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Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

Iran’s Military Capability: The Structure and Strength of Forces

Early View

Economic upheaval in the post-revolutionary period, its ideological concerns, the lessons of the war with Iraq and the drive to assert regional...

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)...

Persuading through Culture Values and Ideas The Case of Turkey

Persuading through Culture, Values, and Ideas: The Case of Turkey’s Cultural Diplomacy

Early View

Cultural diplomacy always links to and often overlaps with soft power and public diplomacy. Thus, the three notions have entered the lexicon of...

The New Political Islam Human Rights Democracy and Justice

The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice

Book Reviews

After September 11, Islamophobic approaches in society have become more widespread, and have been observed to appear more regularly. However,...

Political Islam in Tunisia The History of Ennahda

Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda

Book Reviews

The Middle East is a region of far-reaching importance due to past and current events in global politics. Of the many different dynamics and...

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy The State and Minority Groups

The Challenge of Ethnic Democracy: The State and Minority Groups in Israel, Poland and Northern Ireland

Book Reviews

In the midst of political discussions over Israel’s controversial Jewish Nation-state Law adopted in July, re-examining Israel’s alleged ethnic...

Guardians of the Arab State When Militaries Intervene in Politics

Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

Book Reviews

The role of the militaries in politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has been one of the most popular issues among scholars and...

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...

UK Strategy in the Gulf and Middle East after American

UK Strategy in the Gulf and Middle East after American Retrenchment

Articles

This paper considers the impact of the possible relative decline of the U.S. and its engagement in the Middle East and the Gulf in particular. U.S....

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...

TİKA s Soft Power Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy

TİKA’s Soft Power: Nation Branding in Turkish Foreign Policy

Early View

Over the past fifteen years, nation branding has become a popular subject of study, and a formative enterprise in the creation of national...

Gaza A History

Gaza: A History

Book Reviews

Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison, could be viewed broadly through the lenses of history, argues Jean Pierre Filiu, in his book Gaza: A...

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria

The Secular Foreign Fighters of the West in Syria

Articles

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates under the names of the Democratic Union Party and the People’s Protection Units in Syria. The PKK is...

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf

Commentaries

Sectarianism in the Middle East has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the outbreak of the Arab Spring, and has transformed into...

Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East Youth Technology Human

Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights and Foreign Policy

Book Reviews

Mahmood Monshipouri’s Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights and Foreign Policy fills the gap by providing a...

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...

Charting Turkish Diplomacy in the Gaza Conflict

Commentaries

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a deadly attack on Gaza. Turkey responded immediately to the Israeli attacks and strongly criticized the...

Medieval Islamic Political Thought

Book Reviews

Medieval Islamic Political Thought examines political thought based on Islam within the indicated period, as well as the theoretical and practical...

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Vision: An Assessment of 2007

Articles

Turkey’s foreign policy needs a new orientation in the light of the new regional and global developments. As a major country in the midst of the...

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