Federalism and Regionalism in the Middle East, Not Territorial Disintegration

by Shireen Hunter Since the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, which exacerbated Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian divisions and the manipulation of these divisions by regional and international actors, centrifugal tendencies in Iraq have become quite strong. For example,… Continue Reading  

Deconstructing Netanyahu’s Spin about the Paris Peace Summit

by Shemuel Meir It is difficult to ignore the unbridled joy that took over the Prime Minister’s Office as its spokespeople went out of their way to declare the Paris peace summit, which took place this past weekend, a failure.… Continue Reading  

The Arab Spring Five Years On: Counterrevolution and Fading Euphoria

by Emile Nakhleh As Arab publics reminisce on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 upheavals against their dictatorial regimes, they must feel dismayed and angry at what has transpired since then. The unprecedented euphoria that accompanied the Arab Spring and… Continue Reading  

Jerusalem, Not Baghdad, Is the Islamic State’s Goal

by Jere L. Bacharach When a state creates new money it uses the images on their currency as a statement of their ideals and goals.  In the US, the debate over who should replace Andrew Jackson on the US 20 dollar… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Disintegration Would be Contagious and Destabilizing

by Shireen T. Hunter When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, there was hope that a main barrier to implementing the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and creating a more law-based international system and order had been removed,… Continue Reading