• Camera in the Middle East
    Deep States in MENA
    Robert Springborg

    "Deep states can only exist where citizens are unable to freely organize politically and so cannot change their governments through elections or subordinate militaries and intelligence services to their institutionalized control."



Why Was Muammar Qadhafi Really Removed?
Christopher M. Davidson

In the wake of the "Arab Spring" revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in late 2010 and early 2011, the conventional narrative, at least in the Western media, soon became one of an unstoppable tidal wave of emancipation. 

The Balfour Declaration a Century Later: Accidentally Relevant
Ian S. Lustick

As with every anniversary associated with the Arab-Israeli conflict, one side's celebration is the other side's occasion for mourning and protest.

The Gulf and the Great Powers: Evolving Dynamics
Mark N. Katz

Eight states border the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf: seven predominantly Arab (Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman), and one predominantly non-Arab (Iran). In 1945, all eight were monarchies.