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. 17, No. 3, Summer

Arabs vs. the Abdullah Plan
The 2002 Arab peace initiative, commonly referred to as the "Abdullah plan" after its chief author, then-Saudi crown prince Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, constitutes the most significant and explicit collective Arab declaration in favor of a peaceful, mutually...
Benny Morris: "The 1948 War Was an Islamic Holy War"
Benny Morris is professor of history in the Middle East Studies Department at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be 'er Sheva, Israel. For many years, his academic work has provoked controversy on both sides of the political spectrum. One of the...
Can the GCC Weather the Economic Meltdown?
As the storms of economic crisis gathered throughout Europe, Asia, America, and the rest of the world in late 2007, one area alone seemed immune. By mid-July 2008, oil prices had skyrocketed to almost $150 per barrel (p/b), higher than ever before, and...
John Brennan: "Jihad Is a Holy Struggle"
On May 26, 2010, John Brennan, deputy national security advisor for homeland security, delivered a speech ' at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washingtonbased think tankThe speech reads as something of a paean to Barack Obamafrom...
Keith Ellison's Stealth Jihad
"Who is Keith Ellison?" There are no simple answers. Throughout a checkered career, this liberal American politician has adopted many guises and presented different messages. He is an African-American who has moved from the fringe to the center of politics....
Muhammad Sa'id Tayyib
Since 1 998, a new breed of Saudi intellectuals has challenged the old guard of SalafiWahhabi thinkers. In many ways, they replaced the Islamist opposition of the early 1990s, Sahwa al-Islamiya or Islamic Awakening. The present groups are regularly called...
Sponsored Corruption and Neglected Reform in Syria
A decade into Bashar al- Assad's rule, the Syrian economy is languishing. The police state Bashar inherited from his father Hafiz continues to obstruct any kind of reform whether in the political or economic spheres. Outspoken dissident Riad Seif, who...
The Myth of Palestinian Victimhood
Palestine Betrayed. By Efraim Karsh. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. 342 pp. $32.50.The Israeli war of independence may have ended with a decisive victory on the battlefield in early 1 949, but the war over the war still rages in academic circles....
The Reign of Hard-Line Students in Iran's Universities
In the summer of 2009, the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i was rocked by demonstrations throughout the major cities of Iran as people from all walks of life protested the fraudulent results that had reelected the ayatollah's ally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,...
The Suicide Bomber as Sunni-Shi'i Hybrid
Beginning with the 1979 Shi'i Iranian revolution and the subsequent success of the Sunni mujahideen's resistance to the Soviets in the 1980s, acts of violence committed in the name of Islam have risen sharply. Increasingly, the role of martyrdom has...