Researches supported by MECARC

The Iranian diaspora and the homeland: redefining the role of a centre | Ronen A. Cohen & Bosmat Yefet

Abstract: Drawing from the multifaceted notions of diaspora mobilisation, this article analyses the complex attitudes of Iranian immigrants toward their homeland and assesses the functions and importance of the national centre in cases where the homeland is contested. As a diaspora fragmented along ethnic, religious, political and class lines, the Iranian diaspora(s) presents a challenge

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The Power of Neutrality: Lebanon as an Oil Transit Country | Dan Naor

Abstract: This article examines the role of Lebanon as an oil transit country facing regional and international crises. From the transit policy, one can deduce foreign policy, neutrality, and the challenges that confronted Lebanon in the past, and still do. The article analyzes two case studies from the early 1970s, just a few years before

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The Maronite Leadership’s Approach toward Syria, 1970–2011: Between Integration, Separation, and Pragmatism | Dan Naor

Abstract: The Maronite–Syria relationship is troublesome, and one can say that the two sides are diametrical opposites. The Maronites, in general, represent the aspiration for an independent Lebanon, while Syria considers Lebanon a part of “Greater Syria” and aspires to annex the Lebanese territories. The Maronite community has consistently resisted these aspirations. However, the Maronite

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Researches in progress:

The Struggle for Power in Lebanon: Does the History of Lebanon Repeat itself?Dr. Dan Naor
Did All the Ways Lead to Beirut? Reviewing Menachem Begin’s Policy toward LebanonDr. Dan Naor
Rethinking ISIS’s Violence: Primordialism-Insrumentalism Mixture for Explaining Its terror methodsDr. Dina Lisnyansky
The social, religious and political influences on the new Shiʿa in the post Soviet regionsDr. Dina Lisnyansky
“Street Da’wa”:
Preaching Islam in Europe
Dr. Dina Lisnyansky