Middle East (students)

The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

The Resilience of Authoritarianism in Iran After the 2009 Election

Examining how structural, societal and internal social factors maintain the legitimacy and durability of authoritarianism in Iran – quelling even the 2009 protests.

Image by Abayomi Azikiwe

Saudi Arabia and the Regionalization of Yemen’s Conflict

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen has led to the regionalization of Yemen’s war resulting in significant implications for the region as a whole.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

A Gendered Critique of the Role of Spectacular Violence in Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda’s construction of masculinity has given meaning to the use of spectacular violence as a tool for the restoration of a damaged sense of masculinity.

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

The Legality of Russian Airstrikes in Syria and ‘Intervention by Invitation’

Examining the legality of Russia’s claim of ‘intervention by invitation’ & the validity of such a principle when a country fails to respect norms of international law.

Image by US Department of State

Discrete Diplomacy: Oman and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Exploring Oman’s mediating role in facilitating the initial US-Iranian talks reveals how it can aid the US’s strategic goals in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Crime-Terror Nexus: Ideology’s Misleading Role in Islamist Terrorist Groups

The Salafist-Jihadist ideology in modern terrorist groups, such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, serves as a disguise for the criminal motivations of money, power, and status.

US Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East in the 1950s

US Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East in the 1950s

Eisenhower showed caution in his application of policy, displaying a level of understanding that only the greatest feeling of importance towards the region could explain.

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Cooperative security is a feasible concept in a regional and even a global context, but its success is in varying degrees of progress and is still in ambiguous standing.

A Reassessment of the Munich Agreement

A Reassessment of the Munich Agreement

The significance today of reassessing the 1938 Munich Agreement lies in the frequent uses of the terms Munich and Appeasemen” with regard to the Iranian nuclear program.

Can Non-Violent Resistance Be an Effective Strategy for Challenging State Power?

Can Non-Violent Resistance Be an Effective Strategy for Challenging State Power?

Examining the Arab Uprisings in 2011, the effectiveness of non-violent resistance movements for challenging state power is evinced.

Are Military Interventions Inevitably Doomed to Backfire?

Are Military Interventions Inevitably Doomed to Backfire?

Military interventions are always liable to backfire and cause unintended harm to an intervening state on various grounds, such as ideological, political, and economic.

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