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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Process Lessons Learned in Yemen’s National Dialogue

Categories: Arab,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Terrorism

Explores how transition processes in Yemen affect the country’s rule of law, justice, and security. From the United States Institute of Peace


Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Middle East Conflict,Syria

Provides an overview of the expanding crisis in Syria, the opposing forces and their internal conflicts, the efforts to remove chemical weapons from the conflict, and the bleak prospects for significant U.S. engagement to promote regional security or humanitarian assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Sectarianism in Lebanon and Syria: The Dynamics of Mutual Spill-Over

Categories: Arab,Democracy/Peace,Middle East Conflict,Religion/Ethics

Describes how and why the conflict in Syria is intensifying Sunni-Shia tensions in Lebanon.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War

Categories: Arab,Democracy/Peace,Iraq,Middle East Conflict,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

Examines the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East since 2003 and how the social, political, and technological changes which are fueling this trend are affecting Sunni and Shia communities.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume 8, Arab-Israeli Dispute, January 1977-August 1978

Categories: Arab,Egypt,Foreign Affairs,History,Israel,Middle East Conflict

Official documents detailing the efforts of Carter Administration officials to bring together Egypt and Israel for bilateral negotiations on a peace settlement which would cover the case of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.  From the State Department


UK Arms Export Control Policy

Categories: Africa,Arab,Arms Control,Foreign Trade/Investment,Great Britain

Discusses the main changes to British arms export control policy and practice since 1997.  Includes changes in practice involving arms exports to Middle Eastern and North African countries involved in the Arab Spring with regard to goods that might be used for internal repression.   From the House of Commons Library


Possible U.S. Intervention in Syria: Issues for Congress

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Headlines,Syria,United Nations,WMD

Reviews the issues related to possible military intervention including use of chemical weapons, efficacy of limited military action, international response, and war powers matters.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Struggle for Yemen and the Challenge of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Categories: Arab,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

Examines how Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has diverged from Al Qaeda and how it used Yemen’s Arab Spring  uprising to paralyze the country’s government and divide the military into hostile factions.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


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