Author: Benedikt van den Woldenberg

Benedikt is a graduate student of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science and a Junior Member at NISIS.

Has “Zero Problems with Neighbours” Failed?

The current crisis in Syria has seen a largely inconsistent and vacillating foreign policy response from Turkey. This has led many to argue that Ankara’s foreign policy, called ‘zero problems with neighbors’, has failed. However, Turkey’s approach to foreign policy,…

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 6: Frontier Areas of the Arab Spring: Iran, Israel, Mauritania, Turkey

While the Arab Spring rocked much of the Arab world, upending the regional political order, states in the periphery of the region also saw some effects. All of the states covered in this article are at most marginally part of…

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 5: Relative Calm in (formerly) War-Ridden Countries: Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories

While several Arab republics have witnessed regime transitions, there are some other republics that  have experienced only very limited unrest. The republics that faced little or no major unrest during the Arab Spring are Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian…

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 4: Monarchical Persistance and Consolidation – GCC, Jordan, Morocco

So far, it seems that republics in the Middle East were far more affected by uprisings than their monarchical counterparts.  While the presidents of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were ousted and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad severely challenged, the eight monarchs…