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The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

Much was made of the changes in Egypt’s foreign policy in April when the Egyptian foreign ministry announced it would begin the process of normalizing relations with Iran and Hamas. For the moment, Egypt’s foreign policy is trying to toe a middle line and become something new for a major Arab state in the region’s cold war: a non-aligned state.

A Bridge to Nowhere: The Futility and Peril of the American approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Bridge to Nowhere: The Futility and Peril of the American approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

If the U.S. genuinely cares for Israel, which I believe it really does, it should force it to decolonize now. It would be a paternal act of love. Just do it now, President Obama. And then, truly, you would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize you were awarded in Oslo.

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

On April 25, the Gulf Cooperation Council proposed a settlement to resolve the political crisis in Yemen. The GCC initiative will not solve the Yemen crisis, only complicate and prolong it. The dogged American persistence in supporting it adds dangerous legitimacy to the agreement and the failing Saleh regime.

Hamas, Israel and the Transition to a Palestinian State

Hamas, Israel and the Transition to a Palestinian State

Israel would be in a better position if it accepted the Arab Peace Plan put forward by Saudi Arabia and addressed the sixty years of UN resolutions that deal with the unilateral decision making of the Palestinian National Authority. That way Israel would benefit from normalised relations with Arab nations, which is more conducive to its national interest.

Edited Collection – The Arab Spring of Discontent

Edited Collection – The Arab Spring of Discontent

This collection of articles offers insightful and diverse perspectives on the Arab uprisings, and expands to consider political unrest outside the Arab world.

The Lebanese Cabinet Wears Hezbollah (And Iranian) Colours

The Lebanese Cabinet Wears Hezbollah (And Iranian) Colours

Looking ahead there are two major concerns for Lebanon. Firstly, if a new government cannot kick start the ailing economy and publicly support the Lebanese people by providing much needed water and electricity projects, then Hezbollah’s influence will grow, as Iranian money will finance vital social programmes, as witnessed already in the south of the country.

Transcending Meta-Narratives: Unpacking the Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

Transcending Meta-Narratives: Unpacking the Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

From afar, the protests in Arab countries seem broadly similar: economic factors – such as the global recession’s impact on migrant remittances, as well as rising food prices – are being cited as the impetus for the revolts. Yet while economic grievances are not irrelevant, the structural meta-narrative, just like the cultural one, is problematic.

China, Information Technology, and the Arab World

China, Information Technology, and the Arab World

The Chinese government has developed the world’s most extensive technical, organizational, and cultural systems for monitoring and filtering the Internet and other forms of communications such as SMS and voice calls. Many Middle Eastern and African countries have bought telecommunications equipment from China, and have tried to emulate its monitoring and filtering regime.

Economic Crisis, Political Repression, and Geopolitics in the Middle East

Economic Crisis, Political Repression, and Geopolitics in the Middle East

From the social uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime in Tunisia on January 11, 2011, to the recent social unrest in Libya to oust the 40 year old reign of Muammar Gadhafi, many political scientists have been left puzzled as to reasons behind the North African revolutionary movement and where it could spread in the coming weeks.

Ethics, hospitality & intervention in Libya

Ethics, hospitality & intervention in Libya

For Jacques Derrida, hospitality is ethics entire. This may well be the case. Yet the rights and wrongs of intervening in Libya (or anywhere else for that matter) from the standpoint of the ethics of hospitality are complicated, not simple.

The Arab Uprisings: Opportunities and Challenges for Iran

The Arab Uprisings: Opportunities and Challenges for Iran

The ongoing people’s uprisings in the Arab countries against autocratic rulers have provided Iran with both challenges and opportunities in the Middle East and beyond. Will these momentous events enhance Iran’s foreign policy opportunities, or will they ultimately lead to further isolation and strategic loneliness for Iran?

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