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

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Arab Spring Effect on Turkey s Role Decision-Making and
The Arab Spring Effect on Turkey’s Role, Decision-Making and Foreign Policy

Fadi Elhusseini, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, provides a much needed perspective...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Demise of the Authoritarian Bargain in the Arab Middle
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 order to the status of a...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Palestine After the Arab Spring
Palestine After the Arab Spring

Many expected the Arab uprisings to strengthen official and popular Arab support for Palestinian self-determination, and,...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Arab Spring s Effect on Kurdish Political Fortunes
The “Arab Spring’s” Effect on Kurdish Political Fortunes

The Arab Spring offered Kurdish political actors in the region significant opportunities to advance their goals....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Re-evaluating Iran-Egypt Relations A Look at the Evolving Geopolitical Context
Re-evaluating Iran-Egypt Relations: A Look at the Evolving Geopolitical Context

Egypt under President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi appears committed to avoid falling into the contentious Sunni-Shia divide by...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Transformation of the Ennahda Movement from Islamic Jama ah to
Transformation of the Ennahda Movement from Islamic Jama’ah to Political Party

The Ennahda Movement, whose foundations were laid in Tunisia at the beginning of the 1970s by Rached Ghannouchi and his...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Ends of Islamism Rethinking the Meaning of Islam and
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 Islam.” Since the late...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Egypt s Democratic Experiment Challenges to a Positive Trajectory
Egypt’s Democratic Experiment: Challenges to a Positive Trajectory

As Egypt charts a path to democracy, it confronts the legacy of 60 years of dictatorship. President Morsi faces an ongoing...

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Limits of Norm Promotion The EU in Egypt and
The Limits of Norm Promotion: The EU in Egypt and Israel/Palestine

Policy implications aside, assessing the EU’s involvement in the Mediterranean region necessitates a reconsideration of...

Monday, April 1, 2013

European Union and Turkey in the Post Arab Spring Era
European Union and Turkey in the Post Arab Spring Era: Mapping Strategic Interests in the Turbulent Neighborhood

This article explores the strategic importance Turkey holds to the European Union and how Ankara could contribute to the...

Monday, July 1, 2013

How and Why the West Reacted to the Arab Spring
How and Why the West Reacted to the Arab Spring: An Arab Perspective

For many decades, the Arab despots would serve the Western interests in the region in return for a Western disregard to...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Deconstructing the Discourse of Models The Battle of Ideas over
Deconstructing the Discourse of Models: The ‘Battle of Ideas’ over the Post-Revolutionary Middle East

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the so-called ‘Turkish model’ has become a key ingredient of the discourse of...

Monday, July 1, 2013

A New Challenge for Turkey Civil War in Syria
A New Challenge for Turkey: Civil War in Syria

The Arab Spring gave rise to a variety of transitions in the Middle East. Although initial developments in Tunisia and...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Roaring in Libya Whispering in Others UN Security Council s
Roaring in Libya, Whispering in Others: UN Security Council’s Posture During the ‘Arab Spring’

This paper examines the position of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the Arab revolutions of 2010-2013....

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Fire in the Minds of Arabs The Arab Spring
A Fire in the Minds of Arabs: The Arab Spring in Revolutionary History

Fire is both the symbol of revolution and its most potent weapon. Much like the American Revolution and other key historic...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Syria The Hope and Challenges of Mediation
Syria: The Hope and Challenges of Mediation

The civil war in Syria continues to devastate social and political structures, precipitating floods of refugees and...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Impact of the New Zero Problems Policy and the
The Impact of the “New” Zero Problems Policy and the Arab Spring on the Relations between Turkey and Lebanese Factions

As the Arab Spring unfolds, a new power configuration is emerging in the Middle East. Turkey is at the center of the new...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The New Era in Turkish Foreign Policy Critiques and Challenges
The New Era in Turkish Foreign Policy: Critiques and Challenges

This article examines the critiques directed at Turkish foreign policy during the AK Party administration. There are three...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

EU-Turkey Relations in the Context of the Middle East after
EU-Turkey Relations in the Context of the Middle East after the Arab Spring*

This paper discusses EU-Turkey relations with a specific reference to regional developments in the Middle East after the...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Civil-Military Relations in the Arab-Majority World The Impacts on Democratization
Civil-Military Relations in the Arab-Majority World: The Impacts on Democratization and Political Violence

How did unbalanced civil-military relations affect democratization and political violence trends in the Middle East and...

Thursday, October 1, 2015


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