Archive for the ‘The Middle East and the West’ Category

The “Arab Spring” Is Going The Same Way As “The Golden Age of Islamic Science”—And For The Same Reasons

  When the rebellions in the Arab world broke out, most commentators were quick to declare that an “Arab Spring” had come to the Middle East. There was a widespread assumption in the West that the Arab world would soon be engulfed by demands for the institution of liberal democratic governments in most, if not […]

Middle Eastern Political Behaviour is Spreading World-Wide

  Over the years, one of the greatest problems I have faced is trying to explain to folks abroad that politics in the Middle East operates on different premises than it does in their countries—and so so-called “solutions” concocted in Washington or Brussels may be of no value because they fail to deal with what […]