As we go to press, this election season’s foreign-policy surprise is wearing off but still reverberating: two small Arab states, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain, have agreed to “normalize” relations with Israel, an eventuality anticipated by Ahmed Hashim in our lead article, “Security and Defense in Small States” (p.
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Ahmed S. Hashim
Faisal Mukhyat Abu Sulaib
This report seeks to shed light on how young people from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries feel about culture, identity, and society. Data points based on an anonymous survey show how young GCC nationals view topics such as the impact of social media on local society, economic diversification away from oil and gas, and traditional gender roles. Responses are segmented based on age, gender, and nationality. While most responses are on a numerical scale, some are open-ended, allowing for an analysis of keywords.
Juline Beaujouan and Amjed Rasheed
This paper investigates the implications and impact of the Syrian refugees on Lebanon and Jordan. Using a multidisciplinary approach, it critically analyses the effect of the crisis at three different levels: government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs), and society.
Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, Taptuk Emre Erkoc, Salih Dogan
COVID-19, overtaking the world in a dramatic burst, has had disparate impacts on countries based on regime type, economic force and measures adopted to counter its spread. This divergence in action led to the formation of opposing views about which regime type, and the manner in which economic models, would best handle the crisis. This article examines the case of Turkey, an exceptional example in terms of adopted measures, domestic political balances, economic elements and foreign policy.
Murat Ülgül and Sertif Demir
Military coups cause numerous security problems but most importantly threaten the survival of civilian regimes. As a result, governments adopt coup-proofing strategies which encompass a wide variety of military, political, economic, or social measures to prevent military coups. This article analyzes Turkish civil-military relations by comparing the Turkish government’s coup-proofing strategies before and after the Justice and Development Party (JDP) came to power in November 2002.