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 […]

Interview with Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra, Former President of the American University of Kuwait – By Sami Shammas

Dr. Shafeeq N. Al-Ghabra is a professor of political science at Kuwait University, where he has directed the Center of Strategic and Future Studies, and was the founding president of the American University of Kuwait (2003-2006). He gained a PhD in government from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 and has also served […]

Egypt’s Unique Role in the Reawakening and Reorganization of the Palestinian National Movement: 1948‐1967 – By David Aaron Wallsh

Why is it that Egypt not only supported the Palestinian cause, but contributed more than any other Arab state?

Corruption and Social Trust in Afghanistan – By Qiamuddin Amiry

Since 2001, one of the main obstacles for good governance and development in Afghanistan has been the existence of pervasive corruption in the country…Why has Afghanistan become mired in social distrust and corruption? Do corruption and distrust, as some scholars have claimed, have cultural roots? The lack of strong and efficient institutions has harnessed a […]

The Israeli Citizenship Model: The Role of Pluralism and Particularism in Drawing the Boundaries of the Israeli Polity – By Benedetta Berti

This article examines the Israeli citizenship discourse, emphasizing the influence of Israel’s historical experience, societal composition and constitutive values. The first section provides the theoretical foundation of the essay, describing the Israeli citizenship model, stressing its complex nature, and explaining how three alternative models of citizenship—liberal, republican, and ethno‐nationalist—co‐exist and interact in the Israeli polity.

Notions of Islam and the West in the US‐Libyan Relationship: An Historical Perspective – By Farah Bushashia

How did an otherwise obscure Third World country previously ruled by a pliant monarch come to constitute a major enemy of the powerful United States for over twenty years, notwithstanding the paradoxical portrayal of its terrorists as both incompetent and threats to national security?

Interview with Robert Baer, Author of “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” – By Michael Mylrea

Robert Baer is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an […]

Women and the Law in Islamic Societies: Legal Responses to Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia and Morocco – By Cybèle Cochran

  This article examines the legal treatment of domestic violence in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in order to hypothesize about the roots of differential approaches to gender issues under the law in Muslim societies. It will examine how each country’s response to domestic violence is shaped by the fundamental national values expressed in its constitution, […]