Writings by Topic: Middle East patterns

Press Releases
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The 10 Most Widely Read Middle East Forum Articles of 2019 January 10, 2020
The 10 Most Widely Read Middle East Quarterly Articles of All Time News from the Middle East ForumFebruary 24, 2016
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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Islamism vs. The West 35 Years of Geopolitical Struggle New York: Wicked SonOctober 23, 2023
Revolution in Iran: The State of Minorities, Uprising Against Tehran The Jerusalem PostJune 16, 2023
Erdoğan Wins Again in Turkey: What Does It Mean for the Middle East? The Jerusalem PostJune 2, 2023
In Depth: Bringing Assad in from the Cold GISMay 10, 2023
Assad Has Won: Dealing with the Devil We Know EMETApril 27, 2023
The New Middle East Rules of the Rules-Based Order EMETMarch 23, 2023
Israel Must Send a Message to Its Enemies as China Enters the Middle East The Jerusalem PostMarch 16, 2023
Biden Admin Neglects Israel-Saudi Negotiations JNSMarch 15, 2023
Time to 'Snapback' Sanctions on Tehran, Experts Say JNSMarch 14, 2023
Western Establishment Conceals Muslim Persecution of Christians The StreamFebruary 15, 2023
Israel-Sudan Agreement a Success for Abraham Accords, Setback for Iran The Jerusalem PostFebruary 10, 2023
Iran, Syria, Palestinians: A Preview of 2023 The Jerusalem PostJanuary 7, 2023
Israel-Lebanon Maritime Deal Juggles Region's Security, Energy Targets Defense NewsOctober 25, 2022
Iranians in Crimea? The Russia-Iran Model for Syria Moves to Ukraine The Jerusalem PostOctober 19, 2022
U.S. Anger over Saudi Arabia, OPEC Will Impact Israel, Middle East Policy The Jerusalem PostOctober 6, 2022
Iran Continues to Attack Kurds in Response to Protests The Jerusalem PostOctober 5, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part II: Looking Ahead GISSeptember 29, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's Dangerous Actor, Part I: Beginnings GISSeptember 28, 2022
Hezbollah's Nasrallah Threatens Israeli Offshore Gas Field The Jerusalem PostSeptember 17, 2022
It's Too Late to Prevent an Iranian Nuke National ReviewSeptember 16, 2022
Shari'a Still Rules Libya and Egypt: Death for Apostasy PJ MediaSeptember 13, 2022
Iranian Drone Downed in Ukraine; Major Implications The Jerusalem PostSeptember 13, 2022
Muqtada al-Sadr Retires: What Next in Iraq? The Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2022
Israel Must Prepare for Iranian 'Thousand Cuts' War The Jewish ChronicleAugust 25, 2022
New Iran Deal Could Bolster Regime's Military-Industrial Complex The Jerusalem PostAugust 22, 2022
Yemen Sees Calm after a Decade of Conflict The Jerusalem PostAugust 3, 2022
Insurrection Iraq-Style: Toward a Deeper Instability The Jerusalem PostAugust 1, 2022
The Palestinians Are Weak: This Is the Time to Impose Conditions on Them Arutz ShevaJuly 28, 2022
The Israel-India-UAE-US Relationship Is Now a Strategic Fact The Jerusalem PostJuly 14, 2022
Russia - Iran Drone Connection Has Massive Ramifications The Jerusalem PostJuly 12, 2022
Does Iran Take Israel-Gulf Air Defense Cooperation Seriously? The Jerusalem PostJuly 11, 2022
Israel Is Hedging Between Ankara and Athens The Jerusalem PostJuly 8, 2022
Biden Builds on the Abraham Accords The Jerusalem PostJune 30, 2022
Iran Is Worried about U.S.-Israel-Saudi Talks Ahead of Biden's Trip The Jerusalem PostJune 27, 2022
First Lebanon War 1982: A Turning Point for Israel The Jerusalem PostJune 24, 2022
Riyadh and Ankara: Will Reconciliation Change the Region? The Jerusalem PostJune 23, 2022
U.S., Israel, and Russia Focus on Syria The Jerusalem PostJune 20, 2022
U.S. - Israel Military-to-Military Relations Heat Up The Jerusalem PostMay 20, 2022
Is the New Wave of Terror in Israel Part of a Return to Jihad? The Jerusalem PostMarch 31, 2022
Sudan Coup Follows Prevailing Arab World Trend The Jerusalem PostOctober 28, 2021
Fighting and Hugging in the Middle East BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 19, 2021
The End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict JNSSeptember 6, 2020
COVID-19 Widens the Divide in the Fractured Middle East The HillMarch 28, 2020
The Middle East in Flux: Eight Trends The Washington TimesNovember 11, 2019
Iraqis Remember ISIS Massacres Five Years Later The Jerusalem PostJune 12, 2019
Arab Spring: The Second Coming? The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and SecurityMay 1, 2019
UAE and Saudi Arabia Go Big on Investment in Post-Bashir Sudan The Jerusalem PostApril 22, 2019
Riding the Tides: Jordan Sits at a Crossroads of Middle Eastern Dilemmas The Jerusalem PostApril 20, 2019
Israel's Election Results Show Broad Consensus on Diplomacy and Defense The Jerusalem PostApril 16, 2019
Sudan Crisis Impacts Whole Middle East The Jerusalem PostApril 11, 2019
Egypt's Key Role in a Year of Gaza Ceasefires The Jerusalem PostMarch 28, 2019
Gulf Countries Issue Tepid Criticism of U.S. Over Golan Recognition The Jerusalem PostMarch 26, 2019
Ferry Tragedy and Corruption in Mosul Affect All Iraq The Jerusalem PostMarch 25, 2019
Iran-Backed Militias Step Up the Battle in Iraq Wall Street JournalMarch 18, 2019
Why Didn't Algeria Light a New Fuse By Now? The Jerusalem PostMarch 15, 2019
Iran's 'Road to the Sea' Exposed on Golan The Jerusalem PostMarch 13, 2019
Iran and Turkey Media Push Conspiracy Theories About U.S., ISIS The Jerusalem PostMarch 4, 2019
Arab Armies Under the Microscope The Jerusalem PostFebruary 13, 2019
The Middle East's Tectonic Shifts The Jerusalem PostFebruary 8, 2019
The Political Map Drawn 100 Years Ago by the French Still Haunts Syria The Jerusalem PostFebruary 1, 2019
The Middle East Forum at 25: Failure and Success The Jerusalem PostJanuary 24, 2019
Hashd Formations of Iraq: Interview with Harakat Ahrar al-Iraq aymennjawad.orgJanuary 18, 2019
Erdoğan Is Wrong on Syria. Turkey Cannot Get the Job Done. Gatestone InstituteJanuary 15, 2019
Where is Turkish Industry 5.0? Sigma TurkeyJanuary 7, 2019
A Lesson from Syria: US Military, Political Goals Must Align The HillJanuary 4, 2019
What's Behind Sudanese Presidential Al-Bashar Going to Meet Syria's Assad The Jerusalem PostDecember 17, 2018
In the Middle East, You Win with Fear Israel HayomNovember 13, 2018
The Return of ISIS Jonathanspyer.comNovember 2, 2018
Iran's Dangerous Game in Gaza Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2018
"Genocide Against Christians" Gatestone InstituteOctober 14, 2018
Turkey's Revolution Looks like Iran's - but in Slow Motion Gatestone InstituteOctober 10, 2018
Pakistan: Death or Life for Christian "Blasphemer"? Gatestone InstituteOctober 10, 2018
Islamic State Shifts from Provinces and Governance to Global Insurgency International Peace Institute: Global ObservatorySeptember 26, 2018
"Al Shabaab Are Now Hunting down the Children in Mogadishu" Gatestone InstituteSeptember 23, 2018
Whitewashing Far-Right Parties in the Middle East Jerusalem PostJuly 30, 2018
Why There's Muslim Violence, but not Christian Violence, in the Middle East FrontPage MagazineDecember 27, 2017
Why There Is No Peace in the Middle East The Gatestone InstituteOctober 14, 2017
Who's Up and Who's Down in the Middle East Israel HayomAugust 24, 2017
Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN The Gatestone InstituteJune 28, 2017
Only Washington Can Forge a Moderate Mideast Axis The Jerusalem PostFebruary 4, 2017
Trump's Choices in the Middle East The Boston GlobeDecember 8, 2016
The Middle East Can't Be Fixed BESA Center PerspectivesSeptember 1, 2016
The Foul Legacy of Sykes-Picot The Washington TimesMay 9, 2016
Tribalism Drives Middle East Violence Independent Journal ReviewMarch 25, 2016
Does the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Still Matter? The National PostJanuary 11, 2016
Middle East Provocations and Predictions The Mackenzie InstituteSeptember 9, 2015
The Middle East Runs out of Water The Washington TimesMay 8, 2015
Cartoons, Muslim Anguish, and Modernity Asia Times OnlineMay 6, 2015
The Mideast Battle Lines Are Drawn The Jerusalem ReportApril 16, 2015
The Middle East Turmoil and Israel's Security International Relations and Security Network (ISN)April 13, 2015
The Middle East: In the Shadow of the Gunmen PJ MediaApril 4, 2015
A New Chapter in the Sunni-Shiite War The Jerusalem PostApril 4, 2015
Why Yemen Matters The Washington TimesMarch 28, 2015
Security Challenges of the New Israeli Government BESA Center PerspectivesMarch 19, 2015
The World Bows to Iranian Regional Hegemony Asia Times OnlineMarch 4, 2015
Syria's Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region The Washington TimesFebruary 26, 2015
Turkey's Davutoglu Still Wants a "New Middle East" The Gatestone InstituteFebruary 10, 2015
Qatar Seeks Reconciliation with Saudi-Egypt Axis The Jerusalem PostJanuary 11, 2015
Turkey: No Longer a "Rock Star" on Arab Street The Gatestone InstituteOctober 27, 2014
As the World Turns: Will the West Prevail? World AffairsSeptember/October 2014
Does Kerry Think that 18 Million Muslim Refugees Are Irrelevant to ISIS? PJ MediaOctober 20, 2014
Iran Remains the Threat in the Middle East BESA Center PerspectivesOctober 19, 2014
Is the "Islamic State" a Good Thing? FrontPage MagazineOctober 2, 2014
14 Million Refugees Make the Levant Unmanageable PJ MediaSeptember 8, 2014
Connecting the Dots The Jerusalem PostAugust 31, 2014
Sherman's 300,000 and the Caliphate's Three Million Asia TimesAugust 12, 2014
New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims FrontPage MagazineJuly 18, 2014
The One-State Solution Is on Our Doorstep Tablet MagazineJuly 14, 2014
Sadly, There's Nothing the U.S. Can Do to Save Iraq The National PostJune 27, 2014
War Across the Borders PJ MediaMarch 28, 2014
With Iraq on the Brink, a New Sunni Insurgency Emerges PJ MediaMarch 20, 2014
Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances PJ MediaMarch 14, 2014
Islam's Inadvertent Patterns The Washington TimesMarch 10, 2014
Do 'Syria,' 'Iraq' and 'Lebanon' Still Exist? The TowerFebruary 2014
The Sick Middle East The Washington TimesJanuary 24, 2014
Muslim Civil Wars Stem from a Crisis of Civilization PJ MediaJune 5, 2013
The U.S. versus the 'Shi'ite Crescent'? The Jerusalem PostFebruary 5, 2013
The Islamic Schoolyard-Bully and Obama's America FrontPageMagazine.comOctober 18, 2012
Parallel Betrayals: Iranian Revolution and Arab Spring FrontPageMagazine.comJune 18, 2012
The Arabs as Seen Fifty Years Ago The Washington TimesMarch 6, 2012
The Middle East's real apartheid The Jerusalem PostMarch 5, 2012
Chaos: The new 'status quo' Ha'aretzFebruary 17, 2012
Sunni Realignments The American SpectatorDecember 9, 2011
Overviewing Shi'a-Sunni Conflicts Israel National NewsDecember 2, 2011
Friendless in the Middle East National Review OnlineNovember 8, 2011
The Arab Spring and the Jews Israel National NewsOctober 6, 2011
Middle Eastern Christians and anti-Semitism The Jerusalem PostAugust 2, 2011
Casual Hate: The Subtle Side of Christian Persecution FrontPageMagazine.comJuly 20, 2011
Four Middle Eastern Upheavals FoxNews.comMarch 29, 2011
My Optimism about the New Arab Revolt National Review OnlineMarch 1, 2011
Pouring Cold Water on WikiLeaks National Review OnlineDecember 14, 2010
The Palestinians, Alone The New York TimesAugust 2, 2010
In Mideast, Bet on a Strong Horse National Review OnlineFebruary 16, 2010
The Middle Eastern Cold War Jerusalem PostJune 17, 2009
Caught on Tape: The Middle East's Culture of Cruelty FrontPageMagazine.comMay 15, 2009
The Middle East's Tribal Affliction Jerusalem PostJanuary 24, 2008
Waning Support for Suicide-Attacks in the Muslim World? FrontPageMagazine.comAugust 13, 2007
Countries Threatened with Extinction New York SunAugust 7, 2007
Red Mosque in Rebellion New York SunJuly 17, 2007
"Is the West Racist Toward Muslims and Arabs?" Bitterlemons InternationalAugust 31, 2006
About Those Iraqi WMD New York SunApril 25, 2006
How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations] New York SunFebruary 14, 2006
Winning the Propaganda War [versus Radical Islam] New York SunDecember 27, 2005
The Middle East's real bane: corruption Daily Star (Beirut)November 18, 2005
From Nationalism to Fascism to Terror Private PapersSeptember 4, 2005
A Neo-Conservative's Caution New York SunMarch 8, 2005
Christians Disappearing From Iraq New York SunAugust 24, 2004
Hating Valentine's Day New York SunFebruary 17, 2004
After Saddam? Remaking the Mideast New York PostFebruary 11, 2003
Nothing succeeds like failure Jerusalem PostFebruary 28, 2001
Where Does Religious Freedom Exist? Jewish ExponentSeptember 23, 1999
[Antonius, Arafat, Said Become Palestinian:] A Good Career Move Jerusalem PostSeptember 7, 1999
How Kosovo Plays in the Middle East National PostMay 19, 1999
The Real "New Middle East" CommentaryNovember 1998
Why Syria and Turkey Gird for War Wall Street Journal EuropeOctober 9, 1998
The Establishment's Power Middle East Forum WireJanuary 1, 1997
The Middle East [in 1995, the Year in Review]: Between Peace and Jihad Freedom ReviewJanuary-February 1996
Arabs Criticize Illogic and Tyranny Middle East Forum WireDecember 1, 1995
The Paranoid Style in Mideast Politics Washington PostNovember 6, 1994
Identifying Friend and Enemy In the Complex Islamic World The Northern CentinelSeptember 1994
Palestinians vs. the Arabs Middle East Forum WireAugust 1, 1994
The End of the Reign of Optimism in the Middle East Washington TimesMarch 16, 1994
Middle East Had Bright Spots But Dark Clouds Forming Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 9, 1994
Articles in Middle East Quarterly
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Recognize Kosovo? A Middle East Dilemma? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2024
When Arab Politicians' Shouts and Whispers Contradict Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2023
Rethinking the "Arab Spring": Winners and Losers Middle East QuarterlySummer 2021
Rethinking the "Arab Spring": Just a Media Event? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2021
Give War a Chance: Arab Leaders Finesse Military Defeat Middle East QuarterlySummer 2021
Arab Uprisings May Doom Middle East Christians Middle East QuarterlyFall 2014
The Arab Uprisings' Impact Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2012
Does Anyone Speak Arabic? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2011
Mixed Response in Iran Middle East QuarterlySummer 2011
The Middle East's Tribal DNA Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2008
Why Do Muslims Execute Innocent People? Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
Nation and Assassination in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
The Arab Mind Revisited Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
Freedom of Speech - in Any Language Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
20/20 Vision? The Middle East to 2020 Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Decline of the Arabs Middle East QuarterlyFall 2003
Iraqi Assyrians: Barometer of Pluralism Middle East QuarterlySummer 2003
Requiem for Arab Nationalism Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2003
How the Arabs Compare Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
Those Young Arab Muslims and Us Middle East QuarterlyFall 2002
The Ulema: Middle Eastern Power Brokers Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Editors' Introduction: Why a Special Issue? Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2001
Arab Christians as Symbol Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2001
Marriage Diplomacy Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
The Arab World's Travails: The Desert's Burden Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
The Arab World's Travails: History's Burden Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
The Rights of Muslim Women Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
Why Radical Muslims Aren't Taking over Governments Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
"Religious Freedom Is a Growing Priority" Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1997
The Minority Plight Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1996
The Middle East, with Water to Waste Middle East QuarterlyJune 1996
Why Does the Muslim World Lag in Science? Middle East QuarterlyJune 1996
The Middle East, Westernized Despite Itself Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1996
Editors' Note: Doing Business in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1996
Does the Arabic Language Encourage Radical Islam? Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1995
Blaming America First Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1994
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Revisiting the Arab Uprisings: The Politics of a Revolutionary Moment Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2020
Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908-2014 Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2016
Will the Middle East Implode? Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySpring 2015
Islam in Europa, Revolten in Mittelost: Islamismus und Genozid von Wilhelm II. und Enver Pascha über Hitler und al-Husaini bis Arafat, Usama Bin Ladin und Ahmadinejad sowie Gespräche mit Bernard Lewis Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2015
The Iraq Effect: The Middle East after the Iraq War Middle East QuarterlyFall 2011
The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations Middle East QuarterlySummer 2010
A Political Economy of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2010
Beyond the Arab Disease: New Perspectives in Politics and Culture Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
The Battle of Ideas in the War on Terror: Essays on U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2006
Arab Human Development Report 2004: Towards Freedom in the Arab World Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World Middle East QuarterlySummer 2005
Employment Creation and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Tragedy of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Middle East in 2015: The Impact of Regional Trends on U.S. Strategic Planning Middle East QuarterlySummer 2003
Al-Jazeera: How the Free Arab News Network Scooped the World and Changed the Middle East Middle East QuarterlySummer 2003
The Arab World Facing the Challenge of the New Millennium Middle East QuarterlySpring 2003
Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islam Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Middle East Patterns: Places, People and Politics. 3rd edition Middle East QuarterlySummer 2001
Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide Middle East QuarterlySpring 2001
The Multiple Identities of the Middle East Middle East QuarterlyJune 2000
Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1999
Economic Challenges Facing Middle Eastern and North African Countries: Alternative Futures Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Prospects for Middle Eastern and North African Economies: From Boom to Bust and Back? Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Population, Poverty, and Politics in Middle East Cities Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Militarism in Arab Society: An Historigraphical and Bibliographical Sourcebook Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Within the Circle: Parents and Children in an Arab Village Middle East QuarterlyDecember 1997
Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners Middle East QuarterlyJune 1997
Arabic Comic Strips: Politics of an Emerging Mass Culture Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
Audio, Video and Transcripts
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Islamic Civilization is Dying MEF WireNovember 15, 2011
The Changing Middle East: An Insider's Perspective MEF WireNovember 14, 2011
Culture and Conflict in the Middle East MEF WireJanuary 29, 2008
The Hidden World of Muslim Women MEF WireFebruary 26, 1996
MEF in the Media
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A Tour of the Middle East with MEF's Jonathan Spyer The Times of IsraelJune 9, 2023
Forecast for Freedom in the Middle East Speakers Action GroupApril 18, 2016
Review: Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam The AlgemeinerFebruary 14, 2016
Middle East Forum Blog
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2015's Hits at DanielPipes.org Danielpipes.orgJanuary 15, 2016
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Catherine Perez-Shakdam on Unveiling Iran's Modus Operandi: Challenges and Responses Middle East Forum WebinarAugust 28, 2023
Hussain Abdul-Hussain on Iran's Push to Control Iraq Middle East Forum WebinarJanuary 20, 2023
Diliman Abdulkader on Finding Peace and Stability for the Kurds Middle East Forum WebinarDecember 16, 2022
Jonathan Spyer: Is Erdoğan's Turkey Aiding in a Jihadist Takeover of Northwest Syria? Middle East Forum WebinarNovember 4, 2022
Joshua Teitelbaum on Israel and the Persian Gulf: Dawn of a New Era Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 31, 2022
Danielle Pletka: Is the Middle East Being 'Qatarized'? Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 28, 2022
Mindy Belz: Are the Kurds on Their Own? Middle East Forum WebinarOctober 14, 2022
Zuhdi Jasser on Islamists Vs. Muslim Reformists: How the Battle Has Evolved Since 9/11 Middle East Forum WebinarSeptember 30, 2022
Jason Greenblatt: Why Trump's Middle East Diplomacy Succeeded Middle East Forum WebinarAugust 5, 2022
Michael Mandelbaum on How the Past Foreshadows the Future in U.S. Middle East Policy Middle East Forum WebinarJune 17, 2022
Robert Spencer on Why Islam Waxes and Wanes April 27, 2020