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”

Who Partakes in Political Violence?

Terrorism is a tactic adopted by particular groups for a political objective. The individuals that partake in this violence often exhibit common characteristics. One of these characteristics is impoverishment (Lee 2011). In parts of the world where state capacity to serve the public is low, terrorist group participation is more likely. In other words, theseContinue reading “Who Partakes in Political Violence?”

Does Democracy Hurt the Arabs?

We long for an Arab glory that has not existed for some time. We have been swept under the rug by nouveau riche politicians and faux-pas muslims trafficking in our religion. Institutional madness has convinced our people that western customs are our own. What happened? Aside from military domination, we have lost our unity, asContinue reading “Does Democracy Hurt the Arabs?”

Netanyahu’s Election Speech Hypocrisy

Since Israel is more of an apartheid than a democracy, it is becoming increasingly difficult for western democracies like the US and Europe to continually vouch for the Jewish state. The Obama Administration has certainly broken from the traditions of its predecessors and perhaps the entire tradition of American politics by even SLIGHTLY suggesting aContinue reading “Netanyahu’s Election Speech Hypocrisy”

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