Behind the gloss of the new Beirut City Center, the sparkling luxury hotels and boutiques, the plethora of new banks, restored office buildings and residences, the revived disco and restaurant scene, life in the Palestinian refugee camps appears bleaker than during the darkest days of the civil war.
The relationship between economic liberalization and radical politics has been a key issue in Muslim countries since the 1970s. Economic liberalization policies have two important aspects: the retreat of the state from the economy and the encouragement of the inflow of foreign capital. As a result of such policies, there have emerged serious changes in so-called fundamentalist movements in Muslim countries.
In his 2001 attack on Middle Eastern studies in the United States, Martin Kramer provided a provocative if superficial institutional history of academic area studies.2 He wrote
I don’t want the money that pays my pension and medical benefits to be invested in companies that profit from bulldozers that demolish Palestinian homes or are building parts of the wall.
Iranian-American relations, as is well known, have been notoriously poor ever since the 1979 revolution toppled the shah and brought the Islamic Republic to power. All efforts to improve the relationship have foundered.
Since its independence in 1932, Iraq has been a major foreign policy concern for Iran for many reasons. The first and most
Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government and leader of the Kurdish Democratic party (KDP), remarked in early September 2005 that politics was so much harder than fighting.1
When Winston Churchill made the historic switch from coal to oil-fired naval vessels prior to World War I, the international oil market was born.
A drawdown of American forces in Iraq is in the wind. And many observers are giving thought to what the shape of
The Middle East is now a changing geography, subject to direct U.S.
Melissa Boyle Mahle, educated at Berkeley and Columbia, an Arabic speaker with a degree in Near Eastern
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After the July 2005 bombings in London, Frances Stead Sellers wrote a piece in
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There is much talk these days about promoting American-style freedom and democracy around the world to t
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There has been considerable German interest in and even fascination with the Near E