Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

The Spring 2016 issue includes three articles. One is about Palestine, another is about Lebanon, and the third is about civil-military relations in Turkey. All have implications to current events in the Middle East. They discuss resistance and its two trajectories: armed struggle (in the case of Lebanon), the futility of peace negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and civil-military relations in Turkey.

Ghada Talhami's, "The Conundrum of the Palestinian Two-State, One-State Solution" discusses the implications of the US withdrawal from the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Talhami analyzes the trajectory that led to the ineffectiveness of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), including Salam Fayad's "Third Way." The article discusses the "conundrum" at a time when the two-state solution is dead. The two options for the PNA are either to go home or pursue a "full-fledged" state at the United Nations. Talhami suggests how this might be done, beyond the nominal recognition of the State of Palestine. The dangers of the one-state solution are legion for the Palestinian people in the current Israeli political climate in which the extreme right-wing political parties dominate in a perpetually militarized society. Under such conditions, a one-state solution could lead to the expulsion of Palestinians from all of Palestine.

Syrine Hout's, "Recounting Memories of Resistance in 33 Days" focuses on the Lebanese-Iranian film 33 Days. Fictional though it may be, it focuses on "the real-life Battle of Aita al-Shaab" to discuss resistance as an ongoing problematic, revealed through a counterhegemonic discourse that emerges out of what appears as a chaos of memories of both Lebanese and Israeli characters during the first three days of the war. …

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