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Second issue of the Awraq journal

From January 24, 2011 until March 24, 2011

Casa Árabe and AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development) publish Awraq.
Journal of analysis and ideas about the contemporary Arab and Islamic world. The second issue has recently been released, in December 2010, devoted to The Gulf Countries, a new Arab avant-garde?, with articles by leading experts who under different approaches tackle issues from this Arab world’s region: relations between the European Union and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Alberto Ucelay Urech); renewable energies in the Gulf (Habiba Al Marashi); the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf’s role within the Arab region (Edward Burke and Sara Bazzobandi); Al-Jazira and Qatar (Salam Kawakibi); and Arts in the United Arab Emirates (Steve Sabella).

It also includes an article on Facebook and the Arab youth (Wessam Fauad), a reflection on Afghanistan and Pakistan as a “conflictive regional complex”, (Pere Vilanova). The section “Figures and itineraries” features the biographies of three modern Arab intellectuals recently deceased: Muhammad Abid al-Yabri, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, and Muhammad Arkoun.
It also includes a chronology of events related to the Arab political current situation (from February 2010 to October 2010) and reviews of the books Abd el-Krim El Jatabi: la lucha por la independencia [Abd el-Krim El Jatabi: the fight for independency], by María Rosa de Madariaga, reviewed by  Enrique Vazquez; Dieter Nohlen writes about the book by Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio and Luciano Zaccara, Elecciones sin elección. Procesos electorales en Oriente Medio y el Magreb [Elections without election. Electoral Processes on the Middle East and the Maghreb], and Entre el autoritarismo y la democracia. Los procesos electorales en el Magreb [Between authoritarianism and Democracy. Maghreb’s Electoral Processes] by María Angustias Parejo; and the book by Mahmood Mamdani, Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror, reviewed by Víctor de Currea-Lugo.

Furthermore, on the Awraq’s website all the articles from the first issue of the journal’s new era are available.
Second issue of the Awraq journal