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. 1, Winter

Ankara's "Economic Miracle" Collapses
Turkey's high-flying economy, which expanded at a 10 percent annual rate of gross domestic product growth during the first half of 20 1 1 , ] will crash-land in 2012. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "economic miracle," to use the Daily Telegraph's...
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Iran's Nukes and Israel's Dilemma
While the Obama administration has not reconciled itself to the futility of curbing Tehran's nuclear buildup through diplomatic means, most Israelis have given up hope that the international sanctions can dissuade the Islamic Republic from acquiring...
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards Strike Oil
In July 2011, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinej ad appointed Maj . Gen. Rostam Qassemi of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as oil minister,1 bringing the number of former IRGC officers in his cabinet to twelve out of eighteen. Yet the...
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Is Morocco Immune to Upheaval?
The uprisings that swept across the Middle East and North Africa during 20 1 1 have largely bypassed Morocco. The absence of tumult and the loudly trumpeted package of constitutional reform measures endorsed in a July 201 1 national referendum1 further...
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Jordan Is Palestinian
Thus far the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has weathered the storm that has swept across the Middle East since the beginning of the year. But the relative calm in Amman is an illusion. The unspoken truth is that the Palestinians, the country's largest...
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Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan
As U. S. military operations in Afghanistan drag on inconclusively, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Taliban insurgency is gaining ground. In the first six months of 2010, for example, there was a 31 percent rise in civilian casualties while...
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Riyadh Enters the Yemen-Huthi Fray
On August 11, 2009, the Yemeni government launched "Operation Scorched Earth," aimed at putting an end to the Huthi uprising that had destabilized the country's northern province of Sa' da for more than five years. As fighting spread to the province's...
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The Arab Uprisings' Impact
Although the wave of mass protests spreading through the Arabic-speaking countries may have begun to recede, it has left a wide-ranging impact on the region. Three authoritarian regimes have collapsed, and the rest are experiencing varying degrees of...
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The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance (the Culture and Practice of Violence)
The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance (The Culture and Practice of Violence). By Nasser Abufarha. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. 277 pp. $84.95 ($23.95, paper).The Making of a Human Bomb looks at suicide terrorism...
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The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey
The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey. By Banu Eligür. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 317 pp. $85.In an era when an overwhelming majority of articles and books published on Islamism are apologetic in nature and often fall short in...
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The Pragmatics of Lebanon's Politics
Lebanese society has had a remarkable ability to overcome deep-rooted sectarian and religious divides that could readily have imploded less problematic countries. This has been largely due to its pragmatic political system, which avoids acting upon polarizing...
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The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership. By Yehuda Avner. New Milford, Conn, and Jerusalem: The Toby Press, LLC 1,2010. 715 pp. $29.95.Former Israeli ambassador Avner offers a literaiy, distinctive, and colorful look into the...
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The Two Faces of Al Jazeera
One of the principal beneficiaries of the Arab uprisings has been Al Jazeera television. Viewers are praising the English and Arabic channels' comprehensive coverage of the revolts while the Obama administration continues to court the network as part...
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What Drives Turkish Foreign Policy?
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkmma Partisi, AKP) was reelected to a third term in June 20 1 1 . This remarkable achievement was mainly the result of the opposition's weakness and the rapid economic growth that has made Turkey...
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