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Middle East Brief
How Saudi Suburbs Shaped Islamic Activism
Pascal Menoret

Middle East Brief
The Return of Geo-Economics and the Emergence of Co-Prosperity Zones in the Middle East
Abdel Monem Said Aly

Middle East Brief
Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen's War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace
Stacey Philbrick Yadav

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

Crown Center

Panel Discussion - March 27, 2019
Israel at the Polls, Again: Why? And Is Anything Really Changing?
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center
Eva Bellin, Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics at the Crown Center
Yehudah Mirsky, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at the Schusterman Center
Doron Shapir, MA candidate for International Economics and Finance in the Brandeis International Business School
Moderated by Shayna Weiss, Associate Director Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

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A Brown Bag Seminar - April 3, 2019
Revolutionary Jews: The Politicization of the Iranian Jewish Communities in the Twentieth Century
Lior Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

This year marks the 40th anniversary of a broad-based revolution in Iran that eventually gave birth to the Islamic Republic. In March 1978, a revolutionary group was elected to the leadership of the Jewish communities in Iran. They began forming alliances with non-Jewish leaders of the revolutionary movement and actively taking part in operations, including publishing newspapers and pamphlets aimed to recruit more members to the movement...Read More


Q&A Discussion - March 21, 2019
Can Iran Be Stopped from Getting the Bomb?
Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution

Robert Einhorn will provide his assessment of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and its possibilities for the future, including whether a different administration in Washington might reenter the agreement. He spent 35 years at the State Department working on arms control and nonproliferation issues. As Special Advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013, Einhorn participated in negotiations that eventually lead to the Iran nuclear deal...Read More


Brown Bag Seminar - March 20, 2019
Human Rights and the Global History of the Iranian Revolution
Roham Alvandi, Associate Professor of International History and Director of the IDEAS Cold War Studies Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, the Shah of Iran - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - and the Iranian student opposition abroad developed competing narratives of human rights in Iran. While Iranian students worked with Western human rights organizations to highlight the use of torture against political prisoners in Iran, the Pahlavi state responded by embracing a Third World narrative of human rights...Read More


In the News - March 18, 2019
Center for the National Interest on Israeli Elections
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center

Shai Feldman spoke about the upcoming Israeli elections at the Center for the National Interest. Feldman discussed the April 9th elections in detail and also touched on the corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump’s Middle East peace plan, and public perception and opinions on support for a two-state solution...Watch More
Brown Bag Seminar - March 6, 2019
From Dissertation to Published Book: A Conversation with Kate Wahl
Kate Wahl, Editor-in-Chief at Stanford University Press

In this Q&A session, Kate Wahl will discuss the overall publishing process from an editor's perspective. She will also share tips on pitfalls to avoid during the process, qualities of a good book proposal, and more. At Stanford University Press, Wahl acquires books in Middle East Studies and edits the series Stanford Studies in Comparative Race and Ethnicity. She also acquires general interest books...Watch it here