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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

 

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In the News: August 20, 2015 - The National Interest
Dreams from a Deal with Iran
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

The recent nuclear deal with Iran has caused much concern among policymakers worldwide, who wonder how the deal will impact security in the Middle East. In this article, Shai Feldman and Ariel E. Levite analyze these concerns and explain how the U.S. and its European partners can alleviate their Middle Eastern allies' anxieties and employ the deal to benefit regional security. ...Read More


In the News: August 14, 2015 - Newsweek
What Will Iran Do With Its Newly Released Foreign Assets?
Nader Habibi,  Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

The value of Iran’s frozen foreign assets and the Iranian government’s use of the funds that will become available to it as a result of their release have become hot political topics. Yet, the exact value of these assets is highly contested. In this article, Nader Habibi provides an assessment of these assets’ value, and evaluates the impact their release may have on regional security. ...Read More


In the News: August 13, 2015 - The New York Times - Shai Feldman cited in
If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal

In this op-ed, Thomas Friedman analyzes the mixed Israeli reactions to the recent nuclear deal with Iran. Citing Shai Feldman and Ariel Levite’s recent article, Seven Realities That Made an Iran Deal Almost Inevitable, Friedman argues that rather than undermining the deal, the Israeli government should use it to bolster Israel’s national security. ...Read More


In the News: August 11, 2015 - The Conversation 
Iran’s frozen funds: how much is really there and how will they be used?
Nader Habibi,  Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

The value of Iran’s frozen foreign assets and the Iranian government’s use of the funds that will become available to it as a result of their release have become hot political topics. Yet, the exact value of these assets is highly contested. In this article, Nader Habibi provides an assessment of these assets’ value, and evaluates the impact their release may have on regional security. ...Read More


New Report: August 4, 2015 - The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School - Shai Feldman contributor in
The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Definitive Guide

This comprehensive report provides a concise description of the Iran nuclear agreement and the accompanying UN Security Council Resolution 2231. It also includes a balanced assessment of the agreement's strengths and weaknesses with respect to its central objective to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. ...Read More


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