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Middle East Brief
Sisi's Egypt: Building Political Legitimacy amidst Economic Crises
Ahmad Shokr

Middle East Brief
Sistani, Iran, and the Future of Shii Clerical Authority in Iraq
Harith Hasan al-Qarawee

Middle East Brief
Israel and the Palestinians: Sliding toward a One-State Reality
Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki 

Middle East Brief
Repartitioning the Sykes-Picot Middle East? Debunking Three Myths
David Siddhartha Patel

Middle East Brief
Why Are Egyptian Youth Burning Their University Diplomas? The Overeducation Crisis in Egypt
Nader Habibi and Fatma El-Hamidi

Middle East Brief
Repression and Protest in Saudi Arabia
Pascal Menoret

Middle East Brief
From Maliki to Abadi: The Challenge of Being Iraq’s Prime Minister
Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee

Middle East Brief
The Changing Face of Islamic Authority in the Middle East
Richard A. Nielsen

Middle East Brief
Egypt's 2015 Parliamentary Elections: A Prelude to Stability?
Abdel Monem Said Aly and Sobhy Essaila

Middle East Brief
The End of the "Abbas Decade": The Crumbling of the post-Intifada Status-Quo
Khalil Shikaki

Middle East Brief
Can the Vienna Agreement Solve Iran's Problems?
Seyedamir Hossein Mahdavi

Middle East Brief
Saving the Middle East
Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman

Middle East Brief
The AKP and the Gülen: The End of a Historic Alliance
Sarah El-Kazaz

Middle East Brief
Libya’s Untold Story: Civil Society Amid Chaos
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

Middle East Brief
Jordan Facing Up to the ISIS Challenge: A Net Assessment

Asher Susser

Middle East Brief
How New Is Erdogan’s “New Turkey”?
Hikmet Kocamaner

 

Crown Center


Event
Erdogan's Turkey: Between ISIS, the Kurds, and the Gulen Movement
Brown Bag Seminar with Mustafa Akyol
March 8, 2017 | 12:00-1:45pm | Schneider Building of the Heller School, Room G02


Middle East Brief
Sisi's Egypt: Building Political Legitimacy amidst Economic Crises
Ahmad Shokr, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

On November 3, 2016, the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accelerated the implementation of a set of economic decisions that previous governments had feared to undertake. The reforms—an austerity program including subsidy cuts; currency reform; and increased indirect taxes— have been gradually adopted in the lead-up to an agreement for a major loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)... Read More


Event
Understanding Syria: A Teach-In
Panel Discussion
February 15, 2017 | 4:00-5:45pm | Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library


In the News: January 30, 2017 - The National Interest
Mattis Could Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

America’s forty-fifth president has indicated on more than one occasion that he would like to see his son-in-law and trusted advisor, Jared Kushner, negotiate a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict—a deal that has eluded all of his predecessors. While there is no reason to doubt Kushner’s abilities, President Trump might consider the importance of involving another member of his team—Secretary of Defense James Mattis...Read More


Middle East Brief
Sistani, Iran, and the Future of Shii Clerical Authority in Iraq
Harith Hasan al-Qarawee, Non-Resident Fellow at the Crown Center

In the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani emerged as one of the most influential voices in Iraq. His dual role as a leading Shii figure in the Muslim world and a vocal and consistent voice for democracy and stability in Iraq has, at times, placed him at odds with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. ...Read More


Event
Among the Righteous: Jews in Arab Lands during the Holocaust
A talk with Robert Satloff
January 25, 2017 | 7:00-8:30pm | Barbara Mandel Auditorium, Mandel Center for the Humanities


In the News: January 23, 2017 - The Washington Post
Why the death of Iran’s leading moderate could strengthen its reformists
Amir Hossein Mahdavi, Researcher at the Crown Center, Brandeis University

The recent death of Iran’s former president Hashemi Rafsanjani has triggered fears that Iran’s reformist camp has also been fatally wounded. Many are concerned that without Rafsanjani’s imposing presence, current President Hassan Rouhani will be overpowered by the conservative religious establishment and a controlling IRGC. However, Rouhani may in fact emerge stronger from Rafsanjani’s death....Read More


In the News: January 17, 2017 - The National Interest
Obama and Israel: Farewell to a True Friend
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Amos Harel, Senior Military Correspondent, Haaretz

Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me. And you know it and you know it better than anybody." This view is still shared by many right-wing Israelis as well as by many members of the American Jewish community. Yet nothing can be farther than the truth. ...Read More


In the News: January 8, 2017 - Intelligence and National Security Journal
Missing Revolution: The American Intelligence Failure in Iraq, 1958
Jeffrey G. Karam, Visiting Research Scholar at the Crown Center, Brandeis University

Why were American officials caught by surprise with the military coup and later revolution in Iraq on 14 July 1958? Drawing on American intelligence and diplomatic records as well as multilingual sources, this article argues that the US intelligence failure is the product of two factors: the collection of information from too few and too similar human sources of intelligence in Iraq’s ruling regime, and...Read More


In the News: January 5, 2017 - The Washington Post
There's a Battle in Iran over the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Business Empire
Eric Lob, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University, and former Crown Center Post-Doctoral Fellow
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center, Brandeis University

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is perceived by some as a business empire, with an estimated quarter of the country’s economy under its control. That has not changed since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in 2013, despite his repeated calls for a reduction in the IRGC’s economic and financial activities...Read More


Middle East Brief
Israel and the Palestinians: Sliding toward a One-State Reality
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Ramallah

The "two-state paradigm" that for decades comprised the basis of almost all discussions about resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, is losing its relevance. What will replace it is a "one state reality" – the de-facto transformation of the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River into one political unit. ...Read More


In the News: December 12, 2016 - Radio Sputnik
Restoring Relations with Moscow Helped Turkey to Preserve Its Economy [Audio]
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center, Brandeis University

Turkey’s economy has shrunk for the first time in seven years. The news comes after a failed coup in July tightened domestic demand and devastated key industries like tourism. Following the coup attempt, Turkish authorities have arrested or detained more than 100,000 civil servants. According to figures released on Monday, gross domestic product shrank by nearly two percent in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2015...More


Event
Saudi Arabia in a Chaotic Middle East
A talk with HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal
November 22, 2016 | 4-6pm | Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
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