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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.”
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.”
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….”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
The Middle East in Flux
by Michael C. Hudson
“The contagion effect created by the regime changes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya suggests a significant degree of imagined community among Arabs everywhere.”
Perspective: Libya’s Revolution: Do Institutions Matter?
by Michele Dunne
Libyans’ path toward democracy looks rocky, to be sure. But at least they have been spared the cynical, instrumental use of democratic institutions that Egyptians and Tunisians for decades endured.
Books: The Muslim World’s Counter-Jihad
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book finds the sources of Arab unrest not only in fury at corrupt regimes and stagnant economies, but also in a popular culture that scorns Islamist extremism.
How the Peace Process Plays in Israel
by Tamar Hermann
“Neither Israeli leaders nor the general public seems to have high hopes for a . . . permanent peace agreement ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”