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2013

Jordan: 
Monarch in the Middle
Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, 18 March

Egypt: 
The Shias: Egypt's forgotten Muslim minority
Zeinab El-Gundy, Ahram Online, 18 March

Iraq: 
The democracy boondoggle in Iraq
Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy, 5 March

Egypt: 
Egypt and the rise of Islamism

Charles Holmes, Conservative Middle East Council, February

Saudi Arabia: 
My attempt to break the driving ban in Saudi Arabia

Omaima Al Najjar, 27 February

Egypt: 
Egypt's music of protest: from Sayyid Darwish to DJ Haha
Ted Swedenburg, MER265 (Winter 2012)

Iraq: 
George Bush or George Galloway? Ten years on from the Iraq war protests
Chris Doyle, CAABU, 14 February

Yemen:  
A lasting peace? Yemen's long journey to national reconciliation 
Ibrahim Sharqieh, Brookings Doha Center, February 2013

Bahrain:  
Gerrymandering in Bahrain: Twenty-one persons, one vote 
Fahad Desmukh, Bahrain Watch, 11 February

Saudi Arabia: 
America's Saudi problem 
Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy, 24 January

Jordan: 
Jordanís 2013 parliamentary elections at a glance 
Impatient Bedouin blog, 23 January

Arab uprisings: 
As the appeal of Islamism fades, Arab secularism can soar
Jasmine Roman, The National, 12 January

Bahrain: 
Don't leave our public relations in the hands of PR mercenaries
Anwar Abdulrahman, Gulf Daily News, 8 January

Egypt: 
As Al Azhar is thrown to politics, extremists are the only winners

Hassan Hassan, The National, 2 January

Saudi Arabia: 
Saudi national identity
Abdullah Hamidaddin, Riyadh Bureau, 1 January

2012

Egypt: 
The new Egyptian constitution: an initial assessment of its merits and flaws
Zaid al-Ali, Open Democracy, 26 December

Iraq: 
Identity politics in Iraq: how much of it is about identity? 
Fanar Haddad, Near East Quarterly, December 2012

Jordan: 
Our journey to forge our path towards democracy 
A discussion paper by King Abdullah, 30 December

Saudi Arabia: 
Will Saudi Arabia ever change? 
Hugh Eakin, New York Review of Books, 12 December

Arab uprisings: 
Fixing the Arab Citizen-State Relationship
Rami Khouri, Agence Global, 22 December

Syria: 
Assad's Playbook Is Now Empty
Robin Wright, The Atlantic, 14 December

Yemen: 
Press freedom in the shifting Yemeni media landscape
Peter Townson, Doha Centre for Media Freedom, 10 December

Yemen: 
Yemen's rocky roadmap
Adam Baron, Foreign Policy, 10 December 

Egypt: 
Egypt's political crisis

Ellis Goldberg, Foreign Policy, 10 December

Egypt: 
Egypt's constitution conundrum

Nathan Brown, Foreign Affairs 9 December

Egypt: 
In Egypt the elite may have changed, but the revolution continues 
Jack Shenker, The Guardian, 6 December

Jordan: 
Jordanís King Abdullah continues to buy time
Impatient Bedouin blog, 6 December

Syria: 
Why Assad won't use his chemical weapons
Charles Blair, Foreign Policy, 6 December

Jordan: 
Jordanian tremors: elusive consensus, deepening discontent 
Julien Barnes-Dacey, European Council on Foreign Relations. November 2012

Bahrain:  
British policy in Bahrain
 
Report by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, 26 November

Oman:
"Qaboos can make mistakes like anybody else"
Marc Valeri, Jadaliyya, 18 November

Bahrain: 
Assessing Bahrainís implementation of the BICI report
Project on Middle East Democracy, 15 November

Jordan: 
Why not Jordan?
Pete Moore. MERIP, 13 November

Egypt 
Egypt's emerging revolution of the mind 
Christopher de Bellaigue. BBC, 13 November

Syria 
The Survivor  
Randa Slim explains why Bashar al-Assad is still in power. Foreign Policy, 12 November 

Arab uprisings: 
The Left in time of revolution 
Fawwaz Traboulsi, Jadaliyya blog, 9 November

Egypt: 
Habemus baba 
The Economist blog on the new Coptic Pope, 5 November

Arab uprisings: 
What Tunisia did right 
Steven Fish and Katherine Michel, Foreign Policy, 2 November

Yemen: 
Journey to a land in limbo 
Abigail Fielding-Smith in Aden. Financial Times, 2 November

Syria: 
The revolution becomes more†Islamist 
Robin Yassin-Kassab, Qunfuz blog, 1 November 2012

Arab uprisings: 
This is not a revolution
Hussein Agha and Robert Malley, New York Review of Books, 8 November

Egypt: 
The Brotherhood in power: governance kills the project 
Ibrahim El-Houdaiby, Ahram Online, 31 October 2012

Kuwait: 
Kuwait's historic citizen agitation is worth watching 
Rami Khouri, Agence Global, 1 October

Egypt: 
Draft constitution  
Translated into English by IDEA

Syria: 
Do ceasefires ever work? 
Page Fortna, Foreign Policy, 26 October

Kuwait: 
A boiling kettle: Kuwait's escalating political crisis
Fahed al-Sumait, Jadaliyya, 26 October

Lebanon: 
Was Michel Samaha set up by Wissam al-Hassan?
Qifa Nabki blog, 24 October

Arab uprisings: 
The new Salafi politics  
A collection of essays from POMEPS, 16 October

Saudi Arabia:
Twitter gives Saudi Arabia a revolution of its own
Robert F Worth, New York Times, 20 October

     

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


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