SISMEC Bulletins


January 27, 2012

  • Egypt: Same (hard) questions a year later
  • Palestine: Politics make for Strange-Bedfellows
  • Iran: Is anyone coming to dinner?

January 13, 2012

  • Syria: the Arab League of shadows
  • Iraq: toasting the US withdrawal with a “Saddam light?”
  • The Arab Uprisings: from 2011 to 2012...what next?

December 9, 2011

  • Syria: An Impending Humanitarian Crisis?
  • Egypt’s Vote Begins: The Election vs. the Revolution
  • Successful Islamist Parties: The Brand ‘Justice and Development’

November 18, 2011

  • Syria: Suspension, Sanctions, and Civil War – what does the future look like?
  • Turkish-Kurdish Relations: The earthquake of Van and inter-ethnic negotiation
  • The Turkish Armed Forces:  Conscription changes amidst regional instability

November 4, 2011

  • Libya:  The ties that bind Saif al-Islam and NATO
  • Palestine: Seeking International Recognition and Assessing the UNESCO Vote
  • Lebanon:  Civil war? Over Syria? Ain’t gonna happen.

October 21, 2011

  • Israel-Palestine: Bruised toes and egos: sidestepping the new power dynamic in Israel-Palestine
  • Tunisia: Dissecting a transformation, assessing Sunday’s elections
  • Turkey and PKK:  Regional alliances crush the separatist push...again

October 7, 2011

  • Drones: Generation Kill 2.0
  • Pakistan: Making things go kablooey in Kabul, again
  • Yemen: Enter the void

September 24, 2011

  • Palestinian UN Vote: UN-Conceived notions of statehood
  • Yemen: A Bad Man is Hard to Lose
  • Social Media: Debunking (again) the Twitter revolution

September 9, 2011

  • Israel: The middle class strikes back...but will it succeed?
  • Yemen: Recipes for disaster; stubborn autocrat + divided opposition = stalemate.
  • Mauritania: Portrait of an al-Qaeda leader as a young man (a SISMEC Translation Project).

August 26, 2011

  • Libya: Where in the World is Muammar Qaddafi
  • Syria: Bashar cracks down on the funny pages
  • Syria again: Rebellion and Intervention, Libya style?
  • Egypt-Israel: Is the Thrill Gone?

August 12, 2011

  • Syria: Sunni business elite speculates on regime default swaps
  • Iran: Strangelove in Tehran and Tel Aviv
  • Somalia: Good news but don’t get your hopes up

July 29, 2011

  • Counterjihad: Staring into the abyss...
  • al-Qaeda: On the Ropes or Rope-A-Dope?
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict:  Will Syria, the US or the Palestinians come out on top?

July 15, 2011

  • Af-Pak: Uncle Sam becoming big brother in the war on terror?
  • UAE: a Machiavellian decision maker, a true power broker or a little of both?
  • The Gulf: China has the map to better business relations

July 1, 2011

  • Syria: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a....roadmap??
  • Libya: China bets on the rebels
  • Somalia: JSOC opens drone franchise in the Horn

June 17, 2011

  • Afghanistan: A choose your own adventure classic.
  • Turkey: The sick man of Europe checking out of the hospital?
  • Lebanon: Don’t worry, everything is under control.

June 3, 2011

  • Pakistan: The officer is not a gentleman
  • Egypt: Same great dictatorial rule, only half the calories
  • Yemen: Saleh, time to go
  • Afghanistan: Karzai sees his shadow

May 20, 2011

  • Pakistan: From Harvard to the ‘Hood, Obama owns Pakistan
  • Iran: Whatever happened to the Basij?
  • Syria: A little uprising humor

May 6, 2011

  • Iran:  No nukes is good nukes?
  • Turkey: New tollbooth on the Black Sea
  • Turkey: Check one box: Are you a) Turkish b) family c) a child or d) looking for a good time?

April 29, 2011

  • Lebanon:  Hizbullah should step up to the plate
  • Iran: Rift exposes the limits of presidential power
  • Sudan: Division not as smooth as expected

April 22, 2011

  • Arab World: The second wave’s here
  • Pirates: Bringing enemies together in different ways
  • Turkey:  Why things could get a little louder...

April 15, 2011

  • Yemen: Saleh on simmer?
  • Bahrain: How’s that double standard working out for ya?
  • Iraq: Dispatches from the Kurdish Spring

April 8, 2011

  • Syria: ‘We now interrupt your regularly scheduled protest’
  • Israel/Palestine: Stuff heading for the fan
  • US-Pakistani Relations: We still agree on drones.

April 1, 2011

  • Libya: It’s gotten spooky
  • State-run media:  Is this a joke?
  • Chad: Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask

March 25, 2011

  • Libya: Dropping the barrel?
  • Syria: A somber situation and a breakout
  • And now for something completely different…

March 11, 2011

  • Saudi Arabia: The smart money’s on stability
  • Egypt: What will become of ‘people power?’
  • Tunisia: Far from over

March 4, 2011

  • Iraq: Don't forget about it
  • Syria:  How a terminal illness spared the regime.
  • Oman: Will Sinbad go on strike?

February 25, 2011

  • Libya: Qadafi’s  u-turn to the West - a final gamble?
  • Yemen: Ali Abdallah Saleh dances with snakes...
  • Lebanon: A model for stability?  No, seriously.


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