NEWS

Former Saudi Ambassador to the United States Turki Al Faisal Al-Saud speaks during the 27th annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers conference on 31 October, 2018 [Alex Wong/Getty Images]

Secret Israel-Saudi Relations Date Back As Far As 25 Years

The ex-Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal this weekend revealed that secret relations between Israel and a number of Gulf states date back as far as 25 years. According to Qatari newspaper Al-Arab, Al-Faisal was interviewed by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, who claims to have conducted interviews with 20 prominent Gulf officials with knowledge of secret relations with Israel. However, many of these people refused to speak to the camera, Israel’s Channel 13 reported.

LEVANT & MESOPOTAMIA

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Government Formation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Regulations, Scenarios and Potential Obstacles

Introduction In the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI) the process of government formation is not only conducted through legal regulations but also under the pressure of various political forces. Furthermore, the process must pass through numerous stages, negotiated agreements, political party rivalries and the filter of the regions dominant political actors. This impression comes from the experience gained from previous government formation processes in the region and is expected to be the same for any government formation processes going forward. Hence, the primary question of the article is: Why does the government formation process in the KRI involve avenues that…
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NORTH AFRICA

Cairo, Egypt - © Photo: Hakim Khatib/MPC Journal

Egypt’s Economic Pain Is All in a Good Cause

Before the 2011 revolution that deposed Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had undergone a few reform periods between 1991 and 2007 in an effort to reduce external debt and expand the role of the private sector. As a result of those reforms, Egypt was able to relax some price controls, tackle double-digit inflation, reduce subsidies and cut taxes.

ARABIAN PENINSULA

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Yemen and the Pope

For once the description “historic” was no exaggeration when, on 3 February 2019, Pope Francis I stepped foot on the Arabian peninsula.  This was the first time, since the establishment of the Muslim faith fourteen centuries ago, that a pontiff had ever done so.  He was visiting the Sunni Gulf state of the UAE (the United Arab Emirates), at the invitation of its crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.  The visit was arranged to demonstrate the reality behind the UAE’s designation of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.

TURKEY & IRAN

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Harsh Turkish Condemnation of Xinjiang Cracks Muslim Wall of Silence

A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs and close what it termed “concentration camps” in which up to one million people are believed to be imprisoned.

INTERCULTRAL

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Gender Equality in the Mind of Men in the MENA

A study shows that only a quarter of men in Arab majority societies support gender equality. The patriarchal nature of these societies comes as no surprise to most of us. Despite it being widely criticised, especially by those who have grown up in the region, there’s been little to no research done to prove its existence.

ATHEISTS AND MINORITIES

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Government Formation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Regulations, Scenarios and Potential Obstacles

Introduction In the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI) the process of government formation is not only conducted through legal regulations but also under the pressure of various political forces. Furthermore, the process must pass through numerous stages, negotiated agreements, political party rivalries and the filter of the regions dominant political actors. This impression comes from the experience gained from previous government formation processes in the region and is expected to be the same for any government formation processes going forward. Hence, the primary question of the article is: Why does the government formation process in the KRI involve avenues that…
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Monthly Issues

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - TABLE OF CONTENTS THE ENIGMA OF ARAB-ISRAELI PEACE 158 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi MEN’S HAIR IN THE BATTLE OVER LEGITIMACY OF POLITICAL ISLAM 167 By James M. Dorsey ORLANDO SHOOTING: IS IT ISLAM OR WESTERN HOMOPHOBIA? 170 By Iris Bendtsen FRANCE’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE INITIATIVE AND THE HAMAS CONUNDRUM 174 By Neville Teller ISLAM AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT 177 By Neil Davidson THE QUANDARY OF TURKEY’S EU BID 185 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal – May 2016 - Volume 01, Issue 05 - THE GROWING BREACH IN MUSLIM UNITY: CAUSES & EFFECTS 124 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi IRAQ: MUQTADA AL-SADR FLEXES HIS POLITICAL MUSCLES 132 By Rick Francona TERRORISM: THEN AND NOW 134 By Conn M. Hallinan EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: GRAPPLE WITH COMPLEXITY WE MUST 137 By Richard Black OMAN IN DIVIDED REGION 140 By Fadi Elhusseini THE JIHADIST CIVIL WAR 143 By Neville Teller WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARAB AUTOCRATS LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES? 146 By James M. Dorsey TRUMP’S DOCTRINE POSES THREAT TO HUMAN SPECIES 149 By Hakim Khatib & Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi GLOBALISATION BETWEEN HOPE AND THREAT TO DEMOCRACY 153 By Burhan Ghalioun SOCIAL MEDIA IN SAUDI ARABIA IS TURNING PEOPLE GAY 156 By Hakim khatib

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - April 2016 - Volume 01 - Issue 04 - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage  TABLE OF CONTENTS CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA – WAS JOHN KERRY OUTPLAYED? 56 By Rick Francona ART BEYOND ASYLUM: SYRIAN ARTISTS IN GERMANY 58 By Hakim Khatib THE TRUTH INTERNATIONAL LAW PROCLAIMS ABOUT THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIE 61 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi THE COMMONWEALTH AND ARAB-ISRAEL RECONCILIATION 68 By Neville Teller IRANIAN ROLE TRUMPS TURKISH MODEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST? 71 By Fadi Elhusseini CULTURAL BRIDGING IN AMMAN – GRASSROOTS PROJECTS WITH SCARCE RESOURC 74 By Hakim Khatib SAUDI EXPORT OF WAHHABISM 76 By James M. Dorsey RUSSIA AND THE US BATTLE IT OUT IN SYRIA 80 By Neville Teller KHAMENEI’S STRATEGIC STEPS TO NAME IRAN’S NEXT SUPREME LEADER 82 By Yvette Hovsepian Bearce TERRORIST ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS – A CLASH OF WHAT? 86 By Hakim Khatib SUFI ISLAM TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM? 89 By Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi PUTIN’S TASK IN SYRIA 93 By Fadi Elhusseini

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal – February 2016 – Volume 01, Issue 02

Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Homepage - January 2016 - Vol 01 - Issue 01 - Mashreq Politics and Culture Journal - Hakim Khatib

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