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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?
An Islamist Power Grab Derails Democracy in Turkey
by Kerem Öktem
“[W]hat sort of country is going to emerge from this revolutionary reshaping of society?”
The Origins and Consequences of US Nonintervention in Syria
by Faysal Itani
“The single most important external factor in the Syrian war’s trajectory was the set of foreign policy beliefs Obama held well before the first shot was fired.”
Why ‘Artificiality’ Fails to Explain Iraq’s Woes
by Fanar Haddad
“[F]ocusing on the supposed consequences of Iraq’s artificial foundations diverts our attention from the real issues—cumulative or immediate—that continue to destabilize the country.”
Labor’s Role in the Arab Uprisings and Beyond
by Ian M. Hartshorn
"Some trade unions, even in the most repressive states, attempted to organize themselves and press for greater autonomy in the revolutionary moment.” Third in a series on labor relations around the world.
Can the Saudi Economy Be Reformed?
by Karen E. Young
“Saudi Arabia must place its citizens firmly in the center of its transformation, so that employment, productivity, and local demand determine the direction of the economy.”
Perspective: Is Israeli Democracy in Danger?
by Dov Waxman
Demographic shifts have contributed to an illiberal trend also fueled by five decades of occupation and settlement of Palestinian lands. The new right-wing majority is trying to stifle dissenting voices.
Books: Islamists and Liberal Values in the Middle East
by Ewan Stein
A new book’s argument that Islam is exceptional, with an inbuilt resistance to democracy, sounds to our reviewer like an echo of an earlier era’s Orientalist assumptions.