The Middle East Journal

The Middle East Institute has published The Middle East Journal quarterly since 1947. The Journal provides original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia. The Journal provides the background necessary for an understanding and appreciation of the region's political and economic development, cultural heritage, ethnic and religious diversity. Become a member and receive a complimentary individual subscription. Or subscribe to the MEJ for your institution. Each issue of The Middle East Journal includes: * Articles written by renowned scholars, foreign policy analysts and area experts. Each article offers unique insights invaluable to the scholar and lay reader alike. * A Chronology maintained continuously since 1947. Organized by subject and country, the chronology is a reference source without rival. * Book Reviews that are among the most respected, comprehensive, and up-to-date in the field of Middle Eastern studies. Full-length reviews, as well as annotations of recent publications, permit the serious reader to keep abreast of current literature on the area. Every subscriber to the Journal receives complimentary access to the electronic version of the Journal. This fully searchable, downloadable version includes access back through 2004

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, Summer

Chronology: Afghanistan/Algeria/Bahrain/Egypt/Iran/Iraq/Israel/Jordan/Kuwait/Lebanon/Libya/Mauritania/Morocco/Pakistan/Qatar/Saudi Arabia/Sudan/Syria/Tunisia/Turkey/United Arab Emirates/Yemen
AfghanistanSee also Central Asia and the Caucasus, Pakistan, Regional AffairsFeb. 11: Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen attacked three government sites in Kabul, including the Justice Ministry near the Presidential Palace, killing 20 people. An hour...
Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict
See also Israel, Palestinian Affairs, Regional Affairs, SudanJan. 17: After three weeks of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip, Israel announced an end to operations against Hamas. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that Operation Cast Lead had been successful....
Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus
See also Afghanistan, Regional AffairsJan. 19: Kyrgyz police arrested two prominent opposition politicians, accusing them of breaking laws on mass organizing and gun restrictions. Former Speaker of Parliament Omurbek Tekebaev, head of the Ata Meken Socialist...
Chronology: Palestinian Affairs
See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Egypt, Israel, LebanonJan. 18: Hamas claimed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmud 'Abbas was responsible for the death of Sa'id Siam, Hamas' Interior Minister and leader of Hamas militias in Gaza, who was killed...
Chronology: Regional Affairs
Jan. 20: General David Petraeus, head of Central Command and former commander of US forces in Iraq, announced an agreement with several Central Asian countries to open new supply lines to Afghanistan. The decision came after a volatile few months on...
Editor's Note
As the crisis over the disputed outcome of Iran's presidential election reminds us, despite the clear shortcomings of many Middle Eastern political systems, elections do occur, and the results can matter. At the grassroots level, competitive elections...
Parliamentary Elections and Authoritarian Rule in Morocco
Regular elections have become a common feature in Moroccan politics. While elections were "contested" as an instrument of control until the mid-1990s, starting with the 1997 parliamentary elections - and followed by those in 2002 and 2007 - Morocco established...
Qatar's Labor Markets at a Crucial Crossroad
With the discovery of large quantities of natural gas, the Qatari economy has experienced sustained economic growth. Similar to what has occurred in other Gulf states, a consequence of this economic boom is that the demand level for skilled and unskilled...
Qatar's Relations with Israel: Challenging Arab and Gulf Norms
This article focuses on the development of Qatar's unique relationship with Israel, and explains the relationship as just one component of the Emirate's intricate and bold foreign policy. This discussion identifies both the logic behind Qatar's regional...
Royal Factionalism and Political Liberalization in Qatar
Qatar's much publicized liberalization campaign that began in the mid-1990s was a direct result of efforts by the new Amir, Shaykh Hamad, to compensate for his fragile base of support within the ruling Al Thani family by appealing to a broader base of...
Women's Electoral Participation in Egypt: The Implications of Gender for Voter Recruitment and Mobilization
To what extent do gender considerations impact voter recruitment strategies in Middle Eastern elections? Based on an examination of voting behavior in Egypt, we find that clientelist voter recruitment tends to empower women economically rather than politically...