Even with Donald Trump,“American isolationism is a fiction”
Andrew Bacevich, Sylvain Cypel, 20 February
Contrary to popular belief, the American administration’s policy is not isolationist. It is characterized by permanent military interventions, in continuity with that of the Obama administration.
Professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, Andrew Bacevich (...)
Is Cooperation Possible to Develop Joint Oil Fields in the Arabo-Persian Gulf?
Pierre Fabiani, August 2017
The crisis between Qatar and its neighbors has highlighted the tensions across the Arabo-Persian Gulf, which are not limited to hostility between Tehran and Riyadh. Cooperation in the exploitation of hydrocarbons could help to ease regional crises.
To unitize oil and gas (O&G) fields (...)
Fertility and Marriage in the Middle East: Paradoxical Trends
Françoise de Bel-Air, June 2017
The demographic transition in most Arab countries seemed irreversible. The levels of childbearing were steadily declining. And yet suddenly they have begun to rise, a rare occurrence in any society. The reasons are many, complex and overturn common beliefs.
Arab demography has given rise to (...)
U.S. Policies in the Middle East under the Trump Presidency
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, April 2017
Donald Trump has not yet formulated a clear foreign policy doctrine. But state appointments as well as the first decisions taken about Syria or Yemen, or the decision to use the most powerful US non-atomic bomb in Afghanistan, reveal some broad orientations of the future US policy in the Middle (...)
Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, March 2017
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
The Sykes-Picot Agreements
Phase Two of the Middle East Partition Process
Kawthar Guediri, November 2016
Exactly a hundred years ago, in 1916, expecting the imminent collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and in order to expand their spheres of influence in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and France concluded a secret agreement with the assent of Tsarist Russia. This accord known as the Sykes-Picot (...)
The McMahon-Hussein Correspondence
Phase one of the Middle East Partition Process
Kawthar Guediri, October 2016
Because it marches with our immediate aims, the break up of the Islamic ’block’ and the defeat and disruption of the Ottoman Empire, and because the states [Sharif Hussein] would set up to succeed the Turks would be (. . .) harmless to ourselves (. . .), The Arabs are even less stable than the (...)
British Anxiety about Jihad in the Middle East
Donald M. McKale, June 2015
Historiography on World War I in the Middle East has emphasized overwhelmingly Britain’s role in encouraging the Arab revolt in 1916 against Turkey and in establishing the Allies’ controversial peace settlements. T.E. Lawrence, the principal British figure in the Arab revolt, asserted in the (...)