The SOCNET mailing list has had some traffic about using social network analysis for Mideast politics. Valdis Krebs is experimenting with attracting and repelling forces between nodes:
has an interesting graph.
Ilan Talmud wrote:
On a structural approach to negative and positive relations and its effect of Interstate militarized conflict see :
Zeev Maoz 2006. Network Polarization, Network Interdependence, and International Conflict, 1816-2002. Journal of Peace Research, 43(4): 391-411 at: http://jpr.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/43/4/391
Z. Maoz. R. Kuperman, L. Terris, and I. Talmud. International Relations: A Network Approach.” In New Directions for International Relations, Edited by A. Mintz and B. Russett. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004 (with Z. Maoz. R. Kuperman, and L. Terris). http://soc.haifa.ac.il/~talmud/evolution.pdf
Z. Maoz. R. Kuperman, L. Terris, and I. Talmud. “Structural Equivalence and International Conflict, 1816-2000: A Social Networks Analysis of Dyadic Affinities and Conflict.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (2006, forthcoming), http://soc.haifa.ac.il/~talmud/strucequiv.pdf
Z. Maoz. R. Kuperman, L. Terris, and I. Talmud.” The Enemy of my Enemy: The Effects of Indirect Enmity Relations on Direct Dyadic Relations,” the Journal of Politics (2007, forthcoming)