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”

Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016

Bernie Sanders was not presidential [sadly to say – despite many of his ideals being great – if not the best compared to his counterparts]. That is something the American people are struggling to grasp – especially the youth. What is – ‘presidential’? Donald Trump – is not presidential. But for reasons different than Bernie.Continue reading “Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016”

The Future of the Middle East: Islam versus the Radicals

A few years into the crisis, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad issued a stark warning to the international community, with perhaps more emphasis on what he referred to as the coalition funding the uprising, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Europe, the US and Israel. The president warned of the impending consequences of funding or supporting terrorist groups whichContinue reading “The Future of the Middle East: Islam versus the Radicals”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

A more liberal strand of Islam might argue that cultural identity is tied to Islamic heritage. Furthermore, it encompasses all philosophy and knowledge into Islam, as opposed to radical Islam which excludes philosophies from the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and the mystical indigenous religions of various regions in the world, like Central Asia and Latin America. WhatContinue reading “How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism”

The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East

  There are numbers floating around regarding the relatively low amount of terrorist incidents committed by Islamic radicals. Still, two points can be brought up. Instability is uniquely inherent to the Middle East; and anti-Americanism is common in the Islamic World. Perhaps these two characteristics of the Islamic World coupled with the increase in radicalizedContinue reading “The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East”

Is Saudi Arabia Next?

The Gulf countries, to some extent, initiated quick reforms to avoid the domino effect of the Arab Spring. Reminiscent of the Age of Metternich in Europe, when serious efforts to revolutionize the continent were being suppressed. Revolution often has little idea of the future, but this weakness is exploited by existing orders to maintain the “statusContinue reading “Is Saudi Arabia Next?”

Is Islam Experiencing Its Enlightenment?

A common theme in criticism of the Assad regime among Syrians themselves is that the government has given minorities like Alawites (Shiite offshoot), Christians and Armenians privileged statuses that surpasses those of the average Sunni Muslim, by a far margin and for long periods of time. The majority of Syria is Sunni Muslim, and lives inContinue reading “Is Islam Experiencing Its Enlightenment?”

The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut

The only question that should be raised in response to the Brussels attack – why is this happening? If you think the answer can be reduced to Islamic extremism or a clash of civilizations – you are ignoring the reality that much of the extremism which encourages violent terrorism in the Middle East emanates fromContinue reading “The Fate of Terror – What We Can Learn From Brussels, Ankara, Paris & Beirut”

Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg

Walberg, Eric. Postmodern imperialism: geopolitics and the great games. SCB Distributors, 2011. Recent history has introduced a period of heightened military conflicts, uprisings and contentions. This has resulted in many shifts in global patterns. Competitiveness between empires has intensified and further complicated the quest for understanding the global political dynamic. In his book, Postmodern Imperialism:Continue reading “Book Review – Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics & The Great Games by Eric Walberg”

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