Thirteen-Year Itch

The Demise of Lebanon's Taif Agreement?

by Marlin Dick | published August 13, 2002

The US and the Kurds of Iraq

A Bitter Hitory

by Maggy Zanger | published August 9, 2002

As the winds of war steadily gather strength in the West, the Iraqi Kurds walk a tightrope between US interests and Iraqi government threats. Recognizing that it has little control over US decision-making, the Kurdish leadership is struggling to strike a delicate balance between a US-led "regime change" and the preservation of hard-won gains in two self-rule enclaves in northern Iraq.

Universal Jurisdiction

Still Trying to Try Sharon

by Laurie King-Irani | published July 30, 2002

The UN Arab Human Development Report

A Critique

by Mark LeVine | published July 26, 2002

With great fanfare and evident satisfaction, the UN Development Program and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in June released the "Arab Human Development Report 2002" (AHDR). The Report, authored by a team of Arab scholars and policymakers with an advisory committee of "well-known Arabs in international public life," is the first UN Human Development Report devoted to a single region. Its release in Cairo was accompanied by a London press conference which received significant attention in the Western media.

West Bank Curfews

Politics By Other Means

by Adam Hanieh | published July 24, 2002

Don't Blink

Jordan's Democratic Opening and Closing

by Jillian Schwedler | published July 3, 2002

On June 26, Jordan's King Abdallah II issued a royal decree pardoning former parliamentarian Toujan Faisal, who had been sentenced on May 16 to 18 months in jail for "seditious libel" and "spreading information deemed harmful to the reputation of the state." Faisal's release "on humanitarian grounds" was welcome not only because of her failing health, but because the charges against her were dubious.

The Band Played On

Continued Military Rule in Pakistan

by Kamran Asdar Ali | published May 9, 2002

On May 8, a bomb blast rocked central Karachi, killing at least 14 people, including a number of French nationals. This suicide bombing comes on the heels of the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, allegedly by Islamist extremist groups who had recently fallen out of the favor of the Pakistani military government. Similar explosions have hit churches and other places of worship around the country this spring. In Karachi, Shia professionals have been assassinated in escalating sectarian violence that has gripped the larger cities of Pakistan.

Fears of a Second Front

The Lebanese-Israeli Border

by Nicholas Blanford | published April 23, 2002