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Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion. MERIP Home. Arms Supplies and Military Spending in the Gulf. While not as great as it had been in the recent past, the role of arms and military spending in the societies and economies of the Gulf states is still much larger than in any other area of the world.

Arms Supplies and Military Spending in the Gulf

It was not until after the Iran-Iraq War and the 1991 Gulf war that these states felt that they could make reductions, necessitated by the 1980s fall in world oil prices, in their very large levels of military spending. Only in Kuwait, for understandable reasons, did military spending in 1995, measured in current dollars, exceed that of 1985.

Excepting Kuwait, military expenditures per capita are down across the region, as is the percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) spent on the military. Those reductions, however, are in levels of military expenditure that were the highest in the world. Even today, the Gulf remains one of the most militarized areas of the world. Demilitarizing Muslim Politics - Shahid Javed Burki. Exit from comment view mode.

Demilitarizing Muslim Politics - Shahid Javed Burki

Click to hide this space ISLAMABAD – Can Muslim governments free themselves from their countries’ powerful militaries and establish civilian control comparable to that found in liberal democracies? This question is now paramount in countries as disparate as Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey. To predict how this struggle will play out, it helps to understand the region’s past. Since Islam’s founding in the seventh century, it has maintained a tradition of deep military engagement in politics and governance.

Why Netanyahu Made the Prisoner Swap Deal with Hamas. No one in Israel is calling the agreement signed for Gilad Shalit’s freedom a good deal.

Why Netanyahu Made the Prisoner Swap Deal with Hamas

On many levels it is terrible. Israel is releasing more than 1000 prisoners, several hundred of them hardened terrorists, for one soldier. For the first time, the Jewish state essentially acquiesced as a terrorist organization dictated the list of prisoners to be released, including several responsible for mass deaths of Israeli citizens, a notion that would once have been unthinkable. Israel may well have given its enemies incentive to kidnap more soldiers. Notes from Behind the Blockade.

The Majalla the leading political affairs magazine in the Arab world. QuiltingPoint. Middle East and North Africa. Middle East Resources - MSU Libraries: Guides. The Middle East 1916-2001 : A Documentary Recor. The Middle East 1916-2001 : A Documentary Record 1916 - The Sykes-Picot Agreement 1917 - Balfour Declaration; November 2 1922 - British White Paper on Palestine; June 1922 - The Palestine Mandate; July 24 1939 - British White Paper on Palestine.

The Middle East 1916-2001 : A Documentary Recor

Basra and Southern Iraq Analysis. Insurgent Iraq: Links to full-text online resources about the Iraqi insurgency. Essential Reading Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A First Look at the Sinjar Records Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman.

Insurgent Iraq: Links to full-text online resources about the Iraqi insurgency

Combating Terrorism Center, West Point, 19 December 2007 (.pdf file). Al-Qaeda in Iraq: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank. Mother Jones, 18 October 2007. Iraq After the Surge Paul Rogers. Middle East Policy Council. المحتوى باللغة العربية. The Particular Believer. A conversation with Nawal El Saadawi, activist, feminist, writer, doctor.

The Particular Believer

She is the author of forty-seven books, including Women and Sex, Memoirs From the Women’s Prison, and God Dies by the Nile. Seventy-nine years old, she is one of the most outspoken agitators for women’s rights in Egypt. Nawal El Saadawi I am very angry today. A Non-Arab Arab / عربي غير عربي. Flashpoint Intelligence. ArmsControlWonk.

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Middle East Program. CAMERA: Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in Ameri. Middle East Forum. The Mess in Afghanistan « BernardFinel.com. I think it is now pretty clear that the 2009 decision to dramatically escalate the war in Afghanistan was a tragic mistake.

The Mess in Afghanistan « BernardFinel.com

A few recent stories highlight this: Glenn Greenwald comments on a new Sunday Times report about drone strikes targeting rescuers: As I indicated, there have been scattered, mostly buried indications in the American media that drones have been targeting and killing rescuers. As the Bureau put it: “Between May 2009 and June 2011, at least fifteen attacks on rescuers were reported by credible news media, including the New York Times, CNN,Associated Press, ABC News and Al Jazeera.”

So, this is a war crime, just to be clear. Afghanistan Conflict Monitor - Human Security Report Project. 04 July 2011 Dear Subscriber, As a result of staffing constraints, changes in media reporting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a shift in our strategic priorities, we have decided to discontinue the Afghanistan and Pakistan Conflict Monitors .

Afghanistan Conflict Monitor - Human Security Report Project

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