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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
Saving the Middle East
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
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

Engulfed in violent conflict and political turmoil, today’s Middle East is unrecognizable. The costs of the past four years of violence in Syria alone, when the dead, wounded, and displaced, as well as the destruction of Syria’s infrastructure and economy are taken into account, are among the worst in the region's history. ... Read More

Interview: November 16, 2015 - Musings on Iraq
Iraq Premier Abadi’s Precarious Situation
Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi has faced a difficult situation from the day he entered office in 2014. His latest problem is trying to deal with protests demanding reforms, while juggling the power struggles within his own Dawa party and the State of Law list. In this interview, Al-Qarawee analyzes the political landscape that the Iraqi Prime Minister is facing. ...Read More

Featured article: November 12, 2015 - Perspectives on History
Muddling through the Iranian Revolution
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center and Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History at Brandeis

There is an abundance of scholarship about the political, economic, social, and ideological reasons for the Iranian Revolution, but what does the unfolding of a revolution feel like to those living through it? In this article, Professor Sohrabi introduces her groundbreaking research about the revolutionary experience in Iran, which explores precisely this question. ...Read More