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15. november 2014

Tunisia Between the Elections in 2014 - Analysis by Martin Beck

The present article analyzes the Tunisian Parliamentary elections in the light of a new political diversity, which has been a major feature of the Middle East since the Arab Uprisings in 2010/11. A comparison between recent political developments in Egypt and Tunisia respectively shows how much more advanced Tunisia is in terms of the democratization. Yet, also in Tunisia many obstacles are yet to be removed from the way to a successful transition process.

22. October 2014

If not a Military Solution in Libya, Then What? - Analysis by Peter Seeberg

On 18th of October, the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States expressed in a Joint Statement on Libya their agreement that they do not support a military solution to the Libyan crisis. The article describes how a dual power situation has developed in Libya, where the monopoly on violence definitely no longer is in the hands of the legitimate government.

22. October 2014

Whose Caliphate? The Ideology and Geo-Politics of Islamic State - News Analysis by Kirstine Sinclair

Taking its point of departure in the latest threat of a pending decapitation of another Western hostage – that of Abdul-Rahman Kassig – by Islamic State, this news analysis investigates the ideology and the geo-politics of Islamic State and asks: How is one to understand the relationship between religion and politics in this line of thought? Or: Why would Islamic State threaten to kill a fellow Muslim and aid worker?

8. August 2014

The Egyptian Political Debate on the Youth and the January 25th Revolution (Part 2) - Analysis by Mervat F. Hatem

This is the second part of a discussion of the role that the youth has played in the Arab uprisings of 2011 and the political transitions that followed. In part II of this discussion, I begin with an examination of the political context of the Egyptian debate on the youth and the roles that they layed in the revolutions of January of 2011 and June 2013. Next, I discuss how the youth emerged as specific objects of a heated debate in many newspaper articles and television programs in November and December of 2013 becoming an extension of the partisan political debate that sought to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood and their youthful supporters from politics following the July 3, 2013 coup that deposed President Mohammed Mursi...

28. juli 2014

Hamas, Israel and the July Gaza War 2014: War as the result of a policy of consecutive provocations

- Analyse af Martin Beck

Apart from daily descriptive reports on war activities in Gaza, most analyses in newspapers deal with the normative question of whether Israel is justified in waging war (and the way it does) against Hamas and the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, respectively. In contrast, the present analysis applies an empirical-analytical approach, thereby arguing that—the casualties and damages of the war notwithstanding—both for Hamas and Israel the ongoing war is functional beyond security interests. Thus, it appears plausible that the decisions of both parties to go to war were shaped by the calculus of having an opportunity to increase their respective powers, mainly in terms of enhancing legitimacy.

24. juli 2014

How important are regional and international organizations in the Middle East? - Analyse af Martin Beck

The present analysis aims at analyzing the role of international and regional organizations in the Middle East. In comparison to other world regions, regional and international relations of the Arab world are under-institutionalized. The aims of the present analysis are, firstly, to better comprehend the finding of an under-institutionalized Middle East; secondly, there are some interesting exceptions that are to be shed light on; thirdly, there are some indicators that the “Arab Spring” vitalized regional organizations in the Middle East.

10. juli 2014

Mobility Partnerships and the EU, Part II: The Cases of Libya, Morocco and Tunisia - Analyse af Peter Seeberg

This is the second part of a news analysis that explores Mobility partnerships and the EU in terms of implementation and ceonsequences. The Task Force Mediterranean has started its work implementing the EU Mobility Partnerships with Morocco and Tunesia. This can be seen in an EU-Comission statement (of May, 2014).

6. juli 2014

Mobility Partnerships and the EU: Where are we regarding implementation and what will be the consequence? - Analyse af Peter Seeberg

This is the first part of a news analysis that explores Mobility partnerships and the EU in terms of implementation and ceonsequences. The Task Force Mediterranean has started its work implementing the EU Mobility Partnerships with Morocco and Tunesia. This can be seen in an EU-Comission statement (of May, 2014).

28. April 2014

"The Intellectual Debate on Youth And its Role in the Arab Uprisings (Part 1)" - analysis by Mervat F. Hatem

This is the first part of a discussion that examines the intellectual debate within Middle East studies regarding the role(s) that youth has played in the recent political economy of Arab societies including the Arab uprisings. Specific attention will be given to the contributions made by economists and other social scientists to the intellectual understanding of the changing demographic makeup of Arab populations and the impact that it has had on their development. It will also speculate on why Middle East political science has had very little to add to it.

28. April 2014

"Vold imod Børn i Nydanske Hjem" - analyse af Mehmet Ümit Necef

Artiklen diskuterer, hvorvidt Yahya Hassan generaliserer, når han taler om vold imod børn og unge i nydanske familier. Dernæst præsentres og diskuteres to større undersøgelser om vold imod børn i Danmark. Der sammenlignes også den måde, hvorpå pressen omtaler disse undersøgelser.

27. April 2014

"Current Trends and Tendencies in Tackling Islamism in Denmark" - analysis by Kirstine Sinclair

Ahmed Akkari who played a leading role in the escalation of the Cartoon Controversy, which spread from Denmark to all of the Muslim world in the winter of 2005-06 has published a book entitled "My Farewell to Islamism: The Cartoon Controversy, Double-dealing and the Battle for Denmark", in which he reveals how a group of influential Danish imams operated with two different agendas: One seeking dialogue in front of the Danish public and another seeking revolt and uprising when adressing Muslims in Denmark and abroad.

5. Februar 2014

"Salafis and Former Right Wing Extremists join Forces in Commemorating Holocaust" - analysis by Kirstine Sinclair

This news analysis takes its point of departure in the controversial joint venture between the Salafi organisation JIMAS and former members of the English Defence League who are co-hosting an event commemorating the victims of Holocaust during the Second World War. One would expect Islamic Salafis and former far right activists who oppose Islamic extremism would find it difficult to agree on matters like Fascism, Nazism and Jews, but the cooperation has been unfolding for some time, and the parties do share views and interests after all.

24. januar 2014

"Fracking - A Revolution of the World Energy Market in the Making?" - analysis by Martin Beck

Fracking is a recent and sophisticated technology that enables the exploitation of specific oil sources—in the form of oil shale—that until recently had been considered uncommercial. Since the bulk of oil shale is to be found in the Americas and oil fracking in the US is booming, a debate emerged on whether fracking could revolutionize the global energy system, particularly in terms of American energy autonomy and independence from the Middle East. The present article puts forward strong arguments contradicting such a far-reaching thesis.

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