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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

Middle East Brief
Morocco's Salafi Ex-Jihadis: Co-optation, Engagement, and the Limits of Inclusion
Mohammed Masbah

 

 

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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

Live Streaming begins at 12:00 pm EST


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 this variation focusing on the internal balance of power among nationalist groups...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 military offensive against the PKK...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. This internationalized conflict was a pivotal event in Middle East history, overseeing the formation of a modern Yemeni state, the fall of Egyptian and British regional influence...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 of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as Leader of the Islamic Revolution (rahbar), with roughly 20 million votes or 70 percent of the total...Read More


Middle East Brief
The Failure to End Libya's Fragmentation and Future Prospects
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Six years after a popular uprising against a ruthless dictator, Libyans struggle to understand why stability and prosperity did not come to their resource-rich country. Libya's sovereign power is currently contested among two parliaments, three governments, and nine members of a presidential council. This abundance of political bodies is far from affording peace, stability, and prosperity...Read More


In the News: May 22, 2017 - The National Interest
Netanyahu Can't Predict What Trump Will Do Next
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

During his campaign for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump repeatedly stressed that Israel does not have a better friend than himself. So why has the level of anxiety in Jerusalem regarding the president’s visit this week reached such heights? Actually, the anxiety is perfectly understandable given that it is rooted in important recent developments in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah...Read More


In the News: May 18, 2017 - The Washington Post
What's Really at Stake in Iran's Presidential Election
Seyedamir Hossein Mahdavi, Researcher at the Crown Center and graduate student at Harvard University
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center and the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History

Tomorrow, Iran will hold its 12th presidential election. The election is now a two-man race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, the centrist-reformist candidate, and Ebrahim Raisi, the candidate closest to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In the past week, polls show Rouhani over the 50 percent threshold he needs to win, but also show that almost 50 percent of voters are either undecided or don’t express their preference...Read More