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The Arab World in Flux, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
  In this issue of TPQ, we take up a wide selection of topics pertaining to upheaval in the tumultuous Middle East and North Africa – the so-called “Arab Spring” or “Arab Awakening”. In particular, this issue...
Interview with King Abdullah II, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
  In an exclusive interview with TPQ, His Majesty King Abdullah II reflects on how Jordan is living the Arab Spring and how the historic changes of the past year are impacting regional dynamics. To Jordan, King Abdullah explains,...
Interview with Bernard Lewis, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
In this exclusive interview with TPQ, Bernard Lewis attributes Turkey’s historical progress to the practice of self-critique and to the choice of women’s empowerment. These are also the qualities, if maintained and...
Software for Peace, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
The day after revolution is never easy. Euphoria fades quickly; expectations are prone to quick frustration…Experience shows that change is never easy, and it never happens overnight. Instead of “transitions,” we should...
Notions of Identity in the Bahrain Unrest of 2011, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
Bahrain's multi-ethnic and diverse society has undergone tremendous challenges since the onslaught of the unrest in February 2011. This essay highlights the many layers of identity in Bahrain's national definition....
Arab Revolution: Should we Still Call it "Spring"?, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Arab revolution has a long way to go before settling itself and establishing a calm and stable climate conducive to democracy in the region. Some Western circles envision the creation of a moderately Islamic and...
The "14 January Revolution" in Tunisia and Turkish-Tunisian Relations, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
It has already been more than a year since the first protests of the Arab Spring sparked a historic series of events, which continue to this day. The people of Tunisia, being the trigger of the Arab Spring, expressed their desire for a...
Turkey and the Arab Uprising: A Mixed Record, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
It is likely that countries in the Middle East will develop along the lines of their own particular histories, politics, and cultural idiosyncrasies. This does not mean that they have nothing to learn from Turkey but, in this moment of...
The Arab Aggiornamento in Syria: Turkey's Foreign Policy Metaphors, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
The ongoing Arab aggiornamento is essentially a call for freedom and human solidarity. As such, from a secular point of view, it can be interpreted as an example of Camusian rebellion rather than one of ideological revolution. Due to...
Turkish Delight? The Feasibility of the "Turkish Model" for Egypt, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
While comparisons and arguments for why the Turkish Model is relevant to burgeoning MENA countries now undergoing transition abound, the infeasibilities of “selling” this model have been less explored. This article makes...
Alevis and the Turkish State, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Alevi Opening, an attempt of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to “solve” the Alevi “problem” through a series of workshops between the State officials and the Alevi community was completed in 2010. The...
NATO, the Mediterranean Dialogue, and the Middle East: It is Time for NATO to Get Serious, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
This article deals with efforts in seeking to upgrade Israel’s relationship vis-àvis NATO prior to and during NATO’s New Strategic Concept Seminars. We, as the MMH Global Strategies, address the earlier need to take...
An Underestimated Human Rights Issue: Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
Female genital mutilation (FGM, hereinafter) is a form of gender-related violence that was hitherto only known to be practiced in many African countries and in Yemen…Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is prevalent in all governorates...
Turkish Nationalism and Turkish Islam: A New Balance, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
  Nationalism and Islam have widely tended to be viewed as separate elements in the Turkish context. However, Islam has, in fact, been a foundational part of Turkish identity since the establishment of the Turkish Republic; and,...
Russian Foreign Policy in Light of Changing Balances in the Middle East, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
  If Turkey is able to regain the influence she once enjoyed during the period of the Ottoman Empire, this would have negative consequences for Moscow and Tehran in the Middle East. Russia pursues a policy of balancing in...
Book Review: Hamas Under Different Social Microscopes, Winter 2012Sunday, February 5, 2012
  The January 2006 legislative elections in Palestine changed the balance of power in the country and dealt a new hands of cards in the Arab-Israeli conflict…The new balance of power in Palestine has triggered new...