Tolstoy said that happy families are happy in the same way while unhappy families all have their own particular stories of unhappiness (a subject Tolstoy himself knew very well). We might extrapolate that all stable countries are in some ways stable in the same way (though that is an oversimplification), but certainly all unstable countries have their own ways and means of instability.
While democracy is generally defined as that "institutional arrangement for arriving at political decisions in which individuals acquire the power to decide by means of a competitive struggle for the people's vote,"1 I argue in this article that in the absence of grass-roots political institutions, civil society
When Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the Washington Declaration, the precursor to the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty, with King Hussein of Jordan on July 25, he characterized it as "a major step on the road to peace." In one critical respect, it risked being a major step backward.
Mr. Kharazi is the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations. The following interview was conducted in New York City on September 30, 1994, by Thomas R. Mattair, Director of Research and Policy Analysis of the Middle East Policy Council.
The following speech by HRH Crown Prince Hassan of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was delivered by Jawad Anani, Minister of State for Prime Ministry Affairs, in Washington, D.C., on September 26, 1994, at a meeting sponsored by the Middle East Policy Council.
In the aftermath of the Gulf War, especially beginning in 1992 and until late summer of 1994, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria have engaged in a series of (around 10) national-security consultations involving the highest gov
Jerusalem has been conquered and reconquered more than 37 times in its long history.
The conflict over Jerusalem transcends territory, time and human experience. In real historical time it is primarily
The national security policy of the United States has begun to show evidence of a transition from the Bush administration to that of the Clinton administration.1 It is however, a transition with continuing structural features of the Bush administration's instinct for military responses and globalization of issues.
The following is an edited version of a discussion held by the Middle East Policy Council on September 23, 1994, at the U.S. Senate Hart Building in Washington, D.C. The Council's president, former Senator George McGovern, was the moderator.
Wise observers seem united in their view that whether or not the Israel-PLO agreement will lead to a stable Arab-Israeli peace hinges mainly on the Palestinians. Can the PLO, in particular PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and his Fatah movement, abide by the terms of the Oslo, Washington and Cairo agreements?
Jerusalem and the people
Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza
Ian Lustick, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a valuable study concerning the changing relationship of Britain to Ireland (1834-1922); France to Algeria (1936-62) and Israel to the Wes
There has long been a need for a good general history of the Palestinians. Baruch Kimmerling and Joel Migdal help fill this gap with their excellent portrait of the past two centuries in Palestinian history.
Ron David begins Arabs and Israel for Beginners by explaining that he wants to let the reader know ''where his book is heading.
Why, one might ask, do we need another book on the Nasser years?
The debate about political
It is a welcome discovery to come across a scholarly study of early American religious thought as it relates to the Middle East by a Syrian Arab Muslim.
For twenty years, American policymakers and foreign-policy analysts have been concerned with how to maintain peace and enhance stability in the oil-rich Persian Gulf region. The objectives of U.S.
The value of this superbly documented book lies in its clarification of how and when the greatest holocaust since the Nazis began.