Previous Issues

Spring 2020


Building on our work in the previous publication, the papers in this second Spring 2020 issue speak directly to our present political context where questions of exclusion, displacement, historical trauma, identity formation, racial violence, and state policy are interrogated. The authors in this issue completed their submissions under difficult conditions of lockdown and isolation, while also living through a historical moment where communities around the world were confronting governments with their colonial and imperial legacies and ongoing racialized structures of violence. As such, we have collectively decided to adopt a black square as our cover both to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that calls for action to address enduring injustices faced by black people, but also to highlight the connected legacies of racialized violence and structural inequalities that continue to play out in Egypt and our region so as to link these struggles. 

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Fall 2019


The selected papers in this Fall 2019 issue address a range of interrelated and timely topics in the present period, including border policing, political exclusion, the mobilization of space and nature as part of state formation, the politics of media and communication, and collective struggle in policed spaces. The papers in this issue begin a discussion around the relationship between state policies, political resistance movements, and our scholarly work and responsibilities as members of academic institutions.

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Spring 2018 

This is the fifth issue of Khamasin: Reflections on Society and Politics in the Middle East.

In this issue, Reham ElMorally elaborates in her paper why having an intersectional post-colonial perspective is crucial in gender mainstreaming of international development projects. Besides, Ashrakat Abdelsamad’s article “Bolivian Experience with Neoliberalism: What Lessons for Egypt?. Meanwhile, Hana Shaltout wrote an article titled “Salama Killa, The Destiny of Arab Revolutions: A Theoretical Analysis for the Purpose of Crystallizing a New Strategy of the Left”. Last but not least, A comparative Survey of Research Papers by Arab Scholars 2004-2014 by Othman Omran Khalifa, Aisha Hassan Abdallah, and Nasser Youssef.

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Spring 2014

This volume of Khamasin examines the importance of oil in politics. Sam Quigley, in his article “Chinese Oil Acquisitions in Nigeria and Angola”, studies how the rapid growth of the Chinese population is causing China to turn to countries such as Nigeria and Angola to fulfill its growing demand for oil. While, Yannik Schneider examines the current events in the Ukraine. In the article “Oil Theft in Nigeria”, Aly El Salmy focuses on how the production of oil is sometimes severely harmed by militants. In the article “PDVSA as an Instrument of Patronage and Geopolitics” Mustafa El Sayyed traces the development of the oil industry in Venezuela through Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and its nationalization. With concerns to the highest exporting region of oil in the world, the article “Exxon’s Role in Iraq-Kurdistan Relations”, by Kate Leuba explores how oil companies such as Exxon play a role in the Iraqi-Kurd conflict.

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Fall 2013

This issue of Khamasin studies how technology plays a role in changing certain social and political contexts, but its utilization may develop from that very context that it came to change. We espouse a view in which different people, in different societies and social positions, have different views of technology and their effects. Thus, technology can have more than one “logic” or effect in society depending on the social position of the users.

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Spring 2009

This issue of Khamasin includes various articles. Ibrahim Elnur in his article “Contested Sudan” discusses war and peace. In “Orientalism in the Orient” by Sunyoung Park deconstructs Middle East studies in Korea. Meanwhile, Hacek and Baclija reconsider urban citizenship in their article “Decentralization and the City”. In “WID and GAD”, Yasemin Ozer presents several critical perspectives on Women in Development. Moreover, Sarah Washburne shows a discourse analysis of Sudanese politics in her article “Legitimate Crisis”. Afterwards a review about assessing Huntington’s political order in changing societies by Mourad Sinot.

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Fall 2008

This issue of Khamasin tackles several topics. Kareem Kamel in his article “Revolution and World Order “discuses Taliban and the international Systems. In “The Rhetoric of Growth in Armenia”, author Angela Harutyunyan elaborates the myth of post-Soviet transition. Moreover, Joshua Middleman in his article “Silence for Sale” presents the Israel lobby and the US Congress. In addition, “Islamic Banking” by Ryan Castle explains the politics of banking in the MENA. 

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Spring 2008 

In this issue, Dan Tschirgi discusses Upper Egypt and the Gama’a al-Islamiyya in his article “Culture, Violence and Development”.  While author Michael Birmingham presents the West African Conflict in “The Ivory Coast”. Besides, Deena Khalil offers alternative approach in her article “Sustainable development”. Last but not least, James Petretta in “US Foreign Policy” discusses the Iraq wars. 

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