Search Results for " Middle East" : 285

by / on May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Turkey Gets Engaged

…thus far dealt well with the challenges presented by its inherited geographical location between Europe and the Middle East. In just 88 years, Turkey has progressed from the distraught remnant of a fallen empire to a global player in foreign affairs as the Middle East’s intermediary window to the West. Looking forward, not even the instability and violence in Libya has dampened Turkey’s spirit. Instead its recent courage in picking up the weaken…

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by / on November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Israel and Gaza: One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

…lieve that 2012 is not 2008. To be frank, with recent tectonic shifts of the political and social terrain in the Middle East, Israel can’t afford another ground war and occupation of Gaza. The Israeli position now is not as secure as it once was four years ago. The Middle East of 2008 is not the Middle East of 2012, and the Hamas of 2008 is not the Hamas of 2012. In 2008, the pre-Arab Spring political order was very much alive and well. The prior…

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by / on October 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

An American Revolution: The US and Iran may come to consensus

…propagated the fear that plans for continental domination were more menacing from Berlin than from Paris. In the Middle East, one such inflection point could potentially be taking place. Like it or not, American policy in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War has been centered around the United States’ desire to achieve regional stability by supporting existing pro-American regimes and replacing adversarial with sympathetic governments. R…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 10/06 – 10/12

…hicago. Moderated by Eugenia Lean, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History and Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Center for International History, Critical Inquiry, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of History, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Middle East Institute. For further informa…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:14 am / in Middle East, World

Stuffed Democracy

…an who in 1994 jumpstarted his political career by taking the reigns of this sprawling city at the confluence of Eastern and Western culture. To many forward-thinkers in the Middle East, Erdoğan’s time in both municipal and national government has very much embodied his hometown’s unique self-awareness as the modern, European heart of a far more pious and conservative country. His tenure as mayor of Istanbul, though not free of scandal sourced in…

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by / on September 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 9/22 – 9/28

…Rights, former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of State and Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations, CNBC Middle East Expert and Contributor and author of the forthcoming book “The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East.” For further information regarding this event, please contact Danielle Goldberg by sending email to dg2651@columbia.edu European Energy Security, Russian Policy, and US LNG Exports 5:15pm – 7:15pm I…

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 7:44 am / in Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom: Momentous Changes Sweeping the Middle East

…k, Qaddafi, and Saleh, one way or another, and the explosion of popular uprisings that have not been seen in the Middle East in a long time. And although the Middle East has seen plenty of tumult in the modern period, it was previously dominated by anti-colonialism, nationalism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, none of which turned out incredibly well. Now is the first time that popular movements, at least nominally clamoring for democracy,…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:06 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Evolution and Revolution

by The age of the Arab dictator is over. The current wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East has deposed two dictators, spilt much blood and fundamentally shaken the status quo. Already, the movement that began with a few street demonstrations in Tunis has led to a regime change in Egypt and threatens to overthrow the monarchy in Bahrain, a military regime in Libya, a dictatorship in Yemen and many other governments throughout the regi…

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by / on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm / in Uncategorized

Obama and the Middle East: Round Two

…ly stand on the side of freedom. He did so slowly and inconsistently his first term; in Obama’s next trip to the Middle East, he should concretely reaffirm America’s commitment to freedom anywhere and everywhere, and should declare that from this day on America’s poor performance during the previous uprisings will be replaced with a forward-looking approach that recognizes the benefit of enabling democracy to grow in the Middle East. There will s…

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by / on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm / in Opinion, World

Ever the Emir

…ama and Mitt Romney argued over issues in foreign policy – and by issues in foreign policy, I mean issues in the Middle East. The debate was fully dominated by talk of the region, including the civil war in Syria, the growing threat of a nuclear Iran, and the winding-down war in Afghanistan. But despite the overwhelming focus on the Middle East, noticeably absent from the debate was any explicit discussion of the resource that defines the importa…

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