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Libya on the Brink and How to Pull it Back: Options for International Actors Christopher Thornton Shawwal 1436 August 2015   Abstract: The launch of Operation Dignity in May 2014 transformed Libya’s low-level military and political conflict into a full-blown war. The seizure of Tripoli and much of western Libya by the opposing Libya Dawn movement left the country divided in two with two parliaments, two governments, and two putat
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?Kurdish Islamists in Iraq, from the Muslim Brotherhood to the so-called “Islamic State:” Continuity or Departure Mohammed Shareef Issue 5 – Shaban 1436 June 2015   Abstract: The major Islamist groups in the Kurdistan region of Iraq have long been part of the political landscape both at the subnational Kurdistan level and at the Iraqi national level. They gradually emerged in the late 1980s and became mo
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Joseph A. Kochichian Issue 4 – Rajab 1436 H May 2015 Abstract The Obama administration’s record in the Middle East from 2008 to the present included several failed opportunities, although what stood above all else was the lack of urgency to tackle the Arab-Israeli peace process, still the enduring concern that galvanizes Arab opinion. With little hope for any prospects for a revival in the aftermath of a public row between Mr. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it seems that Ob
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Fatemeh Shams Issue 3 – Jumada’1 1436 H – February 2015   :Abstract The present study tackles the question of the relationship between poetry and power in Iran in three periods, with a specific focus on the third one. The first period stretches from the rise of Persian court poetry in the medieval period to its demise in the wake of the constitutional movement (1905–11). The second reaches from the rise of constitutional and modern poetry to the emergence of pro-revolutionary poetry at the outset of the 1979 revolution. The third features the emergen
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Salvaging the “Axis of Resistance,” Preserving Strategic Depth ?The Iranian Political Elite and Syria: Parallel Tracks with a Single Objective Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi Issue 1 – Muharram 1436 H – November 2014
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