Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

The revolutionary changes we have witnessed during the first half of 2011 show few signs of slowing, and as a result interest in this region remains unusually high. Because our mission here is not only to track events (though the unusual length of the "Chronology" section in this issue reflects our tracking of the drama of the first months of this year), our issue offers a mix of articles offering a deeper analysis of the historical and cultural factors behind current events.

Although narcotics trafficking is only occasionally a subject of scholarly interest, it is a regrettable but often important regional issue. Ryan Gingeras of the Naval Postgraduate School offers us an examination of the history of Turkish drug smuggling and the involvement of factions within the Turkish "deep state."

Two articles deal with issues related to modern Lebanon since the end of its civil war. Sami Baroudi and Imad Salamey, both of Lebanese American University, address the question of US-French rapprochement over the issue of Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon after years of disagreements over Iraq. Faten Ghosn of the University of Arizona and Amal Khoury of Guilford College offer an analysis of "Lebanon after the Civil War: Peace or the Illusion of Peace? …

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