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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: October 6, 2015 - The Washington Post
Why did Iran’s parliament hold hearings on the nuclear deal?
Amir Hossein Mahdavi, Researcher at the Crown Center

The nuclear agreement with Iran was followed by an intense debate within the American political establishment. Following the many hearings and attempts to thwart the deal in the U.S., Supreme Leader Ali Khameni authorized Iran’s parliament to become involved in the debate about the deal, which it was previously excluded from. In this article, Amir Hossein Mahdavi explains what led to this change of policy, and how the American debate may have impacted Iranian domestic politics. ...Read More

Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 1, 2015
In the Aftermath of the Nuclear Deal: The Middle East, Iran, the U.S. and Israel
Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Chapter in Rethinking Political Islam Series: September 30, 2015 - Brookings Institution
The more things change, the more they stay the same: Jordanian Islamist responses in spring and fall
David Patel, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

The events of the post-Arab Spring period have not fundamentally altered the goals and tactics of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood or changed the dynamic of its relationship with Jordan’s monarchy. The 2015 split within the group initiated by the Zamzam Initiative reflects long-growing divides between Palestinian-Jordanian Islamists and Transjordanian Islamists that preceded the Arab Spring. ...Read More

In the News: September 27, 2015 - Research on Religion
Religion and Social Order in Iraq
David Patel, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Why have many women in the Middle East resorted to increasingly conservative modes of dress in recent decades? And what happens after a political regime rapidly collapses leaving society in near total chaos as happened in Iraq in 2003? Dr. David Patel answers these questions and accounts for the rise and success of ISIS by using a political-economic approach to religious institutions and behavior. ...Read More