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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. 63, No. 2, Spring

Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy and Challenges for Energy Security
This article examines Azerbaijan's foreign policy by demonstrating the interplay between the oil-led development process and early post-independence regional conflicts that enforced a Western orientation in the country's foreign policy. It is argued...
Border Guards of the "Imagined" Watan: Arab Journalists and the New Arab Consciousness
Media plays a fundamental role in the formation of national identity, most famously detailed in Benedict Anderson's theory of the imagined community. In the Arab world, a media revolution is contributing to the emergence of a reawakened regional Arab...
Chronology: Afghanistan/Algeria/Bahrain/Egypt/Iran/Iraq/Israel/Jordan/Kuwait/Lebanon/Libya/Mauritania/Morocco/Oman/Pakistan/Saudi Arabia/Sudan/Syria/Tunisia/Turkey/United Arab Emirates/Yemen
Oct. 20: A foreign aid worker in Kabul was shot and killed by assailants on a motorbike. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing of Ggayle Williams, and cited the aid worker's Christian preaching as the reason for her being targeted. Williams...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
Oct. 20: Nine Jews suspected of recent assaults against Arabs in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were arrested by Israeli police. Six of the accused were charged with the firebombing of Arab homes in the Hatikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv five days before, which...
Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus
Oct. 16: The incumbent Ppresident of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, won a landslide electoral victory and a second five-year term. The top five opposition parties boycotted the elections, citing fraud and other irregularities. The election was the country's...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
Oct. 26: The Ppalestinian national soccer team played its first game on its home soil in the West Bank against Jordan, which resulted in a tie of 1-1. Ppreviously, the Ppalestinian team had played all of its games abroad, most commonly in the Arab Ggulf...
Chronology: Regional Affairs
Oct. 21: For the first time in six decades, trade routes opened up in the contested Kashmir region, which had been disputed by both India and Ppakistan since 1947. The trade route was opened as a means to bolster the 2004 peace agreement between India...
Editor's Note
Among the offerings in this spring issue of the Journal are: an assessment of the possible role of Arab journalists in a new "Arab Awakening;" a case study of a major jihadist group in Algeria and its evolution; an examination of the geopolitics of Azerbaijan's...
Recent Publications
AFGHANISTANBeyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan: Lessons from Development Experience, ed. by John D. Montgomery and Dennis A. Rondinelli. New York: Ppalgrave Macmillan, 2007. 256 pages. $28.95 paper. Conceived shortly after the terrorist attacks of September...
"That So Fair a Thing Should Be So Frail:" the Ford Foundation and the Failure of Rural Development in Iran, 1953-1964
From 1954 to 1964, the Ford Foundation attempted to implement an ambitious program of rural development in Iran. Through education, grassroots initiatives, and better credit, the Foundation hoped to transform Iran's peasant population into a base around...
The Local and Global Jihad of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghrib
Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghrib (AQIM) was founded in 2007 as the latest offshoot of the global jihad. But it is deeply rooted in a long and complex history of Algerian violence, with the "Afghan" volunteers in the 1980s, the civil war raging in the...