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  • Thucydides and the Arab League: for Want of a Lesson

    BY JACK SIGMAN | JUNE 08, 2012   The struggle for Palestine is both one of the most contentious and one of the longest lasting conflicts of the modern era. The initial battle to settle ownership between the Jews and the Arabs living in the region, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, is an event that has

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  • Staging the Motions of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in Syria?

    Organised by the Arab League and attended by around 70 countries, the Friends of Syria Conference in Tunis on 24 February 2012 was probably one of the last chances for the resolution of the Syrian crisis through diplomatic means or it may also be argued that it was actually staged to appear in that way.

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  • Yemen ‘after’ Saleh: Let the Crises Continue?

    After months of uncertainty about Ali Abdullah Saleh’s sincerity to step down from his post as Yemen’s president, he was confirmed on 22 January 2012 to have left the country to seek medical treatment in the US. BY PROF. STEFAN WOLFF | JANUARY 24, 2012 Under a deal brokered by the GCC, with UN, US,

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  • Israel: The Risk of a New War with Arab Countries

    Cairo has recently concurred with the request of Tel Aviv to increase the military deployment in this zone to 1,000 troops, seeking to restore security in the area, which is highly strategic for both sides. BY ASSOC. PROF. RICHARD ROUSSEAU | DECEMBER 15, 2011 On the 18th of August an attack launched by military commandos

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  • Syria: It’s Not Too Late for a Historic Reconciliation

    Written by IBRAHIM AL-AMIN It is worth going back over the Arab press archive of the past six months. Not to compare what everyone has been saying. But to illustrate that the political and media narrative on Syria has been controlled by three groups. The first group despises all things Syrian – people, government, and

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  • Syria: Militarization, Military Intervention and the Absence of Strategy

    Written by PROF. GILBERT ACHCAR I was able to attend the meeting of the Syrian opposition that was held on October 8-9 in Sweden, near the capital Stockholm. A number of male and female activists operating in Syria and abroad joined with prominent figures from the Syrian Coordination Committee (SNC – who had come from

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  • Iran – Marginalised Diplomacy Will End In Conflict

    Written by TRITA PARSI The determination to ramp up sanctions and rhetoric on Iran means Europe and the US are ‘inching towards war’ Only sixteen months after the last United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran was passed, which was supposed to “bring Iran back to the negotiating table”, Washington is once again upping

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  • Syria, the Arab Yugoslavia of Middle East

    Written by NICOLA NASSER Friday, 04 November 2011 05:30 Surrounded by the Turkish veteran member of NATO in the north, the Israeli NATO partner and the navy fleets of the member states patrolling the Mediterranean in the west, the alliance’s Jordanian partner in the south, and in the east hosting a NATO mission in Iraq,

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  • (Dis)Integration and the Emergence of the State System in the Middle East

    Written by DR. IMAD EL-ANIS Monday, 17 October 2011 06:52 Introduction Studies of the international relations of the Middle East have been dominated by discussions of inter-state relations and conflicts.[1] The dominant state- and conflict-centric approaches used to study this region largely ignore the impact of regional structures and non-state actors.[2] Furthermore, much existing literature

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  • Hamas: Between Militarism and Governance

    BY IBRAHIM NATIL** | 07.09.2011 The Birth of Hamas By the beginning of the 1980s, the senior leadership of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood (Brotherhood) in the Gaza Strip was facing significant pressure from a group of young leaders who had graduated from Egyptian universities. Several of this younger generation, led by Sheikh Fathi Shqaki, challenged

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  • Pro-Peace or Pro-Conflict? Television Journalism in Palestine from 2003-2010

    A Case Study of the Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya Arab Satellite Television Channels BY SAMAH HAMDAN NAJI HANAYSHA** | 07.09.2011 Introduction Peace Journalism Scholars often interpret the concept of peace journalism in terms of fulfilling a ‘public duty’. Roy Greenslade proposed that peace journalism ‘evokes the image of journalism’s real place in society, not as part

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  • Palestine Refugees in Today’s Middle East

    By Mr FILIPPO GRANDI** | 08.06.2011 Colleagues of Coventry University and the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Vice-Chancellor, Ladies and Gentlemen: I am grateful for this opportunity to exchange ideas on some of the issues that are current to the Middle East and to the Palestinian refugees whose protection and care constitute the mission

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  • Read It Now: The Possible/Probable Main Crisis for 2012

    By BARRY RUBIN | 16.05.2011   Save this note. Last year I predicted that Egypt’s instability might well be the big story of 2011. Why wait until December? The central scenario for the Middle East in 2012: Hamas attacks Israel with mortars, rockets, a few missiles, and a few attempts at cross-border attacks. Israel counterattacks

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