Middle East

Oppressing Islamists and Domestic Insecurity in Egypt and Tajikistan

Oppressing Islamists and Domestic Insecurity in Egypt and Tajikistan

Is the oppression of Islamists a mobilizing factor for mass mobilization against the state? The case studies of Egypt and Tajikistan provide interesting insights.

Diglossia and Politics in Arabic

Diglossia and Politics in Arabic

Political actors in the Middle East use the diglossic features of Arabic to match their language to the political context, as speeches made during the Arab Spring show.

Identity and Turkish Foreign Policy in the AK Parti Era

Identity and Turkish Foreign Policy in the AK Parti Era

Turkish foreign policy and identity need to be understood across time whilst taking into consideration the AKP’s domestic power via the Kemalist military establishment.

Hezbollah: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

Hezbollah: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

Hezbollah is at a crossroads in Syria, where its web of identities is in danger of coming undone.

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The intervention in Libya was seen by non-Western states as a dangerous legal precedent undermining the status state sovereignty had been given under international law.

The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The Iraqi Disarmament Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

This detailed case study of the Iraqi disarmament crisis considers where international actors went wrong and what lessons need to be learned to avoid future crises.

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Strategy Not Sacrilege: State Terrorism as an Element of Foreign Policy

Relying on case studies of Pakistan and the U.S., this essay argues that the state’s use of terrorism be more fully integrated into the study of foreign policy.

An Analysis of Online Terrorist Recruiting and Propaganda Strategies

An Analysis of Online Terrorist Recruiting and Propaganda Strategies

The rise to prominence of online terrorist recruitment and propaganda strategies has become a major concern of national security services worldwide.

The Perception Gap Over Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

The Perception Gap Over Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

The ongoing challenge for the United States and the International Community is the ambiguity over Saudi Arabia and Iran’s nuclear aspirations.

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

How can the UN Watercourses Convention minimise the risks of inter-state conflict over water resources?

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