Professor David Mednicoff (public policy and Middle Eastern Studies) has published two articles offering insights on recent issues of critical importance to U.S. foreign affairs and diplomacy. The articles appear in The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.
The first article, published on June 6, 2017, explains the roots of ruptured relations between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors, and the role played by President Trump's May 21 visit to Saudia Arabia in deepening the crisis. The full article is here.
The second article, published on June 12, 2017, examines the "rule of law" as a multivalent concept and argues that the Trump administration's version of "rule of law" is more dominant in nondemocratic political systems--where deference to political authority, for example, is central to the concept of rule of law--than in democratic systems--where, in contrast, legal procedures and rules that apply to all are more central to conceptions of rule of law.
Mednicoff is a specialist on Middle Eastern law and politics, and is currently the director of the Middle Eastern Studies program at UMass Amherst as well as a professor at the UMass School of Public Policy. He holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.A., J.D. (international law) and Ph.D. (political science) from Harvard. Mednicoff recently completed a 3-year, grant-funded study on conceptions of the rule of law in several Middle East countries, including Qatar and Kuwait.