Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

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Two key themes in the Middle East region are, of course, democratization and women's rights. In our first article, Emily Regan Wills addresses the "democratic paradox" that occurred in Kuwait beginning in 1999, when the emir granted women the right to vote, only to have the elected parliament repeal it six months later. She traces the history of the issue through the subsequent electoral cycles to the 2012 elections.

Next, Ian Lustick of the University of Pennsylvania examines recent efforts by those favoring Israel's annexation of all or most of the West Bank to downplay the demographic challenge that Palestinian population growth presents to Israel's Jewish identity. After a careful review of statistics used in these efforts, he argues that a systematic manipulation of population statistics has occurred.

In the wake of the controversies sparked by the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential elections, and with presidential elections approaching again this summer, Hamid Mavani of Claremont Graduate University addresses attempts to reconcile Ruhollah Khomeini's concept of wilayat al-faqih with efforts to reflect the will of the population.

In the midst of the current confrontation between the US and Iran over Iran's nuclear program, it may be useful to revisit an earlier stage in the complex evolution of the relations between the two countries. …

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