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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


Crown Center

In the News: July 28, 2015 - The Huffington Post 
What Is Missing About Egypt?
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Many analysts have a grim outlook on Egypt. However, despite the challenges it faces, Egypt is also experiencing some positive developments. Abdel Monem Said Aly analyzes Egypt’s economy, security, and domestic politics, and provides context for a comprehensive understanding of its domestic affairs. ...Read More

In the News: July 21, 2015 - The National Interest
Seven Realities That Made an Iran Deal Almost Inevitable
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

Shai Feldman and Ariel E. Levite analyze the recent nuclear deal with Iran in the context of contemporary Middle East and global realities, which made the deal not only possible, but perhaps inevitable. ...Read More

In the News: July 21, 2015 - University World News 
Is Saudi Arabia training too many graduates? 
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

Although Saudi Arabia's significant investment in higher education has led to major improvements in the sector, there are concerns that the increasing number of graduates will not be able to find job opportunities that match their skills. Nader Habibi analyzes the Saudi labor market to investigate these fears. ...Read More

In the news: July 15, 2015 - BrandeisNow - Nader Habibi interviewed in 
Iranian nuclear agreement: questions and politics 

The announcement that Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and Germany have reached an agreement that places limits on Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions has drawn international praise and raised concerns. Nader Habibi discusses the agreement, its potential impact on Iran and the Middle East and how it might affect the petroleum market. .... Read More

Middle East Brief
The AKP and the Gülen: The End of a Historic Alliance
Sarah El-Kazaz, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Although the AKP’s recent electoral defeat was caused by many converging developments, including the rise of pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, an overlooked yet important factor was the split with the Gülen, a religious movement long-considered the main grassroots mobilizer of the AKP.... Read More

In the News: June 24, 2015 - The National Interest
Doomed: Saudi Arabia Will Fail in Yemen
Asher Orkaby, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Since the days of British imperialism, aerial attacks have failed to subdue political upheaval in Yemen. Asher Orkaby explains why the current Saudi endeavor to curb the Houthi movement with airstrikes is similarly futile. ...Read More