Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Editor's Note

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As this issue was being prepared for press, an already perilous situation in Yemen escalated when Saudi Arabia and a coalition of allies intervened, internationalizing yet another Middle Eastern internal crisis. As instability spreads, serious students of the Middle East need informed scholarship on the region, amid the fog of journalistic oversimplification.

Libya is one country still locked in conflict nearly four years after the old regime's collapse, and this issue has two articles on that troubled state. Jason Pack of the Libya Analysis consultancy and his former colleague Haley Cook offer a detailed account of the 2012 parliamentary election. They observe that policies of accomodation - which they argue amount to appeasement - can be shortsighted and, in fact, encourage destabilization. Next, researcher Edward Randall analyzes Libya's transition by focusing on how other countries' past failures can inform future attempts to improve Libyan economic development and democratization.

W. Andrew Terrill of the US Army War College addresses another issue of great current interest: "Iran's Strategy for Saving Asad." He takes a thorough look at the underpinnings of the Syrian-Iranian alliance, as well as offering forecasts for its likely future. …

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