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Table of Contents: Spring 2021, VOLUME 44.3

  • Muslims and Christians in the Levant
  • A Saudi Cleric’s Perspective on Weapons of Mass      Destruction
  • China Soft Power
  • Permanent War, Elusive Peace

Article One:

Muslims and Christians in the Levant: A Shared Culture.

Kail C. Ellis

Article Two:

A Saudi Cleric’s Perspective on Weapons of Mass Destruction: Integrating Religious Morality and Realpolitik  

Norman Cigar

Article Three:

How Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the CPEC, are reshaping China’s Soft Power?

Ayesha Siddique
Saeed Shafqat  

Article Four:

Permanent War, Elusive Peace: The Evolution of America’s Compellence Policy Towards Iran

Nader Entessar


Book Reviews
Nadia H. Barsoum

Kail C. Ellis, is Editor of the Journal for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Assistant to the President of Villanova University and associate professor of political science.  Previously, he held the positions of Vice President for Academic Affairs and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Ellis is also the founder-director of Villanova’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies which he directed from 1983 to 1998.  He received his PhD in international relations from the Catholic University with a specialization in Middle East history. He is  on the International Board of Regents for Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, the Palestine Authority He has also served as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees of Merrimac College, North Andover, Massachusetts, the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon. He has also consulted with the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut.

NORMAN CIGAR retired as Director of Regional Studies from the Marine Corps University, and had also been on the faculty of the Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting, where he taught military theory, strategy & policy, operational case studies, nuclear strategy, seapower, low-intensity conflict, and Middle East studies. He is the author of Blurring the Line between Countering Terrorism and Countering Dissent: The Case of Saudi Arabia, published by The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Ayesha Siddique is a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance. She graduated summa cum laude from the Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan with a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Public Policy (2017-2019). Her MPhil dissertation focused on "Assessing China's soft power in relation to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor". Her research interests include marketing and corporate social responsibility, international financial regimes, and Pakistan-China relations.

Saeed Shafqat, PhD is Professor and founding director of the Centre for Public Policy and Governance at Forman Christian College University, Lahore, Pakistan. In 2019, the French government honored him with the Ordre des Palmes académiques which is bestowed on distinguished academics and teachers and for their contributions to the advancement of culture and education. His previous academic positions include Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair at the Pakistan Center at Columbia University, Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies, the College of Wooster, Ohio, Chief Instructor Civil Services Academy. His current research is on China’s Rise and its impact across Greater South Asia and the Gulf. His recent publications include: “China’s Rise: How is it Impacting the Gulf, Iran, Pakistan and Beyond?” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, March 2017) and Saeed Shafqat & Saba Shahid, “China, Pakistan Economic Corridor: Demands, Dividends and Directions” (Lahore: Centre for Public Policy and Governance, 2018), and Changing Dynamics of China-India Relations: CPEC and Prospects for Pakistan (Lahore: Centre for Public Policy and Governance, 2020).

Nader Entessar is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of South Alabama where he chaired the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice from 2006 through 2017.  His most recent publications are Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Accord and Détente since the Geneva Agreement of 2013 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), Iran Nuclear Accord and the Remaking of the Middle East (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and Trump and Iran: From Containment to Confrontation (Lexington Books, 2020).  

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