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Middle East Brief
Islamists in Power and Women's Rights: The Case of Tunisia
Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis

Middle East Brief
Turkey's Failed Peace Process with the Kurds: A Different Explanation
Serra Hakyemez

Middle East Brief
The Failure to End Libya's Fragmentation and Future Prospects
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

Middle East Brief
What Does the 2017 Presidential Election Tell Us about the State of the Islamic Republic of Iran?
Seyedamir Hossein Mahdavi and Naghmeh Sohrabi



Crown Center

Wednesday September 20, 2017 - Brown Bag Seminar
Empowering Believers: A Sociohistory of Islamism in Saudi Arabia
Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies

How does one engage in politics in a highly repressive environment? How do believers become activists? How do suburban environments shape political activism? Why has Islamism become the go-to opposition movement in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s...Read More

In the News: September 13, 2017 - Muftah
Rouhani vs. the IRGC Economy
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

In May 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in a landslide victory, propelled by voters who embraced his message of economic and political reform. While this may seem like a mandate to continue to his push for domestic economic reforms and the expansion of trade and...Read More

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - A Special Public Event
Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, what are the futures of Israel and Palestine? Join top scholars and public figures as they debate what kind of states should Israelis and Palestinians seek and how these competing visions inform their approach to the conflict...Read More

Middle East Brief
Islamists in Power and Women's Rights: The Case of Tunisia
Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis, Non-Resident Scholar at the Crown Center

Following the 2010 Jasmine Revolution, Tunisians voted the Islamist party, Ennahda, into power in 2011. At the time, many were concerned that Ennahda would use its newfound electoral victory to reverse significant gains for Tunisian women's rights over the past decades. These gains included the right to work, hold political office, initiate divorce, and pass citizenship onto their children...Read More

Former Fellows Update: Cornell University Press book published
Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
Peter Krause, Crown Center Junior Research Fellow 2011-2012 and currently an Assistant Professor of Politics at Boston College

Many of the world's states—from Algeria to Ireland to the United States—are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts to achieve statehood, including the Basques, the Kurds, and the Palestinians. In Rebel Power, Peter Krause offers a powerful new theory to explain...Read More

Middle East Brief
Turkey's Failed Peace Process with the Kurds: A Different Explanation
Serra Hakyemez, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

In 2013, the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) entered into historic peace talks that signaled the possibility of an end to the Kurdish question in the Turkish republic. However, by July 2015, the Turkish government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), launched an unprecedented...Read More

Former Fellows Update: Oxford University Press book published
Beyond the Arab Cold War: The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68
Asher Orkaby, Crown Center Junior Research Fellow 2014-2015 and currently a Research Fellow at Harvard University's Department for Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Beyond the Arab Cold War brings the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68, to the forefront of modern Middle East History. Throughout six years of major conflict, Yemen sat at the crossroads of regional and international conflict as dozens of countries, international organizations, and individuals intervened in the local South Arabian civil war...Read More

In the News: May 26, 2017 - Middle East Research and Information Project
Lessons Learned (and Ignored): Iran's 2017 Election in Context
Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center and the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History

On May 23, 1997, Mohammad Khatami, who had spent most of the 1990s as head of the National Library, defeated Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri, the speaker of Parliament, to become president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The election was a turning point in post-revolutionary history—the underdog beat the preferred candidate...Read More