Publications

Russia's Syria Policy: On the Wrong Side of History

PDF downlaodBülent Aras*
POMEAS OP-ED, 27 March 2014

Russian diplomacy on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria represents a significant achievement. This development provides some relief to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria. It will put an end to the terrifying mass deaths caused by chemical weapons. 

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The Gulf States' Widening Gulf

 

PDF downlaodBülent Aras*
POMEAS OP-ED, 27 March 2014

President Barack Obama is arriving in Saudi Arabia at a critical moment for the country. Its recent decision to withdraw its ambassador from Qatar has revealed the gravity of the crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), composed of the Kingdom's most immediate neighbors. Indeed, Gulf politics is shifting toward a new balance in the wake of the Saudi-UAE rapprochement and the recent attempt to isolate Qatar.

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Celebrating Water Cooperation: Red Sea to Dead Sea

 

PDF downlaodHilal Elver*
POMEAS OP-ED, 24 January 2014

In December 2013 the World Bank proudly announced a rare agreement on water among Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Middle East is not a region where cooperation among states is common, especially in relation to water. Therefore, the news about this so-called "water cooperation agreement" made headlines in the global media.

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The Obsolescence of Ideology: Debating Syria and Ukraine

 

PDF downlaodRichard Falk*
P
OMEAS OP-ED 24 March 2014


I have been struck by the unhelpfulness of ideology to my own efforts to think through the complexities of recommended or preferred policy in relation to Syria, and more recently, the Ukraine. There is no obvious posture to be struck by referencing a 'left' or 'right' identity. A convincing policy proposal depends on sensitivity to context and the particulars of the conflict.

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Time to Go it Alone in the Middle East? Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey

 

PDF downlaodBülent Aras*
POMEAS OP-ED, 15 January 2014

The U.S. administration is only concerned about a few particular issues in the Middle East and is aiming to achieve the earliest possible exit from the region. The Iran deal was a tick mark and another item on the list is the anticipated elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.

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