The Middle East Journal

The Middle East Institute has published The Middle East Journal quarterly since 1947. The Journal provides original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia. The Journal provides the background necessary for an understanding and appreciation of the region's political and economic development, cultural heritage, ethnic and religious diversity. Become a member and receive a complimentary individual subscription. Or subscribe to the MEJ for your institution. Each issue of The Middle East Journal includes: * Articles written by renowned scholars, foreign policy analysts and area experts. Each article offers unique insights invaluable to the scholar and lay reader alike. * A Chronology maintained continuously since 1947. Organized by subject and country, the chronology is a reference source without rival. * Book Reviews that are among the most respected, comprehensive, and up-to-date in the field of Middle Eastern studies. Full-length reviews, as well as annotations of recent publications, permit the serious reader to keep abreast of current literature on the area. Every subscriber to the Journal receives complimentary access to the electronic version of the Journal. This fully searchable, downloadable version includes access back through 2004

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, Winter

Chronology: Afghanistan
See also Pakistan, Regional AffairsJuly 23: Mongolia announced that it would send 150 troops to Afghanistan both for training and peacekeeping. The Mongol troops were highly regarded as trainers for the Afghan army, because they used the same Soviet-era...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
See also Israel, Palestinian AffairsAug. 10: Israeli warplanes fired retaliatory missiles at a tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip and Egypt after rockets were fired into southern Israel. The destroyed tunnel was one of hundreds used to smuggle goods from...
Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus
See also Pakistan, TurkeyJuly 31: One of Uzbekistan's most prominent clerics, Imam Anvar Tursunov, was stabbed multiple times at his home in Tashkent, leaving him in critical condition. The motives behind the attack were not immediately clear. [RFE-RL,...
Chronology: Egypt
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Palestinian Affairs, Regional AffairsJuly 16: A bus crash killed eight and wounded ten Serbian tourists near the Red Sea town of Safaga. The Red Sea coastal road on which the accident took place had been the site of many...
Chronology: Iran
See also Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Regional AffairsJuly 17: At his first Friday sermon since the June 12 elections, senior cleric and former President 'Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called for the release of those arrested in connection with election related...
Chronology: Iraq
See also Iran, Regional Affairs, YemenJuly 18: Iraqi Provincial Police in Basra arrested an Iran-linked militiaman and his aide after he confessed to an attack that killed three US soldiers. Officials seized four Iranian-made rockets and lists of targeted...
Chronology: Israel
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iran, Jordan, Palestinian Affairs, TurkeyJuly 17: Former Mossad chief Major General Meir Amit died at the age of 88. In addition to a long military career, Amit served as Israel's chief intelligence officer between 1963...
Chronology: Lebanon
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, SyriaJuly 21: The Lebanese Army arrested ten people it believed were planning to attack UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon and targets outside Lebanon. Those arrested were also accused of starting terrorist...
Chronology: Pakistan
See also AfghanistanAug. 5: The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reported that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was likely killed in a missile strike by a drone in South Waziristan. Mehsud and his militant group had been blamed for a number...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, Regional AffairsJuly 21: A bomb injured 50 people at a wedding party in Gaza for relatives of Fatah leader, and PA National Security Advisor, Muhammad Dahlan. Dahlan, the uncle of the groom, was not in attendance....
Chronology: Sudan
See also Regional AffairsJuly 22: Both the Sudanese government and former southern Sudanese rebels agreed to redraw the boundaries of the disputed Abyei Province to give control of the Heglig oil fields and the Nile oil pipeline to the Khartoum government....
Chronology: Turkey
See also Iraq, Regional AffairsJuly 18: Turkey extended a controversial smoking ban to include all bars, cafes, and restaurants. Turkey was one of the world's heaviest smoking countries, and the existing ban on smoking in public places had not been thoroughly...
Chronology: Yemen
See also Regional AffairsJuly 25: Eight Yemenis were killed and 18 others wounded when southern separatists attacked Yemeni security forces in the southern Abyan Province. The insurgents, alleged to be affiliates of Tariq al-Fafhli, were holding a sit-in...
Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector in Saudi Arabia
This article looks at the Saudi voluntary sector and its relationship with the ruling family, the Al Sa'ud. It suggests that the voluntary sector in Saudi Arabia is a major agent for socio-political dialogue and social reform and that civil society in...
Communications
The Journal welcomes comments from its readers. All communications should be addressed to the Editor and bear the full name and address of the writer. A selection of those received will be published periodically in these columns. When a comment is received...
Dammed If You Do, Dammed If You Don't: The Eisenhower Administration and the Aswan Dam
This article analyzes the Aswan Dam decision in terms of the interaction between individual perceptions and institutional priorities in the formulation of US foreign policy. The conceptual framework is drawn from the work of Richard Cottam and Richard...
Editor's Note
The first issue of our new volume, our 64th, offers a range of articles across the region and across multiple disciplines: history, political science, anthropology, and international relations among them.Kurdish issues are a frequent subject of the Journal's...
Friends No More? the Rise of Anti-American Nationalism in Turkey
This article examines the rise of anti-American nationalism in Turkey. While Turkish public opinion has developed strong views against a set of foreign policies furthered by the United States, recent findings allude to the development of an emerging...
Recent Publications
Prepared with assistance from Andrew Atkinson and Rachel Wilson.IRANThe Life and Times of the Shah, by Gholam Reza Afkhami. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. xvi + 598 pages. Appendices to p. 604. Chronology to p. 606. Notes to p. 678....
The Bedouin in Contemporary Syria: The Persistence of Tribal Authority and Control
Little information is available regarding contemporary relations between Bedouin tribes and the Syrian state apparatus. These ties are mainly expressed through relationships of patronage and clientism between tribal leaders and state operatives. The...
The Political, Cultural, and Military Re-Awakening of the Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Iran
This article aims to shed light on the modern history of the Kurds in Iran, with particular reference made to the main Kurdish political and social movements of the 20th century following World War I and the establishment of an Iranian nation-state....