PhD Proposal: Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring

    Research Questions, Hypotheses & Variables: Why did the Arab Spring affect states differently? What accounts for these differences in outcome? This article seeks to address that very question. In this research, I extend “Wimmer et al’s” model of ethnic conflict & exclusion to include ethno-religious groups in the Middle East. Ample literature hasContinue reading “PhD Proposal: Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring”

Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring

Why did the Arab Spring affect states differently? What accounts for these differences in outcome? This article seeks to address that very question. Globally, no state is a “perfect democracy” but some are obviously closer and more exemplary than others. Democracy is multi-dimensional meaning that there are components therein, all of which are necessary forContinue reading “Accounting for Differences in Outcome of the Arab Spring”

A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East

A comparative study of Syria & Iraq wars, makes it evident that the cause of instability is not authoritarianism, nor radicalism in either of these states, and the entire ME region. Rather these are symptoms of a greater menace inciting them – neo-imperialism. Enough with associative-thinking Β – ‘this has to be true because of this.’Continue reading “A Neo-imperial Menace – The Great Game for the Middle East”

Syria ‘in a state of complete war’ with terrorism – Assad (FULL INTERVIEW)

Nationalism in the Middle East: Iran, Syria, and the West

In the days of President Harry Truman, relations between the United States and the Middle East weren’t so sour. In 1952, everything changed. The United Kingdom was planning to depose the newly democratically elected prime minister of Iran:Β Prime Minister Mossadegh. He is the man seated in the photograph above. Mossadegh hadΒ quickly become the archenemy ofContinue reading “Nationalism in the Middle East: Iran, Syria, and the West”

Part II: Barbara Walters & Bashar al-Assad

As Part II of my segment on the Full Barbara Walters interview with Bashar Al-Assad, which was, to our intellectual misfortune, not aired on national television in its full length, I will provide the highlights of the interview, summarizing key points and, more specifically, those that have been largely overlooked by analysts, the media, andContinue reading “Part II: Barbara Walters & Bashar al-Assad”

Part I: Barbara Walters & Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was recently interviewed by American journalist Barbara Walters in the first official interview by a western journalist since Syria became the center of international attention last February. Walters asked Assad if he believed he still had the support of his people after having commanded what the international community has referred toContinue reading “Part I: Barbara Walters & Bashar al-Assad”

Syria vs. the Arab League

A League of despots, clerics, and Kings has taken it upon itself to be the harbinger of justice in the Middle East. According to a New York Times article by Neil MacFarquhar and Nada Bakri, the Arab League made the claim that it does not intend to depose the Assad Regime. Instead, the Arab LeagueContinue reading “Syria vs. the Arab League”

Advice for Bashar: Do like your father and get rid of your brother!

Instead of demanding that Bashar al-Assad abandon his post as Syrian President as most Western powers continue to do, another option is to pressure Assad to do like his father: get rid of his crazed brother Maher al-Assad. Like his father, Hafez al-Assad, Bashar is “blessed” with a maniacal brother who is power-hungry and barbaric.Continue reading “Advice for Bashar: Do like your father and get rid of your brother!”

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