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Middle East Brief
Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen's War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace
Stacey Philbrick Yadav

Middle East Brief
How Oil and Demography Shape Post-Saddam Iraq
David Siddhartha Patel

Middle East Brief

After ISIS: Development and Demography in the Jazira
Samuel Dolbee

Middle East Brief

The Evolution of Iran's Police Forces and Social Control in the Islamic Republic
Saeid Golkar

Crown Center


Middle East Brief
Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen's War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace
Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The ongoing war in Yemen is usually understood in both policy circles and public discourse as either a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia or a civil war between Houthi rebels and the Government of Yemen led by President Hadi. In this Brief, Stacey Philbrick Yadav challenges these binary understandings of the war by disaggregating Yemen’s war into four arenas of conflict...Read More


Brown Bag Seminar - November 14, 2018
25 Years After Oslo: Why is Palestinian Support for the Two-State Solution the Lowest Since 1993?
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

This talk will explore the shifts in public opinion regarding peace and the two-state solution since the signing of the Oslo agreement and the likely future directions. It will focus on the hardening of attitudes among Palestinians during the past decade, the impact of domestic politics on willingness to compromise and the impact of two years of the Trump Administration...Read More


In the News: October 19, 2018 - CNN
At This Hour with Kate Bolduan
Gary Samore, Senior Executive Director of the Crown Center

CNN host Kate Bolduan interviews Gary Samore regarding the US administration and the Jamal Khashoggi case. What might the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and Riyadh do next? Watch here.


Brown Bag Seminar - October 31, 2018
Factions in Conversation: The Internal Track-II Dialogue in Iraq
Nussaibah Younis, Senior Adviser at the European Institute of Peace

Dr. Nussaibah Younis will reflect on the high level political mediation that she has been leading in Iraq over the last two years, asking how the tool of mediation can be most effectively used in today's conflict settings, and what challenges the method continues to pose...Read More


In the News: October 16, 2018 - The National Interest
Forty-Five Years After the 1973 War, Israel Faces Another Year of Decision
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center

Analogies are ever so imperfect. In the Arab-Israeli conflict, it’s rare for history to repeat itself, or even to rhyme. Yet the similarities between an important development in Israeli-Palestinian relations that occurred earlier this month and a tragic chapter in the history of the conflict that took place some forty-six years ago are striking...Read More


In the News: September 26, 2018 - The National Interest
Can Erdogan's New Powers Help Fix Turkey's Economy?
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

Turkey is suffering through its worst economic crisis since 2000, and it is at risk of a significant economic meltdown if appropriate emergency policies are not adopted soon. The Turkish lira has suffered a sharp devaluation in recent months because of Turkey’s rising external debt and loss of confidence in its ability to service this debt in the short run...Read More


Middle East Brief
How Oil and Demography Shape Post-Saddam Iraq
David Siddhartha Patel, Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Four months after Iraq held parliamentary elections in May 2018 and two months since protests against inadequate public services, high unemployment, and corruption erupted in Basra and spread to other locales, Iraqi political factions continue to negotiate power-sharing and the formation of a new government...Read More


Annual Kick Off Event - September 5, 2018
Untold Stories of the Middle East
Daniel Neep, Hind Ahmed Zaki, Yazan Doughan, Hayal Akarsu, Shai Feldman, and Naghmeh Sohrabi

A conversation on timely topics such as: Can the Syrian state be put back together? What are we missing about women's rights movements in the Middle East? Gender equality and democratization: Is Tunisia a success story? Corruption and patronage in Jordan and the region. Authoritarianism, police, and policing: Turkey and beyond...Read More


In the News: August 27, 2018 - The Conversation
Qatar’s $15 billion snub of Trump over Turkey puts another key US relationship in Middle East at risk
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

The U.S. and Qatar have been key allies for decades, with close military and economic ties. Qatar is home to the United States’ biggest base in the region, and in turn the U.S. has pledged to protect the small, oil rich country that juts out into the Persian Gulf. But the relationship is being tested like never before by the latest example of Qatar snubbing the interests of Uncle Sam – or, put more generously, its maverick foreign policy...Read More