Middle East (students)

Unknown Knowns:  A Groupthink Model on the U.S. Decision to go to War In Iraq

Unknown Knowns: A Groupthink Model on the U.S. Decision to go to War In Iraq

There are clear indications that the decision making process in the buildup to the War in Iraq was influenced by groupthink, which ultimately led to a poor outcome.

The Doha Development Round and Challenges to Multilateral Trade Negotiations

The Doha Development Round and Challenges to Multilateral Trade Negotiations

While some view the Bali Package as a much needed life-line for the WTO, critics note that the agreement papers over the tough issues that the WTO will face later on.

The Responsibility to Protect and the Importance of International Consensus

The Responsibility to Protect and the Importance of International Consensus

A constructive debate between the proponents and the sceptics of R2P will lead to establishing a greater consensus around the concept.

Was British Decolonization after 1945 a Voluntary Process?

Was British Decolonization after 1945 a Voluntary Process?

Britain often had little choice but to concede that the constitutional independence of its dependencies was inescapable.

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

Why Doesn’t Iran Want the Bomb?

When adding up the potential benefits and impediments, Iran will unlikely upgrade its current civilian nuclear programme to a military nuclear weapons programme.

Development and Good Governance in Egypt

Development and Good Governance in Egypt

Since the end of the Cold War, development in Egypt, meant to promote sustainability and good governance, instead created a society based on political and economic gain.

International Negotiations: Atomic Energy and Iran

International Negotiations: Atomic Energy and Iran

It is possible that nuclear negotiations with Iran will continue to prove fruitless and will continue on for an indefinite time.

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

Australian, British, and US Approaches to Countering Islamic Extremists

By comparing and analysing the counter-radicalisation strategies of the three countries, disparate approaches are revealed that all contain some degree of effectiveness.

A Social Constructivist’s Explanation of the Iranian Revolution

A Social Constructivist’s Explanation of the Iranian Revolution

The extent to which social forces influenced the overhaul of Iranian society presents an advantageous case study which social constructivism can explain.

The Securitization of the Iraqi Regime Using the Three Levels of Analysis

The Securitization of the Iraqi Regime Using the Three Levels of Analysis

The three levels of analysis can explain why contention can emerge when political issues are securitized such as the securitization of the Iraqi regime and US invasion.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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How has the US Intelligence Community Performed against Al-Qaeda since 1988?

Owing to its own misconceptions and those of successive executives, the US intelligence community has failed to perform to the extent of its abilities against al-Qaeda.

The Eclipse of Pan-Arab Nationalism

The Eclipse of Pan-Arab Nationalism

Both ideological and internal and external geopolitical forces have led to the emergence, decline and subsequent failure of Pan-Arab Nationalism in the Middle East.