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. 19, No. 2, Spring

Are Jihadists Crazy?
Muslims who kill in the name of their religion frequently evade punishment in Western courts by pleading insanity or mental incompetence. Jurors, judges, and forensic psychiatrists are prone to accept the claim that some form of mental incapacity, not...
A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan
A Vulcan's Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan. By Dov S. Zakheim. Washington, D. C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2011. 335pp. $32.95.The oft-repeated maxim attributed to Gustave Flaubert, "God is in the details,"...
Can Afghanistan Be Rescued?
U.S. president Barack Obama entered office with a bold plan to combat Afghanistan's escalating insurgency, empower its government, encourage a political resolution of the conflict, and secure the cooperation of neighboring Pakistan - all in time for...
Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It
Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It. By Robert A. Pape and James K. Feldman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 20 10. 349pp. $30.Ever since the attacks of 9/11, Western scholars have struggled to understand...
Free Markets Can Transform the Middle East
As the high hopes for a brave new Middle East fade rapidly, Western policymakers must recognize that promoting market economics and its inevitable cultural changes are far more critical to the region's well-being than encouraging free elections or resolving...
Gary Sick, Discredited but Honored
The so-called 'October Surprise" plot that briefly enthralled the American public twenty years ago is one of the most influential political conspiracy theories in U. S. history. As the story goes, fearful that the release of fifty-two American hostages...
Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics
Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics. Edited by Raimond Gaita. Crawley, Aus. : UWAPublishing, 2010. 222 pp. $29.95.After y ears of indiscriminate rocket attacks, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009. While Israel...
Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior
Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior. By Claire Metelits. New York: New York University Press, 2010. 242pp. $70 ($23, paper).Inside Insurgency addresses a question important to both academics and policy makers: How...
Militarism and Israeli Society
Militarism and Israeli Society. Edited by Gabriel Sheffer and Oren Barak. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010. 386 pp. $70 ($26.95, paper).This volume is a perfect illustration of how far the tenured Left will go to suppress...
My Brother, My Enemy: America and the Battle of Ideas across the Islamic World
My Brother, My Enemy: America and the Battle of Ideas across the Islamic World. By Philip Smucker. Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2010. 364 pp. $26.My Brother, My Enemy, being true to its namesake, takes a fraternal, even emotional, approach to understanding...
Partition through Foreign Aggression. the Case of Turkey in Cyprus
Partition through Foreign Aggression. The Case of Turkey in Cyprus. By William Mallinsoa Minnesota Mediterranean and East European Monographs. No. 20 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2010). 126 pp. $30, paper.While Hesiod identified Cyprus as the...
Regime Change in Iran?
There is every reason to believe that the Islamic Republic's days are numbered. The current government, lorded over by the religious supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i, and his Guardian Council of aging mullahs, who can overrule any policy change...
Syria's Struggling Civil Society
Authoritarian regimes have traditionally been disinclined to accept any political or social opposition and have been hostile to the development of an independent civil society that could form a counterweight to state power.Article 8 of the Syrian constitution...
The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East
The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East. By Mitchell Bard. New York: Harper, 2010. 432 pp. $27.99 ($14.99, paper).An "Israel lobby" in the United States has been the subject of at least eight books...
The Muslim Brotherhood Reborn
As Syrian president Bashar al-Assad struggles to contend with a massive popular uprising, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB) is poised to dominate whatever coalition offerees manages to unseat the Baathist regime. Though in many ways the Brotherhood's...
The Piety Premium of Islamic Bonds
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Traditionally, the Islamic states have had to reach out to Western capital markets to obtain funding for maj or proj ects. Islam's prohibition on the collection of interest (riba) made it difficult to find buyers...
The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom
The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom. By Mark Durie. Melbourne, Aus.: Deror Books, 2010. 270pp. $38 ($19.95 paper).Durie, an Anglican pastor and an accomplished scholar of issues involving Christianity and Islam, has produced a reasoned,...
Turkish-Syrian Relations Go Downhill
As Syria sinks deeper and deeper into the throes of civil war, the decade-long honeymoon between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi, AKP) and Bashar al-Assad's regime has all but ended. Fearing the possible spread...