Iraqi Kurdistan: The Internal Dynamics and Statecraft of a Semistate – by Matan Chorev

The semistate possesses many of the features commonly associated with the modern nation-state but remains unrecognized as a sovereign entity. Semistates (such as Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Iraqi Kurdistan) inhabit the central conflict fault-lines of Southwest Asia’s strategic landscape at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In order to concoct effective conflict management […]

Review of “The Price of Fear: TheTruth Behind the Financial War on Terror” – by Ibrahim Warde

On November 7, 2001, amid much fanfare, the U.S. led a global shutdown of Al-Barakaat, a large Somali remittance company headquartered in Dubai. The first major target in the financial war on terror, the company stood accused of providing $15-25 million annually to Al-Qaeda. U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill called Al-Barakaat “the quartermasters of terror”; […]

Does the Price of Watermelons Matter? Economic Performance and Political Legitimacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran – by A. Nicholas Gossen

Despite Ayatollah Khomeini’s famous comment that the Iranian revolution was “not about the price of watermelons,” the Islamic Republic of Iran was in part founded on economic promises of redistribution, equality, and justice. The strength of this rhetoric has formed a core basis of political support for the regime, but it has also established public […]

Interview with Itamar Rabinovich: Walking the Tightrope of Middle East Diplomacy – by Michael Mylrea

Charisma in Modern Islamic Revolutionary Movements: The Case of Ahmad Shah Massoud – by Casey J. Johnson

The Rise of Islamic Banking and Finance in Central Asia – by Geoffrey F. Gresh