Without the constitution, the sole source of legitimacy will be the street.
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.
To assume that the promise of economic improvement would outweigh ordinary human aspirations of a people who have painfully struggled for decades is to miss the nature of the human condition.
The U.S. must grasp the magnitude of the crisis Iraq could face if a clash with Iran draws in Iran’s proxies.
Israel is, indeed, in a constitutional crisis.
The Houthis are a dangerous spoiler. The United States should be talking with them to understand their actions.
Algerians still remember what JFK did to support the country's independence. Can the Trump administration learn from history?
Libya needs an interlocutor that can prevent another military regime taking power in Tripoli.