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After the Iraq War

Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 AFTER THE IRAQ WAR A GLORIA Center Roundtable Discussion   From any direction one considers it, the war in Iraq is an extraordinarily important event in Middle East history. But how much has it changed and in what direction are the trends running? To discuss this issue, on May 27, 2003, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center held an international teleconferenced seminar on this … [Read more...]

Thinking About Arab-American Relations: A New Perspective

Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 THINKING ABOUT ARAB-AMERICAN RELATIONS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE By Khalid S. Al-Khater The relationship between Arabs and the United States must be seen as part of a wider challenge to Arab political rethinking. This article suggests that a new approach to Arab-American relations must come through internal political restructuring more than an analysis of specific issues. Such a change cannot happen as long as Arab debate is dominated by "sloganists" who apply … [Read more...]

Regime Change in Iran: A Reassessment


ISLAMIST IRAN AND TURKEY Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN: A REASSESSMENT By Barry Rubin   A quarter-century ago, Iran underwent a regime change, which became one of the main factors shaping the Middle East's subsequent history. What does this case study show us about regime changes in general and the nature of Iran's revolution itself?   TWO REVOLUTIONS THAT MADE THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST      The politics and ideologies dominating … [Read more...]

The Post-Soviet States and the Post-Saddam Middle East

POST SOVIET STATES AND MIDDLE EAST Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 THE POST-SOVIET STATES AND THE POST-SADDAM MIDDLE EAST By Stephen Blank    The war in Iraq, which Russia opposed, has highlighted a Russian strategy increasingly willing to confront U.S. policies and interests, both in the Middle East and in Central Asia. From Moscow's standpoint, there is great concern over growing U.S. influence in countries once allied with or even part of the USSR. This wide range of … [Read more...]

Syria and the War in Iraq

SYRIA AND THE WAR IN IRAQ Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 SYRIA AND THE WAR IN IRAQ By Eyal Zisser Many in the West believed that Bashar al-Asad's ascension to power in Syria presaged a turn away from Pan-Arab nationalism and toward a more pro-Western position.  However, three years into his rule, Bashar al-Asad has not brought about any such change. On the contrary, Bashar has adopted a policy sometimes even more radical than that of his father, Hafiz al-Asad.  Syria's … [Read more...]

Gulf Arabs and the New Iraq

GULF ARABS AND NEW IRAQ Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003   THE GULF ARABS AND THE NEW IRAQ: THE MOST TO GAIN AND THE MOST TO LOSE? By Sean Foley   While many of the international and domestic problems of Gulf Arab monarchies have been building for years, the U.S. overthrow of Iraq's government puts these issues in a different context. On the regional scene, this change has improved the security of these countries yet it has also opened new pressures--or opportunities--for … [Read more...]

Strategic Location, Political Dislocation: Turkey, The United States, and Northern Iraq

STRATEGIC LOCATION Volume 7, No. 2 - June 2003 STRATEGIC LOCATION, POLITICAL DISLOCATION: TURKEY, THE UNITED STATES, AND NORTHERN IRAQ By Bill Park The Turkish parliament's failure, after months of negotiations, to grant U.S. ground forces access to national territory to enable a direct land assault against northern Iraq demonstrated that Washington's strategic valuation of Turkey's geographic location may not necessarily be welcomed by the country's inhabitants. Ankara's … [Read more...]