How the Syrian Regime Outsmarted Its Enemies
by Reinoud Leenders
“The Assad government watched how uprisings unfolded in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, took stock of international reactions to these events, and, in response, developed strategies to maximize its probabilities of survival.”
The Return of Egypt’s Deep State
by Augustus Richard Norton
“Not only was the paramount role of the military unimpeded after the exit of Mubarak, but other key institutions were undiminished in their power.”
Iraq Faces the Brink Again
by Kenneth M. Pollack
“Iraq’s indigenous forces for stability seem unlikely to be able to hold the levee themselves, but among the external players only Iran, ironically, seems willing to exert itself to help avoid a catastrophe.”
Propaganda and Power in the Middle East
by Emile Nakhleh
“The youth revolts . . . have shown that while regimes might be able to play the Islamic radicalism and sectarianism cards to bolster their hold on power in the short term, this is a failing strategy in the long run.” Third in a series on soft power around the world.
Perspective: Storms of the Arab Spring
by Michele Dunne
Three years ago, the Arab people rose up to demand bread, dignity, and freedom. While reactionary forces have proven resilient, there is no going back to the old status quo.
Books: What Arabs Think
by William W. Finan, Jr.
In his new book, Shibley Telhami analyzes extensive polling data from the Middle East, finding that public opinion embraces regional uprisings but dwells on old grievances.