Failed efforts suggest a federalist system based in Baghdad might create new problems.
Omphalos: Middle East Conflict in Perspective
Omphalos takes an interdisciplinary look at the contemporary Middle East, and is published jointly with two key partners: Academic Exchange, an educational non-profit that seeks to deepen understanding of Israel in the international academic community, and the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy and its blog, Markaz. Turmoil in today's Middle East today implicates a wide array of legal questions, bears huge costs for civilian populations, and poses diverse challenges to policymakers, activists, lawyers, and reformers. For the issues that Lawfare treats, the Middle East is a kind of omphalos.
Many states in the Arab world have debated the value of decentralization and federalism, but none has successfully adopted a constitution that satisfies those objectives.
If Saudi Arabia wants to better confront Iran, the kingdom should ease off its distracting feud with its neighbor, Qatar.
As Hamas explores new tactics following the March of Return, the fate of civilians in Gaza remains uncertain.
“Federalism” has specific connotations in the Middle East, which must be understood before suggesting federal reforms as solutions to the region’s most persistent conflicts.
The third essay in a series on federalist governance in the Middle East.
The deadly bombing in Yemen fits a pattern of carelessness in the Saudi air campaign, Turkey threatens to find new partners after U.S. imposes sanctions, and Iraq finalizes its election recount but is still negotiating a governing coalition.