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December 2017

The Occupation at Fifty: A Permanent State of Ambiguity
by Nathan J. Brown
“The most significant development is not in the occupation itself but in the collapse of all attempts to devise alternatives.”

How Syria’s Neighbors Have Treated Its Refugees
by Dawn Chatty
“The memory of the ties among the region’s peoples under the Ottoman Empire has played a part in the kind of reception Syrians have received in their neighboring places of refuge.”

Qatar’s Maverick Streak Leaves It Friendless in the Gulf
by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
“Years of anger at Doha’s brash regional policies may have made the opportunity to put Qatar back in its place too tempting to pass up.”

The High Stakes of Climate Adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa
by Jeannie Sowers
“The degree to which states are tolerant of local-level initiatives and mobilization will become only more important as climate impacts intensify.” Third in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

The Precarious Status of Working-Class Men in Iran
by Shahram Khosravi
“The sociopolitical transition can be observed best in the shift of the symbolic position of working-class men: from veneration in the first decade after the revolution to condemnation three decades later.”

Perspective: Arabia Infelix: The War Devouring Yemen
by Sheila Carapico
What began as a popular uprising against a corrupt dictatorship has been overtaken by a struggle for regional supremacy, with the Middle East’s poorest country as sacrificial victim.

Books: The Enigma of the Arab Uprisings
by Marwan M. Kraidy
Did the same pro-market economic policies that gave rise to the Arab Spring also doom the would-be revolutionaries by sapping their capacity for envisioning radical alternatives?

The Month in Review: October 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in October, country by country, day by day.

2017 Current History Index
by the editors of Current History
January-to-December index of titles and authors.

Map of the Middle East
by the editors of Current History

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