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Interview by Matan Chorev

A Conversation with Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith

Matan Chorev interviews Peter W. Galbraith, author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End,on Iraqi Kurdistan and the future of Iraq. Galbraith served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and has held senior positions in the U. S. Government and the United Nations.

Ethan Corbin

Lessons From the Interior: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Syria

The role of Islam in Syria today is changing and a key instrument behind this change is the President Bashar Asad. 

John Keefer Douglas, Matthew B. Nelson, Kevin L. Schwartz

Rising in the Gulf: How China's Energy Demands are Transforming the Middle East

Asa major oil consumer, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has turned outward, cultivating bilateral relationships with Middle Eastern states—specifically Iran and Saudi Arabia—that can literally fuel China’s rapidly growing economy and achieve its grand energy strategy. 

Jonathan Thomas

Constructing a Legal Case Against Iran’s Nuclear Right to Enrich within the International Court of Justice

The international community has worked to bring Iran back into favorable status under the NPT but has been hampered by a number of issues including Iran’s perceived security threats, economic and energy concerns, and, notably, its insistence that it has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes under the NPT. 

Shai Gruber

Hamas: Pragmatic Ideology

Hamas’Charter presents rigid ideological views incompatible with the actual situation in Palestine. Hamas is pragmatic and flexible in the implementation of its ideology, if for nothing else, than to retain its base of public support. 

Chris Doten

Color Evolution: NGOs and Oligarchs Unite for Change in Kyrgyzstan

The changes accompanying the earthquake relief operation in Pakistan, and the influx of all forms of aid, have presented a window of opportunity for both negative and positive cultural transformation.

Ali Akanda, Sarah Freeman, Maria Placht

The Tigris-Euphrates River Basin: Mediating a Path Towards Regional Water Stability

As populations, and therefore needs, grow in the Euphrates River Basin,Turkey, Syria, and Iraq must move forward to find a trilateral solution to the region’s water needs. 

Saminaz Zaman

Review of The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood by Rashid Khalidi