Tag: Middle East

Lebanon’s Predicament

Lebanon is in the grip of long-term instability that threatens its viability as a functioning state. This instability can only be addressed if its internal political system is fundamentally reformed and decoupled from outside powers’ interference in pursuit of conflicting regional geopolitical interests.

Regional Inferno

The turbulent state of the Middle East

Dancing with Swords, Dancing with Stars, by Nicolas Hausdorf

Nicolas Hausdorf

27 May 2017

Contrary to appearances, Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East was a tense confrontation with two alienated allies that is bound to produce more political fallout.

Netanyahu in Australia: Just what is he selling? by Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper

26 Feb 2017

For Israel, the Palestinians have long since ceased being of any interest, let alone an existential threat. So what is really on Netanyahu's mind, and what are he and Turnbull really discussing?

Paris, and the Caliphate, by Maher Mughrabi

From the ruins of the furnished apartment...

Introduction – Issue 43/44 ‘Making Modernity: From the Mashriq to the Maghreb’

The recent wave of revolutions across the Arab world has brought to the surface the contradictions in popular understandings of the Middle East and North Africa. The place of the region in the global history of modernity has been unsettled yet again...

Here We Go Again, by Paul Barratt

In this desperately complex situation, the nature and extent of Australian involvement is effectively in the hands of just three people—Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Defence Minister David Johnston …

Arena Publications Podcast #1: Interview With Prof. Richard Falk (16/09/13)

1 Nov 2013

An interview with Professor Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

Salt Responds

Much of what Firas Massouh, Yoni Molad and Steve Pascoe write in response to my article is based on assumptions about how I think and how I frame events which have no relationship to how I do think or frame events.

Afghanistan: Gift or Grand Conceit?

It is beyond most Westerners to understand today how offers of democracy are really much more than this: there is a widespread incapacity to grasp the social assumptions embedded in our 'gifts' writes John Hinkson

A Mobile Slaughterhouse

Christopher Scanlon

Israel and Iran : The Call of the Abyss

How can the West resolve the stand-off over nuclear power while preserving its own ways of living and promoting liberty, asks John Hinkson