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Middle East Brief
From Maliki to Abadi: The Challenge of Being Iraq’s Prime Minister
Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee

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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In the news: June 30, 2016 - The Conversation
Why Iran’s anti-American hardliners want to buy US-made Boeings for Iran Air
Nader Habibi,  Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

Under Rouhani’s leadership, Iran Air recently reached an agreement to purchase and lease airplanes from Boeing, an American corporation. President Obama’s sanctioning of negotiations between the two companies elicited scorn from America’s conservative politicians, but no noticeable ire from the Islamic Republic’s hardliners. In this article, Nader Habibi explains why Rouhani’s opponents remained silent on this issue, in spite of their opposition to developing economic ties with the U.S. ...Read More

Middle East Brief
From Maliki to Abadi: The Challenge of Being Iraq’s Prime Minister
Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center where he is working on a book titled "Shiism and State in Iraq: Authority, Identity and Politics."

In this Brief, Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee reviews Abadi’s premiership thus far, examines the differences between Abadi’s and Maliki’s policies, and questions whether the transference of power from Maliki to Abadi has led to a significant change in Iraq’s political dynamics. ...Read More


In the news: May 26, 2016 - The Conversation
Iran’s Rouhani may now control parliament, but do his economic reforms stand a chance?
Nader Habibi,  Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his policies are set to get a boost this week after voters elected a parliament that favors reform. Now that Rouhani may finally have the backing of parliament, will he be able to pursue the economic and social reforms he has promised since first taking office in 2013? And does this mean the nuclear deal that he helped secure will make Iran more open to foreign businesses and the West?...Read More

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