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The Journal for politics, economics, and culture of the Middle East published by the German Orient-Institute

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01/01/18

Orient I 2018

Ross Harrison
Regionalism in the Middle East: An impossible dream?

Maximilian Felsch
The Arab regional system after the Arab uprisings: Reaching hegemonic stability?

Patrycja Sasnal
The looming peace in Syria: A dilemma for the UN

Robert Mason
A reassessment of the European Neighbourhood Policy

Ibrahim Al-Marashi
The Arab League: Between ambitions and reality

Aidan Hehir
The Responsibility to Protect, the UN Security Council and the Arab Spring

Wolfgang Mühlberger
Chasing the Jinn: Countering Hezbollah with lawfare

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01/01/18

Regionalism in the Middle East: An impossible dream?

One of the major factors inhibiting regionalisation in the Middle East is the absence of political will to cooperate on the part of leaders. While the attributes of the leaders of the major regional powers, namely Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, are undoubtedly important in determining their propensity to support regionalisation, there are even more important systemic factors that cause the most enlightened individual to eschew regional integration. A legitimacy crisis plagues most countries in the region, turning them inward rather than towards the region. The civil wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen have become conflict traps that have drawn in all the major regional powers, pitting them against each other and away from a stance of cooperation. And rather than having a stabilizing effect on the Middle East, the United States and Russia have reinforced the region’s fault lines, pushing it further away from integration. While mitigating these dynamics does not ensure success in sparking regionalisation, it improves the probability that a window to a better future will ultimately open.

Ross Harrison is on the faculties of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the University of Pittsburgh, and is a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Harrison is the author of Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy and Business Professionals, which is a required text at the National War College in Washington, D.C., and the co-editor of From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East.

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01/10/17

Orient IV 2017

Achim Rohde
Iraq after IS: Reconstruction or deepening fragmentation?

Christopher Phillips
Syria after IS

Wolfgang Pusztai
Libya: A second home?

Rayan Haddad
Lebanon: A spillover to be?

Curtis R. Ryan
Jordan: Between IS and the Syrian Civil War

Fred H. Lawson
Gulf dynamics: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the emergence of regional multipolarity

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01/07/17

Orient III 2017

Sübidey Togan and Ömer Faruk
Gençkaya Recent developments in the Turkish economy

Güneş Murat Tezcür
The deepening of the Kurdish question in Turkey

Nilgün Arısan Eralp
Quo vadis Turkey-EU relations?

Bahar Baser
Turkey’s domestic politics spill-over to Europe: old debates in new frames

Ahmet S. Yayla
The so-called Islamic State and the (slow but steady) radicalisation of Turkey

Nebi Miş and Burhanettin Duran
Turkey’s constitutional referendum and its effects on Turkish politics

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01/10/16

Orient IV 2016

Sebastian Sons
Lost in Iranoia: Saudi Arabia’s struggle for regional hegemony in times of crisis

Adnan Tabatabai
Iran’s regional policy Decision-making process, goals, areas of cooperation

Fatiha Dazi-Héni
The smaller GCC states’ foreign policy and regional role

Reinhard Meier-Walser
Post-JCPoA international relations The US, Russia, and the Gulf

Reza Ekhtiari Amiri
The Hajj and the future of Iranian-Saudi diplomatic relations

Gawdat Bahgat
Gulf politics: the energy factor

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