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    • A Holistic Assessment of the Water-for-Agriculture Dilemma in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

      Kim, Ameen; van der Beek, Hans (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2018)
      Prior to the emergence of the oil industry and the subsequent rapid agricultural expansion of the 1970s, there has been little to no concern about water for agriculture in Saudi Arabia since prehistoric times. ...
    • Beyond the Binary Understanding of Masculinities: Displaced Syrian Refugee Men Living with Disability and Chronic Illness in Jordan 

      Muhanna-Matar, Aitemad (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2020-05-13)
      This article analyzes the dynamics of renegotiating masculinities among displaced Syrian men with disabilities in Jordan. The article draws its analysis on the personal narratives of four Syrian men who have experienced ...
    • Britain and the Gulf Shaikhdoms, 1820-1971: The Politics of Protection 

      Onley, James (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2009)
      This article examines Britain’s protection of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the Trucial States (United Arab Emirates), and Oman during the era of British hegemony in the region: 1820–1971. It argues that Britain’s role as guardian ...
    • Conservation in Qatar: Impacts of Increasing Industrialization 

      Richer, Renee (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2009)
      Industrial development in the State of Qatar is taking place at an unprecedented rate. Such development is putting the environment at the risk, threatening ecosystem services and biological diversity. While Qatar is currently ...
    • Fixing the Kingdom: Political Evolution and Socio-Economic Challenges in Bahrain 

      Wright, Steven (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2010)
      Bahrain has entered into a more ‘progressive’ phase of its history under King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Various parliamentary and legislative restructuring, in addition to discernable changes within civil society, have ...
    • Free Mobility within the Gulf Cooperation Council 

      Babar, Zahra (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2011)
      Stipulations within the formal protocols of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) established free movement of nationals as an essential component of the region’s movement towards full economic integration. This paper analyzes ...
    • The GCC States and the Shifting Balance of Global Power 

      Ulrichsen, Kristian (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2010)
      This paper maps the changing engagement strategies of the six member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the global order. It examines how and why the Gulf states have emerged as visible and powerful global actors ...
    • Implications of the 2011-13 Syrian Uprising for the Middle Eastern Regional Security Complex 

      Lawson, Fred (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2014-03-17)
      By the autumn of 2013, the Middle Eastern regional security complex(RSC) had taken on a new configuration, which was substantially different from - and much more explosive than - the one that existed prior to the large-scale ...
    • Iran’s Northern Exposure: Foreign Policy Challenges in Eurasia 

      Dorraj, Manochehr; Entessar, Nader (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2013)
      This paper analyzes Iran’s evolving interest and geopolitical challenges to its foreign policy in Central Eurasia. Historically, Iran, Turkey,and Russia have wielded the greatest influence in Central Asia and the Caucasus ...
    • Iraqi Refugees: Seeking Stability in Syria and Jordan 

      Fagen, Patricia Weiss, 1940- (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2009)
      Over two million Iraqis are refugees in the Middle East, living in difficult conditions, primarily in Jordan and Syria. Their unresolved plight and their still largely unmet needs constitute a humanitarian crisis. Their ...
    • Norm and Dissidence: Egyptian Shiʿa between Security Approaches and Geopolitical Stakes 

      Stéphane, Valter (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2019-11)
      This paper presents a study of Egyptian Shiʿism by providing historical context as well as a focus on actual or current issues. The study includes a historical overview of local Shiʿism (Fatimid period, late nineteenth ...
    • Qatar’s Natural Sustainability: Plans, Perceptions, and Pitfalls 

      Luomi, Mari (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2012)
      This paper analyzes Qatar’s present and future challenges relating to natural resources and environmental sustainability through the concept of “natural sustainability,” which is defined as the use of natural resources in ...
    • Religious Democracy and Civilizational Politics: Comparing Political Islam and Political Catholicism 

      Driessen, Michael (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2013)
      Much of the recent literature on the evolution of political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa has debated the extent to which Islamist political parties have become “secularized” in their political goals and rhetoric. ...
    • Society in the Persian Gulf: Before and After Oil 

      Potter, Lawrence G. (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2017-11-01)
      This essay takes as its focus society in the Persian Gulf over the long term, both before and after oil. In order to understand the transitions society has gone through, it is necessary to review the region’s historical ...
    • Studying Disadvantaged Youths in the Middle East: A Theoretical Framework 

      Hashemi, Manata (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2015-10-28)
      Disproportionate levels of youth unemployment and economic marginalization in the Middle East have prompted many regional observers to conclude that socioeconomically disadvantaged Middle Eastern youth are more prone to ...
    • The Rise and Decline of Saudi Overseas Humanitarian Charities 

      Jonathan, Benthall (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2018-09-01)
      This paper records and interprets the rise and decline of Saudi overseas humanitarian charities, with special reference to the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO or IIROSA). Founded in 1975, IIROSA grew as a ...
    • A Theory of "Late Rentierism" in the Arab States of the Gulf 

      Gray, Matthew (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2011)
      Rentier state theory (RST), which seeks to explain the impacts of external payments - or rents - on state-society relations and governance, has been in wide usage for over two decades, and is still routinely cited by ...
    • To Shoot or to Defect? Military Responses to the Arab Uprisings 

      Shama, Nael (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2019-09)
      By examining the events of the Arab uprisings, this paper looks into the nature and dynamics of armies’ responses to popular uprisings. It argues that the outcome of the massive, regime-threatening Arab revolts in 2011 can ...
    • Transformations of Regional Economic Governance in the Gulf Cooperation Council 

      Lawson, Fred (Center for International and Regional Studies, 2012)
      Most studies of regionalism in the Middle East fail to distinguish among divergent types of regional formations, and make little effort to chart the developmental trajectory that regionalist projects display over time. ...
    • Water Management in the Nile Basin: A Fragmented but Effective Cooperative Regime 

      Hilhorst, Bart (The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), 2016)
      Ongoing expansions of hydro-infrastructure in the Nile basin, combined with infrastructure completed in the past decade, are increasing the capacity to regulate the Nile as well as the benefits accrued to the Nile waters. ...