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Issue: Vol 5, #4 - Winter 2011/2012

The Culture & Conflict Review is an online peer-review journal produced by the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies, bringing you analysis of current events, policy, operations, and human terrain in South and Central Asia as well as other regions of the world. Premised on the belief that the United States must understand the culture and human terrain of other nations and peoples, we offer commentary and analysis on issues of current interest to policy makers, military commanders, academics, and the general public. We are particularly interested in issues addressing culture, anthropology, regional and identity politics, and the contemporary role of U.S. forces in areas of conflict. New issues of The Culture & Conflict Review are published on a quarterly basis.

Welcome to The Culture & Conflict Review

Welcome to the Winter 2011/2012 edition of The Culture & Conflict Review!

All of us at the Program for Culture and Conflict Studies are pleased to bring you our latest Feature Articles, Viewpoints, Book Reviews, and CCS News.

Authors featured in this edition include: Youssef Aboul-Enein, David A. Anderson, Larry Goodson, Thomas H. Johnson, Joseph Yuanfeng Lin, Tridivesh Singh Maini, M. Chris Mason, Annpurna Nautiyal, and Barry S. Zellen.


I. Articles 

Feature Articles

Future stability in the Middle East may not rest upon achieving lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but may instead be the result of more pressing problems that affect hundreds of millions of people with the potential of causing instability to one-tenth of the African continent from Egypt to Rwanda: the age-old problem of how to find a just solution to the issue of sharing the water resources of the Nile River Basin. With the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt may now begin to address the Nile question more seriously and in collaboration with other Nile states. [...]
As a small country that participates actively in international institutions, Singapore could be keenly affected by the rise of China’s influence and participation in international institutions. This article sheds light on whether China’s increased participation and influence in international institutions present more challenges or opportunities for Singapore in advancing its economic and diplomatic objectives. [...]
In the present era of integration; globalization; and economic, social, cultural and political fluidity; one finds a close connection between development and people’s movements. The variance in the perspectives on development of governmental agencies and the people concerned often leads to dissatisfaction among the people because they feel that development has been imposed on them without considering their priorities and needs. The lopsided attitude of planners and the inefficient handling and implementation of developmental policies further complicates the situation and generally such developmental policies are seen as part of the political agenda of the political parties. Such a scenario of development has been prevailing in India since independence. [...]


Whenever there is a mention of the Middle East in South Asia, it is inevitably linked to defense and strategic issues. In India there is talk of how the country should emulate Israel in the domain of national security, and adopt a hard line on security issues. In Pakistan, especially in the media, there is talk of how Palestinians have got a raw deal and how the Jewish lobby is working overtime to ensure the former remain oppressed. [...]
II. Book Reviews: Mapping the Literary Terrain
BBC analyst Roger Hardy has published a nicely compact book entitled, The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).  What grabbed me were these sentences in the introduction, "we should not reduce Muslim societies to one-dimensional caricatures. Nor should we reduce the long and complex relationship between Islam and the West to a mere saga of battles and bigotry."  He prods readers with the question; "Does the notion of Islam and the West even have meaning in the age of rapid globalization?"  This question strikes at the heart of how we as human beings cope with issues of identity, culture, and individuality. [...]

Adnan Musallam, a professor at Bethlehem University, has written an excellent volume on the psychology and ideology of the founder modern militant Islamist ideology Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966). He would be executed by Nasser, after spending over a decade in prison. It is impossible to understand the inner thoughts of Usama Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri without understanding Qutb. For those wanting an introduction to militant Islamist ideology this is not the book to read, however this is the book to read after reading Lawrence Wright’s award winning book Looming Tower. This book is for those who want an even deeper comprehension of Qutb specifically and the origins of modern militant Islamist theory in general. [...]
The conflict over Western Sahara is one that involves the disorderly transference of Spanish colonial rule, ideological differences between Algeria and Morocco, the issue of self-determination, as well as the national obsession by all segments of Moroccan society regarding possession of this territory. Moroccan retired Colonel-Major Bouriyala has written a unique book that looks into the history of the conflict between the Frente Popular de Liberacion de Saguia el-Hamra y Rio de Oro (Polisario), Algeria, Mauritania, and Morocco.  His book is entitled, Al-Sahraa’ Al-Gharbiya Al-Maghribiya min Khilaal Al-Tareekh wal Diplomasia Al-Hasniya (The Moroccan Western Sahara from a Historical and Diplomatic Vantage), and was published in Arabic by Al-Talib Publishing in Rabat, Morocco.  [...]

Analysis & Commentary

In the News

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Fall Edition - Ten Years 9/11

  • In case you missed our Fall 2011 edition (Volume 5, Issue 3) – on the tenth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the many strategic challenges of the Long War – we here present a link for your convenience: Volume 5, #3 - Fall 2011
  • Article sections include: "The War in Afghanistan, Ten Years On;" "Insights for the Long War;" "In the News;" and "Book Reviews: Mapping the Literary Terrain."
  • Authors in this edition include: Youssef Aboul-Enein; David A. Anderson; Richard Bonney; Matthew C. DuPee; Jeremy W. Holton; Thomas H. Johnson; Trevor Lanham; Tridivesh Singh Maini; Tahir Malik; Joel M. Ostrow; James A. Russell; Jonathan K. Shaffner; Daniel Schierling; Omar J. Wheatley; and Barry S. Zellen.

As the new year approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers and our contributors, for your continuing support of our journal.

We wish you the very best for the holiday season – and for the new year ahead. See you then!

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