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Middle East and North Africa: Issues in Focus

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The complex realities of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have many parents. The strategic postures of Iran and Turkey are two of them, but there are also a number of additional factors that exert their influence on a more local level. For instance, why is it that Israel’s Mizrahim (Arab Jews) tend to support right wing Israeli policies? And why has Jordan thus far remained relatively untouched by the Arab Spring? Finally, how might these factors and a host of others shape the MENA region over the next few years?

The Third World, Global Islam and Pragmatism

19 Aug 2013 / Special Feature

What really drives Iran’s foreign policy? According to Walter Posch it has three dominant strains: religious fervor, rational political calculation and something that Western observers tend to overlook – Iran’s long-standing self-image of itself as a spearhead of the Third World. More on «The Third World, Global Islam and Pragmatism»

Turkey's Regional Role: Public Attitudes in the Middle East

14 Feb 2013 / Video

Have the recent uprisings in the Middle East tarnished Turkey’s reputation among its neighbors? On the contrary, say Sabiha Gündogar Senyücel and others. Their research suggests that despite the ongoing political turmoil in the region, public attitudes towards Turkey remain favorable. More on «Turkey's Regional Role: Public Attitudes in the Middle East»

Israel’s Internal Frontier: The Enduring Power of Ethno-Nationalism

21 Aug 2013 / Article

Why do Israel’s Mizrahi (Arab Jews) generally support the country’s right-wing political parties and their policies? Cathrine Thorleifsson attributes this phenomenon to the power of ethno-nationalism, which she believes will persist as a preferred vehicle for Israeli national unity. More on «Israel’s Internal Frontier: The Enduring Power of Ethno-Nationalism »

Political Instability in Jordan

22 Aug 2013 / Special Feature

Jordan has so far managed to weather the political storms unleashed by the Arab uprisings. Robert Satloff and David Schenkerthe warn, however, that this might soon change. They think that the risk of political instability within the country is greater now than at any time since the early 1970s. More on «Political Instability in Jordan»

The Future of the Middle East and North Africa

23 Aug 2013 / Article

The Arab uprisings have arguably aggravated the social, economic and political problems that already exist in the Middle East and North Africa. In today’s Question and Answer session, the CSS’ Lorenzo Vidino offers his predictions on how the attempts to resolve these problems might play out over the next few years. More on «The Future of the Middle East and North Africa»

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