July 25, 2020

The Fethullah Gulen Movement

  Volume 12, No. 3 - September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 8 of 8 THE FETHULLAH GULEN MOVEMENT Bill Park*   The Gulen movement is attracting increasing and sometimes hostile attention both inside Turkey and beyond as a result of its increasing activity, wealth, and influence. Inspired by the thoughts of its founder, Sufi scholar Fethullah Gulen, it has established hundreds of educational institutions, as well as … [Read more...]

Dry Aquifers in Arab Countries and the Looming Food Crisis

    Volume 12, No. 3 - September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 7 of 8 DRY AQUIFERS IN ARAB COUNTRIES AND THE LOOMING FOOD CRISIS Elie Elhadj* As water volumes in Arab lands dwindle, as per capita income in the large and heavily populated non-oil producing states remains low and narrowly diversified, as high population growth rates persist, a food disaster will sooner or later strike. These … [Read more...]

An Analysis of al-Qa’ida’s Worldview: Reciprocal Treatment or Religious Obligation?

    Volume 12, No. 3 - September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 6 of 8 AN ANALYSIS OF AL-QA'IDA'S WORLDVIEW: RECIPROCAL TREATMENT OR RELIGIOUS OBLIGATION? Raymond Ibrahim* By analyzing what al-Qa'ida preaches to Muslims regarding Islam's relationship to the non-Muslim world at large, and what it states to the West are its reasons for battling it, this essay seeks to highlight the many disparities … [Read more...]

Implications of the Georgian Crisis for Israel, Iran, and the West

The August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia has not only had a strong impact on the United States and Europe, but also on Israel and Iran. This article examines Israeli and Iranian reactions to the crisis, as well as its broader impact on regional energy and security concerns. The conflict that took place between Georgian and Russian forces in August 2008 has clearly had a strong impact on Russia's relations not only with Georgia, but also with Europe and the United States. It will be … [Read more...]

Pakistan and the Challenge of Islamist Terror: Where to Next?

On August 18, 2008, Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's beleaguered president, resigned from office, allowing the Speaker of Senate, Muhammad Mian Sumroo to assume the position of interim president. What was surprising was not so much Musharraf's decision to step down, but rather how smooth the transition from military to civilian rule was: there was no violence or commotion. This was largely due to the fact that both Musharraf and the army had accepted that it was time for a change and that … [Read more...]

Israel and the Obama Presidency: A Roundtable Discussion

    Volume 12, No. 3 - September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 3 of 8 ISRAEL AND THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Panel Discussion* On November 6, 2008, in light of Barack Obama's election as forty-forth president of the United States, the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a panel discussion on the prospects for U.S-Israeli … [Read more...]

An Obama Administration in the Middle East: A Symposium

Following Barack Obama's election, experts discuss the various foreign policy issues the new administration faces and the strategies the administration might follow. Brief biographies can be found at the end of each section. CONTENTS Barry Rubin, "The Administration's Theme: Conciliation with Enemies"Patrick Clawson, "Obama, the Gulf, and Iran"Norvell B. De Atkine, "Iraq: The Chimera of the 16-Month Withdrawal"David Schenker, "Syria, Israel, and Lebanon"John S. Duffield, "The Obama … [Read more...]

Passing the Baton: An Obama Administration Takes on the Challenge of Iraq

  Volume 12, No. 3 - September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 1 of 8 PASSING THE BATON: AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKES ON THE CHALLENGE OF IRAQ Kenneth M. Pollack*   This article discusses the current situation in Iraq and U.S. policy on that country. It discusses current plans for a U.S. withdrawal and Iraqi politics, putting them also in the context of the likely policy of the Obama administration and the coming … [Read more...]