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Rethinking Mission and Priorities: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation – by Arian Sharifi

Arian Sharifi reviews the history, evolution, and performance of the OIC, and provides a vision for its future. He recommends a reassessment of the organization’s focus and priorities, suggesting that the OIC will better serve its member-states if its mission was redefined to specifically focus on cooperation in the fields of economic development and commerce. This will make the OIC more effective in its current situation and paves the way for cooperation on political and strategic issues in future.

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Of Empires And Citizens

Book Review: Amaney A. Jamal’s “Of Empires and Citizens” – by Elissar Harati

  The entrenchment of authoritarianism in the Arab world is usually attributed to cultural, religious, or economic factors. Most experts look to the political economy of rentier states, particularly in the Persian Gulf, to explain how clientelism buys off loyalty and dissent. Rentier states derive a substantial portion of their national revenues from the extraction […]

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Vernacular Freedom: Locating Feminism in Post-Mubarak Egypt – by Melinda Holmes

Criticizing the absolutist approach of many women’s rights advocate, Melinda Holmes writes that centering the conversation on ethics, and learning how to “speak” ethics across the religious-secular divide, is the only way to proceed toward a universal understanding that can be the basis for a truly just global order. Muslim feminists are, in all their […]

This model captures Israel’s decision making process during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War.  It portrays how the hostilities escalated in an exponential manner: from an aerial campaign, to mobilizing the reserves, to a small deployment of troops into Lebanon, to a full-scale ground invasion.  It should be noted that it was difficult to capture the diplomatic initiatives within the model since they mostly occurred simultaneously to the escalations.

Israeli Crisis Management During the 2006 Lebanon Conflict – by Benjamin Rosenbaum

Benjamin Rosenbaum argues that, short of a war, the 2006 conflict in southern Lebanon is best understood through the image of a crisis: an event which breaks out suddenly, presents threats to the status quo, and demands quick decisions under stress. He analyzes the management of the crisis from the perspective of the Israeli government, […]

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The World Bank in the MENA Region, a Conversation with Inger Andersen – by Jack Berger

During the EPIIC Conference on the Future of the Middle East and North Africa at Tufts University, co-editor Jack Berger sat down with Inger Andersen, the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region for the World Bank to discuss issues of unemployment, governance, and sustainability in the region.

Daniel Markey on the Evolving U.S.–Pakistan Relationship – by Sukanya Banerjee and Michael Mori

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s domestic situation, the U.S. drone program, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and reconciliation with the Taliban.

Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group, on the Syrian civil war – by Mike Airosus

Noah Bonsey, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis group based in Beirut, discusses the recent developments in the Syrian civil war, including the impact of the chemical weapons deal, the implications of increased violence in Lebanon, and the upcoming Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22nd in Switzerland.

Rami Khouri on the Birth of the Arab Citizen – by Alex Taylor and Jack Berger

While focus on the Arab uprisings centers on the democratic setbacks that have followed the bursts of change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria – among other countries – the current discussion largely misses the most important shift in the region: the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

Correcting the Course of Egypt’s Revolution: A Conversation with Dalia Ziada – by Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras

Dalia Ziada, an influential Egyptian human and women’s rights advocate, argues that while the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the military may have been a point of regression for Egypt’s democratic development, it was also an opportunity to correct the course of the Egyptian revolution. Ziada believes that the situation in Egypt […]

Op-Ed: Diversification without Disintegration – by Ameya Naik

  His Highness The Aga Khan reflects on the challenges of developing a cosmopolitan and pluralistic society in the information age. “…to remain empathetically open to the Other in a diversifying world is a continuing struggle of central importance for all of us.” This piece draws from the 88th Annual Stephen Ogden Lecture, delivered by […]

Op-ed: US Policy in Egypt Inconsistent and Counterproductive – by Seth Binder and Amrou Kotb

American inconsistent policy has only exacerbated the problems of Egypt’s transition and adversely affected US interests. The US stands a much better chance of serving its interests by articulating and executing policies aligned with its calls for inclusive democracy.


Op-ed: Women’s Rights in Egypt: An Unlikely Opportunity – by Faiqa Mahmood

A government led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) provides a unique opportunity for the promotion of women’s rights in Egypt. To mark a successful chapter in the struggle for greater rights for women, religious and secular civil society actors must unite and build on their strong common ground.

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