Middle East Review of International Affairs (Online)

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 2, June

Israel and Lebanon: Problematic Proximity
Throughout the relatively short history of their existence as modern states, Israel's and Lebanon's mutual border has proven to be largely disadvantageous to both countries. The picture is not entirely negative. In the British Mandate period, as the...
The 1978 Battle of Larnaca Airport, Cyprus, and UK Diplomacy
In 1978, Egypt and Cyprus clashed while terrorists held hostages in an airplane. The Cypriot government, under President Spyros Kyprianou, who personally handled the negotiations with Arab terrorists, faced an Egyptian crack antiterrorist group. The...
The Iran-Iraq War: Unattainable Objectives1
The Iran-Iraq War is unique, being much longer and more intense than any previous conventional conflict in the region. A border dispute ballooned into one of the longest conventional wars of the twentieth century.Three factors explain the long duration:...
The Small Gulf States: The Best Case Examples in the Arab World?
Panel Discussion*On March 24, 2009, the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, the U.S. Department of State's International Information Programs in Washington D.C., and the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Israel jointly...
The Talibanization of Education in Egypt
Egypt once prided itself on being a tolerant, diverse state. While nearly the entire Jewish, Armenian, and Greek communities left in the 1950s, Egypt is still home to the largest Christian minority in the Arab world. Its Coptic community accounts for...
Turkey's March 2009 Elections: Loss without Defeat, Gain without Victory
This article has two main goals: The first is to provide a descriptive account of the March 2009 local elections in Turkey; the second is to discuss several themes that emerged during these elections that will likely influence Turkish domestic politics...
U.S. Middle East Policy: Too Many Challenges and Yet a Single Theme
Shortly after the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president, one of his advisors-who has since been appointed to a high post-remarked privately, "The Obama administration in the Middle East, unlike its predecessor, will be able to walk and chew gum...
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