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. 4, Fall

Jerusalem's Surprisingly Good Relations with UNRWA
The relationship between the State of Israel and the U.N. Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) - an agency catering to an Arab population that could at best be described as unfriendly - is little known and little understood....
Kuwait Expels Thousands of Palestinians
Much has been made of the Palestinian exodus of 1 948 . Yet during their decades of dispersal, the Palestinians have experienced no less traumatic ordeals at the hands of their Arab brothers. As early as the mid-1950s, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Libya expelled...
Latino Migrants in the Jewish State: Undocumented Lives in Israel
Latino Migrants in the Jewish State: Undocumented Lives in Israel. By Barak Kalir. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2010. 278 pp. $65 ($24.95, paper).Latino Migrants in the Jewish State purports to be an exposé of the mistreatment...
Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture
Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture. By Ziad Fahmy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 20 1 1 . 244 pp. $80 ($24.95, paper).Fahmy, assistant professor of modern Middle East history at Cornell University, offers a...
Palestinian Refugees Languish in Lebanon
"In all but name, Lebanon today is a non-country," wrote the Lebanese historian Kamal Salibi in 1989.1 A weak state racked with sectarian and political divisions, there is little on which Lebanese people can agree. One rare issue on which they seemed...
Reforming UNRWA
It is sometimes suggested by critics of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that the agency should be abolished and its duties transferred to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the...
Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide
Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide. By Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. New York: Oxford University Press, 201 1. 448 pp. $99 ($35, paper).Marshall and Shea, both of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom,...
Some UNRWA Refugees Have Resettled
The question whether the U.N. Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has successfully reintegrated Palestinian refugees into the normal life of the Middle East has long been a central bone of contention. Anxious to fend...
Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals. By Ken Ballen. New York: Free Press, 2011. 313 pp. $25.Ballen, a former federal prosecutor, tells the personal stories of six jihadists. With an empathetic, nuanced treatment, he probes these Muslim...
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda. By Peter Bergen. New York: Free Press, 2011. 473 pp. $28.Bergen, perhaps the most prominent contemporary commentator on al-Qaeda, has crafted an important single-volume history of the...
The Rise of the Pasdaran. Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
The Rise of the Pasdaran. Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. By Frederic Wehrey, et al. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation, 2009. 129 pp. $26.The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), or Pasdaran as it is known...
UNRWA Betrays Its Mission
The twentieth century experienced some of the worst instances of population displacement in history: the 1 5 million ethnic Germans forced out of their homes in Eastern Europe after World War ?; the millions of Muslims and Hindus fleeing the newly established...
UNRWA Resists Resettlement
The Palestinian refugee problem lies at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. But since the 1960s, the international institution charged with aiding the refugees, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has...
UNRWA's Self-Serving Agenda
Since June 1967, operations in the West Bank and Gaza by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have been carried out in accordance with an explicit agreement with Israel, which has repeatedly indicated its support...
Washington's Failure to Rein in UNRWA
General Assembly resolution 194 of December 11, 1948, ' offers two options, repatriation and resettlement, to achieve the reintegration of the Palestinian Arab refugees "into the economic life of the Near East."2 Yet, U.S. Department of State documents...
Why a Special Issue on UNRWA?
Led by the United States, the founders of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the institution tasked with oversight of the Palestine refugees, conceived of it as a temporary instrument to help relieve...