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

Middle East Brief

After ISIS: Development and Demography in the Jazira
Samuel Dolbee

Middle East Brief

The Evolution of Iran's Police Forces and Social Control in the Islamic Republic
Saeid Golkar

Middle East Brief
Drugs and Drug Policy in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Golnar Nikpour

Crown Center


Middle East Brief
How Oil and Demography Shape Post-Saddam Iraq
David Siddhartha Patel, Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Four months after Iraq held parliamentary elections in May 2018 and two months since protests against inadequate public services, high unemployment, and corruption erupted in Basra and spread to other locales, Iraqi political factions continue to negotiate power-sharing and the formation of a new government...Read More


Apply Now - Deadline October 15, 2018
Crown Center Grants for Research, Study, and Travel

The Fall 2018 cycle is now open and accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate research and study grants. Funds are available for study of a Middle Eastern language, study abroad in the Middle East, and Senior Thesis, MA Thesis, and PhD dissertation research on Middle East-related topics...Read More


Annual Kick Off Event - September 5, 2018
Untold Stories of the Middle East
Daniel Neep, Hind Ahmed Zaki, Yazan Doughan, Hayal Akarsu, Shai Feldman, and Naghmeh Sohrabi

A conversation on timely topics such as: Can the Syrian state be put back together? What are we missing about women's rights movements in the Middle East? Gender equality and democratization: Is Tunisia a success story? Corruption and patronage in Jordan and the region. Authoritarianism, police, and policing: Turkey and beyond...Read More


In the News: August 27, 2018 - The Conversation
Qatar’s $15 billion snub of Trump over Turkey puts another key US relationship in Middle East at risk
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

The U.S. and Qatar have been key allies for decades, with close military and economic ties. Qatar is home to the United States’ biggest base in the region, and in turn the U.S. has pledged to protect the small, oil rich country that juts out into the Persian Gulf. But the relationship is being tested like never before by the latest example of Qatar snubbing the interests of Uncle Sam – or, put more generously, its maverick foreign policy...Read More


In the News: August 14, 2018 - Payvand
Will Iran Benefit from Lack of Coordination in Trump Administration's Multiple Sanctions?
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

If assuring the success of the economic sanctions against Iran is one of Trump administration's top foreign policy priorities then there must be a good explanation for why it is simultaneously engaging in trade wars and imposing sanctions on some of Iran's major trade partners. Does U.S. expect Turkey, Russia and China to cooperate with U.S. sanctions and cut back their economic ties with Iran while they are themselves being punished by tariffs and economic sanctions for various reasons?...Read More


Special Announcement: August 9, 2018
A Joint Outreach Project with Brookings

We are delighted to announce a joint outreach project with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, commencing this September in Washington, DC. Funded by the Maxine and Ray Frankel Foundation in Los Angeles, the project will share the knowledge and expertise of our two centers’ researchers with current and next-generation members of the U.S. policy community. The project will comprise a regular series of focused events, allowing us to share our understanding of the deeper trends in the Middle East and our assessments of developments in the region with members of the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government...Read More


Middle East Brief
After ISIS: Development and Demography in the Jazira
Samuel Dolbee, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

The Jazira—the lands at the foot of the Anatolian Plateau between the Tigris and the Euphrates—was at the center of the territory held by ISIS. Discussion on the future of this region now focuses on efforts to promote economic development, facilitate the return of refugees, and include ethnic and religious minorities in rebuilding efforts...Read More