The Majalla Magazine

Commentary and analysis from The Majalla, the leading Arab political magazine.



Soner Cagaptay
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on : Thursday, 10 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Today, the world has seen a 180-degree shift, and the question now is if the KRG will cut ties with Baghdad and seek to shelter under a Turkish umbrella, and if the Syrian Kurds could follow suit. The recent developments in Iraq and Syria have transformed those countries’ politics irrevocably, and with that, the relatio...

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Afshin Molavi
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on : Thursday, 5 Jun, 2014

Modi’s Moment

In the shadow of Dubai’s glittering skyscrapers, creaking, colorful wooden dhows line the historic Creek waterway, groaning with Korean television sets, Indian basmati rice, Iranian pistachios and Chinese-made T-shirts and shoes. Many of the sailors aboard those dhows hail from Gujarat, the home state of India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and sail ancient trade routes from Iraq to Somalia to India and Dubai. The men from Gujarat, with their sun-streaked wrinkles and w...

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Stephen Wicken
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

New War, Old Faces

Despite the pre-war strength—on paper—of the Syrian armed forces, the fighting in Syria has stretched the limits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military resource...

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Nabila Ramdani
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

Old Powers in a New Poll

Images of a frail old man insisting he is fit to govern will do little to persuade Algerian voters that Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president to lead them forward into a democrat...

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Haley Cook and Jason Pack
on : Friday, 4 Apr, 2014

Rebels at the Porthole

Three years ago, the term “rebel,” when used by the Western media in reference to Libya, conjured up images of unlikely young fighters who took up arms for the first time a...

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Arash Karami
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on : Saturday, 15 Mar, 2014

Iran’s Fourth Estate

The state of the Iranian media can serve as a bellwether for understanding where the country is headed. In the past, the restrictions under which Iranian journalists had to ope...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Friday, 14 Mar, 2014

A Commercial for China

Ratings matter to commercial radio and television because the size of the audience determines the price of sponsors’ airtime. But should they also matter to government-backed...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Sunday, 9 Feb, 2014

Jihad, Then and Now

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists w...

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Judith Yaphe
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on : Thursday, 6 Feb, 2014

Maliki’s Last Stand?

Iraq is only months away from its quadrennial national election for its Council of Representatives, scheduled for April 30. As in most countries with relatively open elections,...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Thursday, 16 Jan, 2014

South Koreans on Arab Airwaves

As a child at home in the United States I used to listen to broadcasts from faraway places via shortwave radio, the transmission typically uneven and full of static. Today thos...

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