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Middle East Brief
Islamists in Power and Women's Rights: The Case of Tunisia
Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis

Middle East Brief
Turkey's Failed Peace Process with the Kurds: A Different Explanation
Serra Hakyemez

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The Failure to End Libya's Fragmentation and Future Prospects
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

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What Does the 2017 Presidential Election Tell Us about the State of the Islamic Republic of Iran?
Seyedamir Hossein Mahdavi and Naghmeh Sohrabi



Crown Center

In the News: November 15, 2017 - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs
A Century's Legacy of Conflict
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

On November 2, it will be one hundred years since former British foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour sent Lord Walter Rothschild a letter asking him to convey to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland his pledge to establish a “national homeland” for the Jews in Palestine. In fact, this pledge, known as the Balfour Declaration...Read More

Peace versus the People
Khalil Shikaki, Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

In an interview with the New York Times in July 2014, former U.S. Middle East envoy Martin Indyk blamed the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on “distrust” and “skepticism” between the two peoples. He reported what he felt was the most meaningful personal moment in the previous year’s round of talks...Read More

Trump's Toughest Deal
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Khalil Shikaki, Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Since early 2017, a number of developments seem to have improved the odds of a positive breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The most promising among them was the election of U.S. President Donald Trump who in a meeting with the New York Times editorial board on November 22, 2016 expressed his hopes of...Read More

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Brown Bag Seminar
Palestinian Public Opinion and the Viability of the Two-State Solution
Khalil Shikaki, Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

Public opinion polls conducted during the past decade show that Palestinian support for the two-state solution has decreased by about 30%. This greater opposition to compromise raises worrying questions regarding the role of public opinion in peacemaking: Is it a force for peace or an impediment to it?...Read More

In the News: November 8, 2017 - The Washington Post
Why Lebanon's Prime Minister Resigned
Jeffrey G. Karam, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Belfer Center at Harvard University and former Visiting Research Scholar at the Crown Center

Last Saturday, in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s prime minister unexpectedly resigned. Saad Hariri blamed Iran and Hezbollah for his decision and alluded to information about an assassination plot against him. His resignation ended a political compromise leading to...Read More

In the News: October 29, 2017 - The National Interest
Art of the Peace Deal: What Can Be Done in Israel and Palestine?
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Nawaf Obaid, Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A series of circumstances currently present Israelis and Palestinians with a unique opportunity to resolve their historic conflict. The first of these was the election of President Donald Trump, who seems genuinely motivated by the challenge of succeeding where all his predecessors have failed: to bring peace to Israel-Palestine...Read More

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Brown Bag Seminar
Integration of the Middle East into China's Belt and Road Initiative
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

Over the past two decades, China has developed strong economic relations with many Middle Eastern countries. China now seeks their cooperation on a massive development project that would build a large network of roads and seaports to facilitate trade among Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe...Read More

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Book Launch
A Doomed Israeli-Palestinian Love Story
Dorit Rabinyan, acclaimed author of All the Rivers

Join us for a riveting evening with author Dorit Rabinyan, one of Israel’s most acclaimed young novelists. The author will discuss and sign copies of her international best-selling, award-winning novel, All the Rivers, the controversial love story between an Israeli writer and a Palestinian painter...Read More

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Brown Bag Seminar
The Truth about the Muslim Brothers
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Since the 2011 Egyptian revolution and subsequent year-long presidency of Mohamed Morsi, a debate has taken place on the true nature of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. For some, the removal of Morsi as president of Egypt in 2013 and the following crackdown on the Brotherhood marked a repressive turn in Egyptian post-revolutionary politics...Read More

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Brown Bag Seminar
Empowering Believers: A Sociohistory of Islamism in Saudi Arabia
Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies

How does one engage in politics in a highly repressive environment? How do believers become activists? How do suburban environments shape political activism? Why has Islamism become the go-to opposition movement in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s...Read More

In the News: September 13, 2017 - Muftah
Rouhani vs. the IRGC Economy
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

In May 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in a landslide victory, propelled by voters who embraced his message of economic and political reform. While this may seem like a mandate to continue to his push for domestic economic reforms and the expansion of trade and...Read More

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - A Special Public Event
Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

One hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, what are the futures of Israel and Palestine? Join top scholars and public figures as they debate what kind of states should Israelis and Palestinians seek and how these competing visions inform their approach to the conflict...Read More

Middle East Brief
Islamists in Power and Women's Rights: The Case of Tunisia
Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis, Non-Resident Scholar at the Crown Center

Following the 2010 Jasmine Revolution, Tunisians voted the Islamist party, Ennahda, into power in 2011. At the time, many were concerned that Ennahda would use its newfound electoral victory to reverse significant gains for Tunisian women's rights over the past decades. These gains included the right to work, hold political office, initiate divorce, and pass citizenship onto their children...Read More

Former Fellows Update: Cornell University Press book published
Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
Peter Krause, Crown Center Junior Research Fellow 2011-2012 and currently an Assistant Professor of Politics at Boston College

Many of the world's states—from Algeria to Ireland to the United States—are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts to achieve statehood, including the Basques, the Kurds, and the Palestinians. In Rebel Power, Peter Krause offers a powerful new theory to explain...Read More