The contents of the journal are as follows:
• Six-eight research articles
• Four-six book reviews
• Oral history segment
• Election Watch that assesses one of the recent elections in the region
• Special Issues devoted to specific themes or conference papers.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Contemporary Review of the Middle East is a peer-reviewed journal from the Middle East Institute (MEI), New Delhi. It publishes original research articles, election watch, oral history, book reviews, and review articles that examine various contemporary Middle Eastern developments pertaining to politics, security, economy, arts, and culture. The journal primarily targets universities, research institutions, and think tanks, and is relevant for policy and risk analysis organizations. Though MEI is based in India, the journal is not India-centric and publishes advance cutting-edge research on the Middle East from a global perspective. The journal’s primary focus is contemporary developments, but it is open to persuasive contributions on the region’s diplomatic and international histories that have a bearing on the present.
|P R Kumaraswamy||Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; Middle East Institute, New Delhi, India|
|Md. Muddassir Quamar||Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India|
|Sameena Hameed||Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Faisal O Al-Rfouh||University of Jordan, Jordan|
|Jon B. Alterman||Center for Strategic and International Studies, United States|
|Hayat Alvi||United States Naval War College, Unites States|
|C Uday Bhaskar||Society for Policy Studies, India|
|Michael B Bishku||Augusta University, United States|
|Naomi Chazan||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Gulshan Dietl||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Joanna Dyduch||Jagiellonian University, Poland|
|Sean Foley||Middle Tennessee State University, United States|
|Robert O Freedman||John Hopkins University, United States|
|Jonathan Fulton||Zayed University, United Arab Emirates|
|Efraim Inbar||The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, Israel|
|Joseph A. Kéchichian||King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia|
|Csaba Nikolenyi||Concordia University, Canada|
|Santishree D Pandit||Savitribai Phule Pune University, India|
|Girijesh Pant||Symbiosis School of International Studies, India|
|A K Ramakrishnan||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Yitzhak Shichor||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Sanjay Singh||Indian Foreign Service (retd.)|
|Hussein Solomon||Professor, Political Science, University of Free State, South Africa|
|Koichiro Tanaka||Keio University, Japan|
|Samina Yasmeen||University of Western Australia, Australia|
Contemporary Review of the Middle East (CME)
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
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1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
2.6 Research Data
4.4 Reference style
6.1 SAGE Production
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Dr. Sameena Hameed
Centre for West Asian Studies
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi 110067
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Contemporary Review of the Middle East
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