Let’s Talk About Sex and Gender: The Case of Iran: A Book Review – By Hafsa Kanjwal

During a widely reported and controversial lecture at Columbia University in New York, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, boldly declares: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country”. His statement, which caused ripples internationally, especially in the United States, underscores prolonged tensions on the subject of gender and sexuality in modern Iran, a […]

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

Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra is the former president of the American University of Kuwait. This interview discusses his view’s on Arab Nationalism throughout the 20th Century. Sami Shammas, Fletcher MALD 2010, is a second- year student concentrating in Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Sami studied international relations at […]

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 Salafi Jihadist Threat in Lebanon – by Matteo Tomasini

In the last few years, particularly after the May 2007 fighting in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al‐Barid, the threat of al‐Qaeda establishing a base in Lebanon from which to wage its global jihad has become a cause for concern for most of the international community. This paper will examine to what extent this […]