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ASQ 39.3 Contents & Abstracts



Clovis Maksoud: The Departed, Who Is Forever Present
Walid Keilani

How Can I Ever Hope? In Memory of Clovis Maksoud
Samar Attar

Unrequited Hope: Obama and Palestine
Janice J. Terry

Unity on Palestine Without Arab Unity? US Policy and the Post-Maksoud Arab World
Khalil Mousa Marrar

The Palestinian Resistance Movement In Lebanon 1967-82: Survival, Challenges, and Opportunities
Rami Siklawi

Book Reviews

McKee Emily. Dwelling in Conflict: Negev Landscapes and the Boundaries of Belonging
Reviewed by Thomas Abowd

Khalil, Osamah F. America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State
Reviewed by David Max Korzen

CLOVIS MAKSOUD: THE DEPARTED, WHO IS FOREVER PRESENT
Walid Keilani

HOW CAN I EVER HOPE? IN MEMORY OF CLOVIS MAKSOUD
Samar Attar

UNREQUITED HOPE: OBAMA AND PALESTINE
Janice J. Terry

Abstract: The early hope that the two-state solution would be implemented during the Obama presidency faded as both the Mitchell and Kerry negotiations failed. Only during his final weeks in office did Obama agree to the US abstaining on a UN vote condemning the ongoing Israeli settlements in territory earmarked as part of a future Palestinian state. After he leaves the presidency, there is a slim chance that Obama might join Jimmy Cater in working to mobilize American voters and taxpayers around efforts by Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) and other movements to oppose pro-Zionist lobbies, especially American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and to force Congress and the President to pressure Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories and enable the creation of a de-militarized Palestinian state.

Keywords: Palestine, Barack Obama, Israel, settlements, Zionist lobby

UNITY ON PALESTINE WITHOUT ARAB UNITY? US POLICY AND THE POST-MAKSOUD ARAB WORLD
Khalil Mousa Marrar

Abstract: Taking off from Clovis Maksoud’s idea about the centrality of the Palestinians to Arab unity, this article traces out the historic struggle between secular nationalism and Islamism throughout and after the Arab Spring-turned-Winter and the complex interactions with American foreign policy. The trajectory of Middle Eastern and North African countries and politicized identity within them are analyzed in relation to that unsettled context. The article concludes with an evaluation of the possibilities for moving beyond the violence and authoritarianism in the Arab world using the lessons imparted by Maksoud.

Keywords: Clovis Maksoud, pan-Arabism, Arab socialism, Arab nationalism, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Arab-Israeli conflict, US foreign policy, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Islamism, identity, secularism, authoritarianism, dictatorship, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Middle East, North Africa, two-state solution, Israeli settlements, peace, terrorism, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Bashar al Assad, Ba’athism, Nasserism, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Egypt

THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENT IN LEBANON 1967-82: SURVIVAL, CHALLENGES, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Rami Siklawi

Abstract: This article addresses the issue of the Palestinian resistance movement and its evolution and survival in the deeply divided state of Lebanon between 1967 and 1982. The Arab defeat in the 1967 war allowed the Palestinian resistance to present itself as the main resistance movement in the Arab World, and this automatically gave the Palestinians wider support in the Arab World. However, clashes between the Palestinian resistance and the right-wing Lebanese factions (who opposed the Palestinians and their military presence in Lebanon) eroded support for the Palestinian resistance, especially as the divisions and frictions spread during the Lebanese Civil War. This created seemingly endless clashes between the Palestinians and the Lebanese. These developments led to the fragmentation of the Palestinian resistance, which had always been an Israeli objective. Finally, the Israeli invasion of 1982 led to the ouster of the Palestinian Liberation Organization from Lebanon.

Keywords: Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian resistance movement, PLO, Israel invasion, Black September, Karama Battle, Lebanese Civil War

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