Topic:

Arab Spring

A New “Arab Spring” in the Persian Gulf?

| July 13, 2017

The winds of war blowing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Iranian subversion, are destabilizing the Persian Gulf principalities. To make matters worse, the economic situation, which has worsened in recent years because of ill-advised decisions, is stoking fears of popular uprisings and widespread disturbances. These internal crises could lead to a new “Arab Spring” in which some of the Gulf monarchies might fall. The main winner would be Tehran, for which the current crisis, along with the boycott imposed on Qatar, has opened a path to a takeover of Bahrain – and Iran has already, in effect, taken over Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sana’a.

Perfect Storm: The Implications of Middle East Chaos

The storms now convulsing the Middle East are civilizational shifts of historical proportions. Anyone from the outside trying to influence these regional upheavals in a positive direction will find the task very difficult. Israel must focus narrowly on the greatest threat looming in its vicinity — the Iranian drive for nuclear weaponry.

Obama: The Reluctant Realist

| June 7, 2015

Contrary to the assertion that Barack Obama’s foreign policy lacks direction or ideological basis, Prof. David argues the president’s foreign policy can be explained as adhering very closely to traditional realist theory.

Why the Recent Malaise was Neither Arab nor Spring

| June 15, 2014

Arab Spring to Islamic Winter

Welcome Back to Mubarak’s Egypt

| July 4, 2013

The latest chapter in the Egyptian Revolution is nothing more than a return to the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s troubles may only be beginning.

2011 Arab Uprisings and Israel’’s Security

| February 1, 2012

Dramatic events have unfolded in the Middle East since the beginning of 2011. This unstable environment indicates trouble for Israel. What follows is an assessment of the implications of the changing regional environment for Israel’s national security.

The Palestinians Are Part of the Old Arab Order

| January 5, 2012

The Palestinians are part of the old Arab order because time and time again they have aligned themselves with the worst dictators of the Arab world, and their own governments in the West Bank and Gaza are cut from the same cloth as the regimes of the old Arab order.

Egypt’s Constitutional Crisis

| November 16, 2011

Who will shape Egypt’s constitution – the Islamists or the military-backed secularists? While the former seemingly holds the majority public vote, the latter holds the fire power, thus evening out the political battlefield.

Saudi Succession and Stability

| November 1, 2011

The process of balancing and satisfying Saudi royal factions depends on patience and conservatism within royal circles. It also requires quiet in the streets of Riyadh and Jedda. Thus far, there are no signs of the so-called “Arab Spring” spreading to Saudi Arabia.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Women’s Suffrage in Saudi Arabia

| October 9, 2011

King Abdullah says that women will be appointed to the Consultative Council and be allowed to vote and run for municipal councils. Is this a significant advancement for Saudi women’s rights, or just another instance of the kingdom’s “two steps forward, one step back” reform policy?