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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

How To Learn From the Present

Learning from Libya: The Right Lessons for NATO Damon M. Wilson Issue brief, Atlantic Council Aug 16, 2011 Damien M. Wilson, the Executive Vice President and author of this issue brief is immediately clear in announcing the success of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. The forces prevented an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Benghazi and moved on to help the rebels in carry out their goal of overthrowing Qadhafi. The ultimate achievement of the intervention lay in preventi...

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Nima Khorrami Assl
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on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

A Paradigm Shift in Turkey

A combination of domestic, regional, and international factors were at play when Turkey decided to forgo the "isolationism and dependency" of its pre-World War Two and Cold War eras in favour of a more pro-active foreign policy in its former Ottoman space. Beginning in the early 1990s, this strategy of "re-discovery" was significantly accelerated with the election of AKP in 2002 and was dubbed as "zero problems with neighbours". The 'zero problems' policy, however, was never a realistic...

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Jacqueline Shoen
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on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

Let the Campaigns Begin

This past Saturday, Tunisia’s 111 registered political parties were given the go ahead to begin their campaigns, just about three weeks before election day. Garnering gra...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011

The Heavy Metallers of Kabul

The telephone call came a few hours before the rock concert was due to start. Security trumped ticket sales, backed by the justified fears that Muslim fundamentalists might...

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Adel Al-Toraifi
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on : Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011

The “Arab Spring” Countries: Religious and Civil Debates

In the winter of 1992, Cairo’s International Book Fair held a famous debate entitled “Egypt between a religious and civil state”. It was attended by sheikhs of Islamic ...

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Safaa Azab
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on : Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011

The Last Interview

A long career in the world of diplomacy did not rid Bassiouni of his understanding of the military, which he developed when he served as an intelligence officer. Later, Bassiou...

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Berenice Murgue
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on : Wednesday, 5 Oct, 2011

Paving the Way

Morocco is facing a turning point in its history that may have far-reaching ramifications for the wider Middle East. Feminist nongovernmental organizations and associations s...

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Alastair Beach
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on : Wednesday, 5 Oct, 2011

The Business Trip

Once upon a time in Egypt, there was a housewife. Married and with children, her husband was forever jetting off to Germany and leaving her alone in Cairo. Then one day ...

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Paula Mejia
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on : Tuesday, 4 Oct, 2011

Moving On

After a number of delays in replacing the interim cabinet, Libya’s National Transitional Council presented a clearer picture of their vision for transition at a press confe...

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Andrew Mumford
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on : Tuesday, 4 Oct, 2011

From Baghdad to Benghazi

The strategic purpose of counter-insurgency campaigns is often difficult to market to the general public. A danger to the obvious national interest—a hallmark of convention...

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