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“Do you want to go to Solidere?”: Architectural...

Solideres_human_camerasAt two decades after the end of the Lebanese Civil War, the reconstruction of Beirut’s downtown is approaching completion, with the opening in the last couple of years of the new Beirut souqs and considerable advances towards the waterfront.
 

Trust: the absent keystone in Lebanese democracy?

Pro-Syria_demonstration_Beirut_Lebanon._Photo_by_Bertil_Videt  Matilda Allen explains why trust between Lebanon's citizens is essential for the state's democracy to thrive.
   

Taking action through acting: Jenin’s Freedom Theater

some_of_the_theatre_students_on_a_morning_movement_classKnown as ‘The Martyrs’ Capital’ to Palestinians, Jenin Refugee Camp’s streets are lined with posters and awnings featuring somber portraits of the dead.  It is an unlikely setting for The Freedom Theater, a progressive institute that has challenged the concept of a viole…
 

The old and new lessons of Jordan’s November elections

King_abdullah_ii_of_jordanAfter King Abdullah II dissolved Jordan’s Lower House through a Royal decree in November of last year, he entrusted the government with preparing for a new round of parliamentary elections. More importantly, the king also asked the government to amend the temporary Electoral Law. 
   

Balancing and bandwagoning in Baghdad

malikiIraqi leaders announced a power-sharing agreement late on November 10 that left Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in power despite a narrow loss to the Sunni-backed Iraqiya slate of Iyad Allawi in March parliamentary elections.  The Shiite prime minister survived the longest political stalem…
 

Political Theology and Counter-secularization: A Weberian...

MandirRenaud Fabbri queries the assumption that political Islam and Hindu nationalism are anti-modernist: “...whereas European counter-revolutionary political theology could be interpreted mostly as a passéistic reaction against modernity, the new political religious movements of the Middle E…
   

Egypt's already surrendered election

egypt-flagAs Egypt draws close to parliamentary elections, the country’s political scene is rife with activity.  Yet amid increased restrictions on political and press freedom, and widespread suspicions that some opposition parties have struck deals with the current regime, the populous has largely…
 

Recognizing Israel as a Jewish democratic state: Religious...

  Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state has become the most recent obstacle to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process. After weeks of negotiations about an extension on a settlement freeze in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an offer: a two month extension…
   

Pipelines for peace

SaleemThe groundwork for regional pipeline projects emanating from Central Asia through Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh has been laid. These pipelines will define new political partnerships once America cuts down its forces in Afghanistan.
 

Israel and Palestine: Between Alternatives

Picture_012Although, a very strong international consensus has emerged, over the past two decades, that the only practicable means of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a negotiated agreement allowing for two states to live side-by-side, in peace and security, little progress has been made towar…
   

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