Middle East Quarterly

A quarterly journal dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern affairs, published by the Middle East Forum. Contains studies, interviews, commentary, and reviews covering a broad range of political, economic, social and cultural concerns. The scope includes

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Spring

Abbas vs. Obama
Having sidelined Barack Obama's peace initiative by refusing to return to the negotiations table without apriori Israeli concessions, the Palestinian leadership seeks to secure an international declaration of statehood at the next U.N. General Assembly...
All Ahmadinejad's Men
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sacking of foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has opened another chapter in the ongoing power struggle between the president and the supreme leader, Ali Khamene'i. Interpersonal as it may seem, this confrontation symbolizes the...
Damascus on Trial
In September 2008, the U.S. Federal Court in Washington, D.C, rendered a $4 1 3 million civil judgment against the government of Syria for its provision of support and material aid to the killers of two American contractors in Iraq.1 Syria's appeal is...
Egypt's Antiquities Caught in the Revolution
The initial spasm of images from the Cairo Museum shocked observers. As tens of thousands of demonstrators confronted the security forces in what quickly evolved into the first popular revolution in Egypt's history, the museum was ransacked in a scene...
India's Changing Role
The Afghanistan ConflictAs the Afghan war enters its final and most decisive phase, India's strategic position in the country has turned a full circle. Having maintained a close relationship with the post-Taliban government for years, New Delhi suffered...
Lebanon's Islamist Stronghold
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has apparently retained the hope of a military return to Lebanon from where he summarily withdrew in 2005 following the Rafiq Hariri assassination. In a 2008 interview with a Lebanese newspaper, he accused the northern...
Mission Creep and Its Discontents
The Afghanistan ConflictWashington's persistent difficulties in Afghanistan are due to the Obama administration's mission creep. Within a matter of months, U.S. operations expanded from counterterrorism measures designed "to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat...
NGOs vs. Israel
On January 5, 2011, after months of heated public debate, the Israeli Knesset established a parliamentary committee of inquiry to probe foreign funding of Israeli nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the international Israel delegitimization...
Reforming the Village War
The Afghanistan ConflictIn the strategic debate over Afghanistan, two opposing schools of thought have emerged. The first asserts that a durable victory requires a functioning, legitimate, and representative nation-state; the second contends that U.S....
Turkey's Christians under Siege
The brutal murder of the head of Turkey's Catholic Church, Bishop Luigi Padovese, on June 3, 20 10, has rattled the country's small, diverse, and hardpressed Christian community.1 The 62-year-old bishop, who spearheaded the Vatican's efforts to improve...

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