Tag Archives: Middle East

Part 2: Islam, Democracy and Pluralism: Modernity in an Age of Arab Power Politics

What is the potential for democracy in the Arab-Muslim World? This is the preeminent question that will dominate the Middle East for decades to come. The current civil wars raging in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen will shape new political borders of the Middle East. These countries mark the frontiers for the development of new […]

The Oslo Accords: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on a Bridge to Nowhere

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is anchored in the political dispositions and psychological calculations of a discordant and heavily misunderstood history. With the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent wars of 1967 and 1973, reciprocal animosity among Jews and Palestinians became the sole characteristic of the violently cyclical ethnic conflict. The procession […]


The United Nations has reported that 51 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to civil war and transnational violence. The places most impacted by the influx of non-indigenous people are also those with regressive political institutions and insufficient local infrastructure to help mitigate the problems incurred by shifts in population flow. […]

Welcome to Nation Affairs

Our journey into the 21st Century has been marked by events such as terrorism, financial meltdown, and war. Amidst all this turmoil, traditional power structures are being challenged by the onslaught of violence taking place across the globe.  The United States is in the beginning stage of a major shift in its ability to assert […]