The Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) is a region that is defined, among other things, by historical, political, social, cultural, and religious considerations. Mainly, it is the political structures and international relations of the countries in this region that define it. The “Arab Spring”, which started in late 2010, affected almost all of the countries in the region—not only Arab countries—either in the protests that were held, government changes, a government that was overthrown, or a civil war involving other countries. Thus, it is of utmost importance to explore the contemporary political changes of the MENA region.
The Special Issue “Contemporary Politics of the Middle-East and North-Africa” intends to explore any aspect of the contemporary politics of MENA, broadly defined. For this purpose, Societies invites articles that deal either with internal political considerations and the governmental systems of one of the countries in the region, or comparisons between different countries or focusing on the international relations of any of the countries. Case studies are encouraged to focus on countries in North Africa—Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia; the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf—Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; and the Levant—Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority, Syria, and Turkey.
Dr. Rami Zeedan, Assistant Professor, The University of Kansas.