamic Thought in Indonesia 2010-2023: Contested Public Sphere
Indonesian Islamic thought is important in the context of contemporary Indonesian politics....

Bahraini-Turkish Relations: A Strategic Role Adaptation of Manama
Turkish-Bahraini bilateral ties provide a fertile ground for a comprehensive set of discussions...

Linking Economic Diversification and Regional Investments in the Gulf: Saudi and Emirati Investment Trends in Egypt
This study investigates the link between the economic diversification policies and regional...

Unveiling the Türkiye-GCC Economic Partnership: ARDL Cointegration Approach
This analysis examines the economic relationship between Türkiye and the GCC countries, focusing...

Navigating Humanitarian Aid in Syria: Challenges, Complexities, and Paths to Sustainable Solutions
This study explores the role of foreign aid as a soft power tool by providing an understanding of...

The U.S. Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights: A Threat to International Peace
This research shows that the U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights is a...

Contested Spaces and Ethnocratic Policies: Navigating the Geopolitics of Heritage and Identity in Jerusalem
This study explores the architectural and demographic dynamics of Jerusalem, examining public...

Public Opinion and Reaction to Israel’s War on Gaza after October 7 in Türkiye
This article investigates the perception and the reaction of Turkish people to Israel’s war in...

Boosting Influence: Türkiye’s Renewed Military Activism in the Balkans
While military and defense issues dominated Türkiye’s Balkan policy in the 1990s, economic,...


Review Article


From the Invasion to the October Protests: Iraq’s Search for Stability Caught in U.S.-Iran Crossfire
Iraq was a significant regional power during the Saddam Hussein regime, especially in his first years of reign. However, the Gulf Wars and the end of the Cold War almost wiped-out Iraq’s military and political capabilities in the region. Beginning with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the country was smothered under harsh UN sanctions and invasive weapons inspections. Ironically, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq gave a huge room for Iranian influence on Iraqi politics, which harbored a U.S.-Iranian battle for influence. The U.S.-Iran competence and successive Iraqi governments’ failure to deliver services to Iraqi people met with a heavy backlash as massive anti-government protests that began in 2015 forced the Iraqi governments to introduce reform programs. In particular, the October Protests of 2018 challenged the Iraqi elite’s political influence on Iraqi politics and prompted them to lead technocrat governments. In the years since, Iraq’s politicians have been trying their utmost to convert Iraq from a conflict-torn and oil-dependent nation to one that is a significant player in the Middle East.


Book Reviews


Russia’s War against Ukraine
Gwendolyn Sasse’s Russia’s War against Ukraine provides a concise yet clear and comprehensive...

Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War
D’Anieri emphasizes that a traditional problem in international politics and the new one in the...

Great Power Politics in Greater Eurasia: Regional Alliances, Institutions, Projects, and Conflicts
The expansive region stretching from the Baltic states to Central Asia has become a contested...

Détente: The Chance to End the Cold War
Crowder’s background as a diplomat afforded him access to numerous politicians, enabling him to...

Governments and Politics of the Contemporary Middle East: Discontinuity and Turbulence
The book provides a comprehensive guide for students, academics, and policymakers who seek to...

The EU, NATO, and the Libya Conflict: Anatomy of a Failure
Marcuzzi’s work is both timely and essential, providing a critical examination of a conflict that...

Arab Petro-Politics
Arab Petro-Politics, which is a historical reference source, has not been updated or expanded...

The Age of Counter-Revolution: States and Revolutions in the Middle East
The book The Age of the Counter- Revolution by Jamie Allinson, a Senior Lecturer in Politics and...

A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Saudi Struggle for Iraq
The ideological hostility and walls of suspicion between Riyadh and Tehran have become a...

Art and the Arab Spring: Aesthetics of Revolution and Resistance in Tunisia and Beyond
The book’s primary audience is scholars of international relations who are in- terested in the...


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