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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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In the news: January 28, 2016 - Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 
The Ahmadinejad Presidency and the Future of Iran’s Economy
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

Over the past three decades, newly elected Iranian presidents have frequently blamed their predecessors for the economic hardships and shortcomings that the country has endured. Rouhani and his administration are no exception. He and his team of economic advisors have repeatedly impugned former president Mahmood Ahmadinejad for the country’s economic ills, including record-high inflation rates, a severe recess ...Read More


In the news: January 27, 2016 - NPR - Nader Habibi interviewed in
As Sanctions On Iran Are Lifted, Many U.S. Business Restrictions Remain
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

With many of the sanctions on Iran being lifted, American and European companies are keen on doing business with the Islamic Republic. However, there are still barriers to trade as terrorism and human rights-related sanctions remain in effect. Nader Habibi explains how, in spite of sanctions relief, businesses that operate within the American financial system cannot easily trade with Iran. ...Read More


In the news: January 25, 2016 - The Conversation
Has the economy lost its influence on Turkey’s foreign policy?
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

In the past, Turkey's foreign policy aimed to develop the country's alliances with the U.S. and Europe, and in recent years transforming Turkey into a trading hub. The AKP government has successfully developed Turkey's trade partnerships in the region and globally. However, recent Turkish policies suggest Turkey's foreign policy priorities are shifting, and it will not hesitate to confront a major economic partner. Nader Habibi explains this policy shift and its ramifications. ...Read More


Middle East Brief
The End of the "Abbas Decade": The Crumbling of the post-Intifada Status-Quo
Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Political and Survey Research in Ramallah and Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center.

A decade of no war, no peace in Palestinian-Israeli relations is now coming to an end, and is gradually being replaced by intensifying violence. In this Brief, Khalil Shikaki argues that the post-intifada status quo that prevailed in the West Bank during the 2005–15 period is currently being challenged by two escalating factors: 1) The Palestinian Authority (PA), which contributed significantly to the status quo's creation, is rebelling against it, with PA president Mahmoud Abbas threatening to dismantle the Oslo Accords... Read More