Editor’s Summary: This article investigates the potential and limits of Turkey as a regional power in the post-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian areas. The article suggests that cooperation efforts produced significant conflicts and also related the ability to play a constructive regional role to Turkey’s internal capacity. Ironically, weak domestic capacity may be translated into […]
Editor’s Summary: This article evaluates the strategic character of the Israel-Turkey entente and its regional implications. It assesses the potential consequences of Israeli-Turkish military cooperation and reviews the reactions in the region to the alignment. The article ends with an analysis of how the Israel-Turkish partnership affects U.S. interests in the region. In the 1990s, […]
Editor’s Summary: Two events in 1999–the Marmara earthquake and the European Union’s (EU) conditional acceptance of Turkey?s candidacy for membership–offered hope for liberalization and democratization in Turkey. In the first case, the earthquake was viewed as a factor mobilizing civil society as a force “from below” that could engender political reform. In the second, the […]
Editor’s Summary: Jordan’s armed forces have been an effective means for preserving the regime, though they have never been strong enough to spread Jordan’s influence in the region, or even independently defend Jordan from external threats. This inadequacy has forced Jordan to rely on various coalitions to ensure its defense. In addition to examining […]
Editor’s Summary: This article analyzes the Egyptian army, its mission, development and modernization during the past several decades, and its relationship to the political and general civilian spheres. The article contends that Egypt’s armed forces have elements of both modern and post-modern armies, and answers the riddle of how Egypt’s army has neither sacrificed quantity or quality of its weapons systems, nor slashed military salaries severely, despite a seemingly shrinking budget.
Editor’s Summary: For a long time after the 1991 war over Kuwait, that event seemed to mark a turning point in the region, along with such contemporary developments as the Soviet Union’s collapse, the Cold War’s end, and the Madrid conference’s commencement of direct Arab-Israeli peace negotiations. A decade after the fighting, however, the changes […]