Sanctioning Iran: The View from the United Arab Emirates – By Kosar Jahani

Through an analysis of Iran’s economic relationship with the UAE, this paper argues that the UAE, despite enjoying a strong bilateral security relationship with the United States, is unlikely to adopt the kind of unilateral sanctions that the United States advocates. The UAE, which not only enables Iran economically but whose growth is also fueled […]

Ahmad Urabi: Delegate of the People Social Mobilization in Egypt on the Eve of Colonial Rule – By Sean Lyngaas

This paper will examine the three main components of the coalition that carried out Egypt’s Urabi Revolt (1881-1882), namely the landed elite and their peasant subjects, the intelligentsia and the native Egyptian officers who did the heavy lifting in carrying out the rebellion. Despite having differing interests and visions for the future of Egypt, these […]

Gaza on Their Minds: The Effect of “Operation Cast Lead” in Mobilizing Palestinian Action – By Julia Fitzpatrick

This paper seeks to address the following questions: to what extent does the political, economic and social isolation of the Gaza Strip affect its place in a larger Palestinian national consciousness, especially among Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank who are the physically closest Palestinians to their Gazan kin? Do Palestinians in Israel and […]

Development and the Battle for Swat – By Rabia Zafar

This paper examines the story of Swat, a Taliban militants foothold just 70 miles outside of the Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad,through the prism of human development, taking a narrow view of the ongoing unrest among Taliban militants, the central government, and the disaffected people of the area.

From Coexistence to Cleansing: The Rise of Sectarian Violence in Baghdad, 2003-2007 – By Ches Thurber

This article will draw on first-person accounts to argue that sectarian violence in Baghdad appears to be less a result of an inherent inter-religious animus than a collective defensive reaction to the fear and vulnerability created in a time of war and political upheaval. Furthermore, it illustrates how the actions of two outside actors—the United […]

U.S.‐Iran Cultural Diplomacy: A Historical Perspective – by Ramin Asgard

A historical account of US‐Iran cultural diplomacy from 1834 to 2010