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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Israel Crosses the Threshold II: The Nixon Administration Debates the Emergence of the Israeli Nuclear Program

Categories: History,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Nuclear Arms

A collection of ten recently declassified documents on the behind the scenes debate in the Nixon Administration on whether to dissuade Israel from acquiring nuclear weapons.  From the National Security Archive


Membership in the United Nations and Its Specialized Agencies

Categories: Middle East Conflict,United Nations

Covers the path and procedure to UN membership, membership in specialized agencies, the question of membership for Palestine, and U.S. political issues relating to UN membership questions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Dispute Resolution and Justice Provision in Yemen’s Transition

Categories: Arab,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Middle East Conflict

Explores the challenges and obstacles to alternative methods of dispute resolution in Yemen since the Arab Spring protests and the weakening of tribal authority.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Living Under Siege: The Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Food/Nutrition,Middle East Conflict,Syria,United Nations

The first in a series of planned reports by the United Nations on violations of international human rights in the Syrian conflict.  This report focuses on the suffering of civilians in cities placed under siege by the Syrian government and its allies and condemns starvation as a method of warfare.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


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


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