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December 2013
How the Syrian Regime Outsmarted Its Enemies
by Reinoud Leenders
“The Assad government watched how uprisings unfolded in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, took stock of international reactions to these events, and, in response, developed strategies to maximize its probabilities of survival.”

December 2013
The Return of Egypt’s Deep State
by Augustus Richard Norton
“Not only was the paramount role of the military unimpeded after the exit of Mubarak, but other key institutions were undiminished in their power.”

December 2013
Is US-Iran Détente Possible?
by Mohsen Milani
“Washington must have a realistic assessment of how far Rouhani can go without inciting a backlash from the conservatives at home.”

December 2013
Iraq Faces the Brink Again
by Kenneth M. Pollack
“Iraq’s indigenous forces for stability seem unlikely to be able to hold the levee themselves, but among the external players only Iran, ironically, seems willing to exert itself to help avoid a catastrophe.”

December 2013
Propaganda and Power in the Middle East
by Emile Nakhleh
“The youth revolts . . . have shown that while regimes might be able to play the Islamic radicalism and sectarianism cards to bolster their hold on power in the short term, this is a failing strategy in the long run.” Third in a series on soft power around the world.

December 2013
Perspective: Storms of the Arab Spring
by Michele Dunne
Three years ago, the Arab people rose up to demand bread, dignity, and freedom. While reactionary forces have proven resilient, there is no going back to the old status quo.

December 2013
Books: What Arabs Think
by William W. Finan, Jr.
In his new book, Shibley Telhami analyzes extensive polling data from the Middle East, finding that public opinion embraces regional uprisings but dwells on old grievances.

December 2013
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in October 2013, country by country, day by day.

December 2013
Map of The Middle East
by the editors of Current History
Map

December 2012
Syria’s Long Civil War
by Glenn E. Robinson
“Without an acknowledgment of possible defeat, neither the regime nor the opposition will accept a grand bargain in which compromise is central.”

December 2012
Iran’s Deepening Internal Crisis
by Shaul Bakhash
“[Thirty-three] years after the revolution, Iran’s ruling elite is still unable to resolve differences on policy and the country’s future direction through negotiation and compromise.”

December 2012
Iraq Untethered
by Daniel Serwer
“Iraq is still in search of internal equilibrium and its proper international role after the trauma of more than thirty years of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and eight years of American military occupation….”

December 2012
The “Turkish Model” in the Middle East
by Gönül Tol
“The success of Turkey’s democratic experiment and its economic model of high-productivity and export-led growth have contributed to the country’s rising image in a region where authoritarian regimes and rentier economies dominate.”

December 2012
Equality and Authoritarianism in the Arab World
by Ahmed Galal
“A continuation of past redistributive policies in the post-Arab Spring period is not a viable option.”

December 2012
After the Arab Spring: Islamism, Secularism, and Democracy
by Ellen Lust, Gamal Soltan and Jakob Wichmann
Although Islamism is helping to shape political transitions in the Arab world, this does not foreclose the possibilities of democratization.

December 2012
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in October 2012, country by country, day by day.

December 2012
2012 Current History Index
by the editors of Current History
2012 index of authors and titles

December 2012
Map of Middle East
by the editors of Current History
map

December 2011
Letter from Damascus: Will Syria Descend into Civil War?
by Sami Moubayed
“Many in the opposition are now saying the regime is stronger than they had imagined.”

December 2011
The Palestinians’ Receding Dream of Statehood
by Nathan J. Brown
“The drama of international diplomacy has only obscured an ongoing, steady erosion of statehood as a focus of Palestinian aspirations.”

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