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Middle East Brief
How Saudi Suburbs Shaped Islamic Activism
Pascal Menoret

Middle East Brief
The Return of Geo-Economics and the Emergence of Co-Prosperity Zones in the Middle East
Abdel Monem Said Aly

Middle East Brief
Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen's War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace
Stacey Philbrick Yadav

Middle East Brief
How Oil and Demography Shape Post-Saddam Iraq
David Siddhartha Patel

Crown Center


Brown Bag Seminar - February 6, 2019
Women’s Movements and the Struggle over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space
Lihi Ben Shitrit, Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens

In this talk, Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit compares three contemporary women’s movements in and around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Haram al-Sharif in order to demonstrate how attention to gender and to women’s engagement in conflict over sacred places is essential for understanding the processes that make the Israeli-Palestinian conflict increasingly intractable...Read More


Middle East Brief
How Saudi Suburbs Shaped Islamic Activism
Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University

Islamic movements in Saudi Arabia—including the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafi groups, and armed militants—have faced fierce repression since the rise to power of King Salman in 2015. As with earlier crackdowns, however, they are likely to survive. In this Brief, Pascal Menoret argues that the strength and resiliency of Saudi Islamic activism is rooted in how...Read More


Middle East Brief
The Return of Geo-Economics and the Emergence of Co-Prosperity Zones in the Middle East
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Chairman of the Board of Al Masry Al Youm Publishing House in Cairo and a Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

In the Middle East, the nation-state is back. After a period of relative decline caused by the “Arab Spring,” states in the region have strengthened relative to non-state actors. Consequently, geo-politics – and, specifically, geo-economics – have returned as the basis for inter-state interactions. In this Brief, Abdel Monem Said Aly examines two nascent zones of economic cooperation...Read More


Middle East Brief
Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen's War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace
Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The ongoing war in Yemen is usually understood in both policy circles and public discourse as either a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia or a civil war between Houthi rebels and the Government of Yemen led by President Hadi. In this Brief, Stacey Philbrick Yadav challenges these binary understandings of the war by disaggregating Yemen’s war into four arenas of conflict...Read More


Brown Bag Seminar - November 14, 2018
25 Years After Oslo: Why is Palestinian Support for the Two-State Solution the Lowest Since 1993?
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

This talk will explore the shifts in public opinion regarding peace and the two-state solution since the signing of the Oslo agreement and the likely future directions. It will focus on the hardening of attitudes among Palestinians during the past decade, the impact of domestic politics on willingness to compromise and the impact of two years of the Trump Administration...Read More


In the News: October 19, 2018 - CNN
At This Hour with Kate Bolduan
Gary Samore, Senior Executive Director of the Crown Center

CNN host Kate Bolduan interviews Gary Samore regarding the US administration and the Jamal Khashoggi case. What might the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and Riyadh do next? Watch here.


Brown Bag Seminar - October 31, 2018
Factions in Conversation: The Internal Track-II Dialogue in Iraq
Nussaibah Younis, Senior Adviser at the European Institute of Peace

Dr. Nussaibah Younis will reflect on the high level political mediation that she has been leading in Iraq over the last two years, asking how the tool of mediation can be most effectively used in today's conflict settings, and what challenges the method continues to pose...Read More


In the News: October 16, 2018 - The National Interest
Forty-Five Years After the 1973 War, Israel Faces Another Year of Decision
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center

Analogies are ever so imperfect. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, it’s rare for history to repeat itself, or even to rhyme. Yet the similarities between an important development in Israeli-Palestinian relations that occurred earlier this month and a tragic chapter in the history of the conflict that took place some forty-six years ago are striking...Read More