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Middle East Brief
Iran’s Overeducation Crisis: Causes and Ramifications
Nader Habibi

Middle East Brief
Can Hamas Moderate? Insights from Palestinian Politics during 2005-2011
Khalil Shikaki

Middle East Brief
ISIS In Iraq: What We Get Wrong and Why 2015 Is Not 2007 Redux
David Siddhartha Patel

Middle East Brief
Post-Revolution Egyptian Foreign Policy
Abdel Monem Said Aly

Middle East Brief
A Comprehensive Nuclear Deal with Iran: Not Mission Impossible
Seyedamir Hossein Mahdavi

Book
Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman, Khalil Shikaki

Crown Center


Middle East Brief
Iran’s Overeducation Crisis: Causes and Ramifications
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center, Brandeis University

The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing an unprecedented overeducation crisis—producing far more university graduates than the employment opportunities available to them. ... Read More


Application Open
Crown Center Travel and Study Grant

The Crown Center invites applications for travel, research and study grants for Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students. These grants may be used for summer travel/study or for thesis research during the academic year. ... Read More


Middle East Brief
Can Hamas Moderate? Insights from Palestinian Politics during 2005-2011
Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Political and Survey Research and Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

The events known as the Arab Spring and uprisings have provided two different models of possible integration of Islamic movements into politics ... Read More


In the News - January 5, 2015
Iran's president threatens vote on nuclear deal

"[Rouhani] is challenging the supreme leader and the conservatives ... because he knows that in a popular vote the majority are likely to support a compromise solution" says Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East ... Read More


Middle East Brief
ISIS In Iraq: What We Get Wrong and Why 2015 Is Not 2007 Redux
David Siddhartha Patel, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

On September 10, 2014, President Obama initiated a strategy to "degrade and destroy" ISIS through systematic airstrikes and local “partner forces” fighting on the ground. This strategy is based on three key assumptions ... Read More