Results for Tag: Empire

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Perception of US policy in the Middle East

The Obama administration’s effort to encourage its Arab allies to carry a bigger burden in promoting peace in the Middle East has not revitalized its alliances with a new sense of common purpose and cooperation. Rather, it has left traditional partners feeling abandoned.

Sources of Financing the Islamic State

The Islamic State sustains itself by using diverse and sophisticated financing strategies. IS was able to develop a qualitative economic system that relies on diverse sources of income and significantly minimize its reliance on foreign donations that even the mother organization of Al-Qa’ida used to rely on.

After Failed Coup, Turkey’s Military Emerges Stronger

Turks are no strangers to military intervention in politics. Since the country transitioned to multi-party democracy in 1950, the military has directly interrupted the democratic process four times (1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997), with as many failed attempts.

Dollar Crisis pushes Egypt’s Economy to the Brink

Egypt is working hard to clamp down on the black market, in an attempt to contain its dollar crisis. Since the revolution in 2011 and subsequent political unrest foreign currency reserves of the Central Bank of Egypt have dwindled, from $35bn to $15.5bn this August. In August 2016 Egypt’s budget deficit stands at 12% of GDP, its trade deficit at 7% and the official unemployment rate is 13%.

The Past and Future of Tribes in Oman

A look at Oman’s political history over the past 1,500 years makes it apparent that the tribe is the incubator of the state, not the other way around, and that Oman, throughout its different stages of development, has been strongly connected with the ruling tribe.

The Failed Coup in Turkey and Its Consequences

A military coup attempt in Turkey on Friday 15 July failed, but the future of the country’s democracy, and survival as a nation state, is bleak. The prospect for the Turkish Republic, although it escaped a military takeover, does not look bright.

Tourism in Palestine

Tourism is an important but underexploited contributor to Palestinian GDP. Since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in 1994, more attention has been given to the sector, with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities dedicated to promoting tourism and maintaining archeological sites.

Christians in the Middle East

In recent times, although the total number of Christians in the area continues to grow, there has been a decline in their percentage compared to the Muslim majority. Analysts attribute this to three main causes: low birth rate, emigration, and ethnic and religious persecution.

Antiquity to Independence

The emergence of kingdoms south of Egypt, up to the sixth cataract on the Nile, began with the kingdom of Kush in its various phases, Kerma, Meroe, and Napata. The history of this epoch was closely tied to Egypt but possessed distinctive Sudanese features.

Lebanese Music: A Sound All Its Own

Lebanese music has a distinct sound due to the country’s unique mix of Western and Eastern art forms that have lent its cultural productions a fusion-based identity. Even Lebanese folk compositions often reference Western contemporary music.