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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

Middle East Brief
A Passing Generation of Yemeni Politics
Asher Orkaby

Middle East Brief
Iran’s Overeducation Crisis: Causes and Ramifications
Nader Habibi

Middle East Brief
Can Hamas Moderate? Insights from Palestinian Politics during 2005-2011
Khalil Shikaki

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Middle East Brief
The Changing Face of Islamic Authority in the Middle East
Richard A. Nielsen, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Since 2014 when ISIS declared itself a new Islamic caliphate, the questions of what is Islamic authority and who wields it today have taken on a new urgency. In this Brief, Dr. Richard Nielsen explains the changing nature of Islamic authority in the Sunni Muslim Middle East. ...Read More


In the news: April 19, 2016 - The Hollings Center for International Dialogue
Higher Education Policies and Overeducation in Turkey
Nader Habibi,  Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

In this report, Professor Habibi examines overeducation in Turkey as part of his ongoing research on the linkages between economies and education. This report explores the economic and political factors that have led to increased supply and demand of higher education in Turkey, which resulted in unprecedented levels of underemployment of university graduates. ...Read More


Middle East Brief
Egypt's 2015 Parliamentary Elections: A Prelude to Stability?
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center.
Sobhy Essaila, senior researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.

Egyptian parliamentary elections held in fall 2015 were meant to complete President el-Sisi’s political road map and restore stability and social order to the country. However, critics both in Egypt and the international community have questioned the elections’ legitimacy. ...Read More


In the news: April 13, 2016 - Middle East Eye - David Patel quoted in
Jordanian security services close Brotherhood's headquarters

Jordanian security services closed the headquarters of the country's Muslim Brotherhood in Amman and also a second office in nearby Jarash on Wednesday. The move is the latest tussle between the government and Jordan's largest opposition group with tensions running high in the run up to next year's parliamentary elections. What explains the latest developments in Jordan? ...Read More