Category: Middle East

South Africa-Canada Relations: Benefit in Moving Closer, Not Further Apart

In May, Governor General David Johnston, led a Canadian delegation to South Africa. There, he warned and called on Canada to fix the declining relationship between the two states. This pointed to the deterioration of an otherwise traditional relationship that had once seen Canada…

Syria and the Tehran Street: Rouhani and Iran’s New Foreign Policy

The recent standoff between Western powers and the Gulf Cooperation Council against the Assad regime’s principle allies, Russia and Iran, over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has polarized the Middle East and the international system between competing blocs.…

Welcome to Of Soldiers and Statesmen

The subfield of Civil-Military relations, a discipline under the broad umbrella of security studies, starts with somewhat of a paradox; namely, how can society effectively govern those with the guns? More explicitly, how do civilians maintain power over those who…

#ogiganteacourdou, #TürkiyemDireniyor: Comparing Social Media Use in Brazil and Turkey’s Summer 2013 Protests

By now, the Arab Spring of 2011 has become a quintessential case study of popular uprisings in political science classes. Yet, much less has been said about the Turkish and Brazilian protests of the summer of 2013. While neither movement…

MIR Interview: Amin Meleika

(Amin Meleika is the deputy assistant foreign minister for North American affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Egypt’s consul-general for Montreal, holding ambassadorial status and serving communities in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. He agreed…

Welcome to Ibn Khaldun

Welcome to Ibn Khaldun (ابن خلدون), the McGill International Review’s blog on the Middle East. This blog will shed light on recent and ongoing developments in the Middle East. Ibn Khaldun thus aims to provide the reader with a varied and…