Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
Jointly published by the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon and the Middle East Forum
Vol. 6   No. 6-7

June/July 2004



LEBANON
The US and France Tip the Scale in Lebanon's Power Struggle
Recent American and French pressure for constitutional presidential succession in Lebanon has had far-reaching effects.
Ziad K. Abdelnour
Hezbollah and the West African Diamond Trade
Blood diamonds are a terrorist's best friend.

DEMOCRACY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Jumpstarting Arab Reform: The Bush Administration's Greater Middle East Initiative
The Bush administration's Mideast democracy promotion campaign has already borne fruit. Since details of the initiative were leaked in February, Arab governments have launched their own reform initiatives and allowed pro-democracy activists more freedom to organize and express themselves, while the Arab League passed an unprecedented resolution expressing commitment to "democratic practice" and human rights.
Gary C. Gambill
Democratization, the Peace Process, and Islamic Extremism
American efforts to promote democracy can be effective in the absence of significant progress toward a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement, while the risks of empowering Islamic extremists can be managed.
Gary C. Gambill
Turkey's Justice and Development Party: A Model for Democratic Islam?
Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey's leading Islamist party has advanced political and economic reform in Turkey, while preserving its pro-Western foreign policy.
Thomas Patrick Carroll
IRAQ
Dossier: Lakhdar Brahimi
The UN special envoy's involvement in Iraq has galvanized regional Arab support for the country's political transition, but at what cost?
Mahan Abedin
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Gary C. Gambill

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Thomas Patrick Carroll
Robert G. Rabil
Michael Rubin
Youssef Haddad

London Correspondent
Mahan Abedin

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