Middle East Quarterly

A quarterly journal dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, published by the Middle East Forum. Contains studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews covering a broad range of political, economic, social and cultural concerns. The scope includes

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter

A French Intifada
A process described by some as the Islamization of Europe, by others as the failure of Europeans to integrate Muslim immigrants, has reached a breaking point in France. One of the most troubling manifestations of this discord is the development of a...
Alexander Downer, "Proud of the Role We Played in Saddam's Overthrow"
Alexander Downer was Australia 's minister for foreign affairs from March 1996 to November 2007, the longest serving in Australian history. In July 2008, he was appointed by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon as the world body's special envoy to Cyprus....
Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World
Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World. Edited by Marina Ottaway and Julia Choucair-Vizoso. Washington, D.C: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2008. 295 pp. $22.95, paper.What is political reform in Arabic-speaking countries...
Delegitimizing the Jewish State
In a move that caught the Israeli government and the Jewish world by complete surprise, on October 21, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Tomb of the Hebrew Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's...
Do American Muslims Support Terrorism?
Do American Muslims Support Terrorism?Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans. By David Schanzer, Charles Kurzman, andEbrahim Moosa. Washington, D.C: U.S. Department of Justice, 2010. 61 pp. Free download.Schanzer and Moosa of Duke University and Kurzman...
Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence
Hamas in Politics: Democracy, Religion, Violence. By Jeroen Gunning. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. 3 10 pp. $36.50.Gunning, a lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, lived in the Gaza Strip for nine months in 1998. This book, completed...
Iraq and Rupert Hay's Two Years in Kurdistan
Iraq and Rupert Hay's Two Years in Kurdistan. Edited by Paul Rich. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2008. 260 pp. $26.95.Between 1918 and 1920, the British Indian government dispatched political officer Capt. Rupert Hay to Iraqi Kurdistan which, with the...
Khamene'i's Balancing Act
Seventeen months after the fraudulent June 12, 2009 presidential election, which threw the Islamic Republic into its worst political crisis since the 1 979 revolution, and five months into the latest round of international sanctions against Iran,1 Ayatollah...
Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11
Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11. By MarkEnsalaco. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. 318 pp. $39.95.In Middle Eastern Terrorism, Ensalaco of the University of Dayton describes the evolution of modern...
Morocco's Pro-Israel Berbers
In recent years, small groups of Moroccan Berber activists, particularly younger people, have challenged the enforced silence regarding Israel, expressing an interest in both the state of Israel and Jewish history, including the Holocaust. They even...
Saad Hariri's Moment of Truth
Recent developments in Lebanon have shown that the preconditions for restoring its sovereignty have not yet materialized. The demise of the "Cedar Revolution" and the fragmentation of the "March 1 4 Coalition" have set the country back to the era of...
The Caliphate Question: The British Government and Islamic Governance
The Caliphate Question: The British Government and Islamic Governance. By Sean Oliver-Dee. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2009. 216 pp. $70.The Caliphate Question examines the British government's actions toward the Ottoman Empire around World War I -...
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower. By Robert Baer. New York: Crown, 2008. 288 pp. $25.95 ($15, paper).Part geopolitical tour d'horizon, part behind-the-scenes travelogue of a CIA operativeturned-author, The Devil We Know aspires...
The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern
The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern. By Victor Davis Hanson. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010. 260 pp. $25.Inspired by a quote from the ancient philosopher Heraclitus - that war is "the father, the king of us all" - Hanson's latest...
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East. By Joshua Muravchik. New York: Encounter Books, 2009. 372 pp. $25.95.Muravchik, a fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, offers a panorama...
Turkey's Ambassadors vs. Erdogan
In June 2010, the deepening rift between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) unexpectedly came to the public eye when seventy-two retired ambassadors and consul-generals issued a written statement...
What Palestinians Are Saying Online
During the past decade, Washington has repeatedly failed to gauge the extent of Palestinian anti-peace sentiments with devastating consequences. The July 2000 Camp David summit triggered the worst wave of Palestinian violence since 1948 (euphemized as...
What Waziristan Means for Afghanistan
The Afghan conflict has refocused world attention on Waziristan. Once one of the British Empire's most volatile territories, the remote small province in northwestern Pakistan is now home to Taliban insurgents, al-Qaeda fighters, rogue elements within...