ACRPS has published issue 9 of the bi-monthly peer-reviewed academic journal Siyasat Arabia, a journal devoted to political science, international relations, and public policy. This edition includes the articles: “Iraq: the End of the Post-Invasion Concord” (Abdulwahab Al Qassab); “The 2014 Parliamentary Elections in Iraq: An Analytical View of the Results Compared to Predictions” (Humaid Al Hashemi); “War: Legalization Versus Banning” (Shumama Kheireddine); “The Centrality of Geography at the Eastern Gate to Europe: Ukraine as a Flashpoint of Conflict” (Emad Kaddoura); “The Role of Women in the Muslim Brotherhood: a Review of the Factors and Transformations Following the Ouster of Mohammed Morsi” (Hani Sulieman); “Political Modernity and Political Modernization: a Theoretical Approach to Overcoming the Gap” (Khaled Yamout); “Ideology and Identity of the Nation-State in the Aftermath of the Revolutions: from the Congruence of State and Nation to the Citizen State” (Hassan Tareq); “Regression Analysis of the Model of the Impact of Oil Production on Democracy Understood through the Curse of Resources” (Abdelhak Dahmane and Driss Jaouhara ); “Syria’s Presidential Elections Dash all Remaining Hopes of a Political Solution” and “Understanding the American Government’s Response to the Palestinian Consensus Government” both by the ACRPS’ Policy Analysis Unit; and “Attitudes of Syrian Refugees and Displaced Persons towards the Presidential Elections and Wider Current Affairs in Syria” a publication by the Arab Opinion Index team.
In addition to the above articles, the ninth issue of Siyasat Arabia features two book reviews: Mohammed Taifouri’s review of The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies; and Alaa Bayoumi’s review of Rage Against the Machine: Political Opposition to Authoritarianism in Egypt written by Holger Albrecht. There are four book presentations: Khaled Mahmoud’s review of Turkey and Russia: from the Tradition of the Past to the Horizons of the Future; Nerouz Satik’s review of Protest Movements in the Arab Homeland: Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Bahrain; Ziad Muna reviewed both Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, and The Saudi Arabian Nationalist Movement: 1953-1973 by Sayed Ali Al Awami. Finally, this issue of Siyasat Arabia also includes a chronological breakdown of significant steps taken toward democratization in the Arab World, as well as a background briefing on Palestinian affairs through May and June, 2014. Alongside these regular features, it also includes the proceedings of the ACRPS academic symposium “The Ukraine Crisis: Causes, Outcomes, and Implications for the Arab Region.”