Archives for 2019

Libya: An opportunity for Russian exploitation

When won by multiple independent and opposing organizations, revolutions usually create more confusion and discord than what was overthrown.  This situation is even more difficult when tribal and regional loyalties exacerbate the forming of a country-wide central government. The American Revolution lasted eight years, with patriots fighting side by...    read more 

Will Israeli politicians prove their responsibility and flexibility?

It is clear that the Israeli political system has reached a peak in terms of the challenges it faces: two elections campaigns to date this year have not led to conclusive results and a third round may be right around the corner. The explanations for the current situation are varied and include, among others, internal difficulties with the election method its...    read more 

2019 ASMEA Keynote Address

Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution, delivered the 2019 ASMEA Annual Conference Keynote Address on “The Future of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.” Having trouble viewing? Refresh your page. If this doesn’...    read more 

Roundtable A: Studies in Israeli Diplomacy

Prof. Uri Bialer, Hebrew University Dr. Robert Freedman, Johns Hopkins University Prof. Zach Levey, University of Haifa Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Ziv Rubinovitz, Sonoma State University This discussion examines Israeli diplomacy on a grand scale and investigates the role of P.M. Menachem Begin as the key personality behind one of Isra...    read more 

Academic Freedom Symposium: Session 1 Word Crimes, A Redux

This session was organized by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Prof. Donna Divine, Smith College Prof. Cary Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Published in April 2019 as a special issue of Israel Studies, “Word Crimes” hit a nerve. It emphasized the delegitimizi...    read more 

Panel 16: Expressions of State Policy in the Gulf

Discussant: Dr. Jeffrey Macris Gulf States’ Policy towards Syrian Refugees: Charity before Hospitality (Dr. Gadi Hitman, Ariel University) Qatar, the Rift, and the Future of Gulf State Cooperation (Dr. Edward Lynch, Hollins University and Dr. Sonja Taylor, George Mason University) Social Cohesion, International Legitimacy, and Electoral Integrity in Kuwait...    read more 

Panel 23: Somalia’s Dynamic Threat

Discussant: Dr. Robert Lloyd The Effect of Leadership Decapitation on al-Shabaab in Somalia (Dr. Tricia Bacon, American University) Ethnicity and Forced Marriage in Al-Shabaab-Controlled Somalia (Dr. Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University) Police Militarization and Community Cooperation in Times of Protracted Conflict: Examining Dimensions of Militariza...    read more 

Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Challenge Iranian Dominance

When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announced his vision of exporting the Islamist revolution to the region, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) developed the winning strategy of sponsoring Shiite militias to act as proxies. In 1982 the IRGC created Hezbollah in Lebanon, a model proxy. After the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the IRGC and [&hellip...    read more 

Trump’s Impulsiveness Is Reshaping the Middle East (To Iran’s Benefit)

Shortly after arriving in Tehran in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announced that the new regime was destined to export its revolution to the region. At the time, Khomeini’s declaration sounded like an empty boast. After all, how could a country devastated by a civil upheaval take on its two powerful neighbors, Iraq and Saudi Arabia? But the Supreme Lea...    read more 

How Big Is Russia’s Win in Syria?

The Trump administration’s Oct. 13 announcement of a withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria created a media storm, in which multiple editors, journalists and op-ed contributors declared the move to be a “win,” “victory” and “gift” for Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin. In my view, however, while Putin’s Russia has indeed collected...    read more