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Brown bag seminar - September 18, 2019
The Lived Nile: An Environmental History of Egypt
Jennifer L. Derr, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz

In October 1902, the waters of the Nile filled the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam, and Egypt's historic relationship with the river forever changed. Egyptian agriculture had long depended on the Nile flood, its rhythms demarcating the seasons and determining cycles of prosperity and poverty. The construction of the dam represented the beginning of the end of the annual inundation in Egypt, which would cease after the 1964 flood...Read More


Middle East Brief - September 2019
The Informal Roots of the IRGC and the Implications for Iranian Politics Today
Maryam Alemzadeh, Harold Grinspoon Junior Research Fellow

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) plays a prominent role in carrying out the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy agenda. Noting this, the Trump administration has targeted the IRGC as part of its maximum pressure policy on Iran, recently announcing that the U.S. will designate it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. In this Brief, Maryam Alemzadeh describes the inherently informal nature of the IRGC and the notable degree of freedom that it possesses to embark on actions that go against centrally devised policies. She argues that...Read More


Annual Kickoff Event - September 4, 2019
The Middle East Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

Join us for a conversation with Maryam Alemzadeh, Gökçe Günel, Pascal Menoret, Amy Singer, Naghmeh Sohrabi, and David Siddhartha Patel. Opening remarks by Crown Family Director Gary Samore. This event is free and open to the public.


Middle East Brief - July 2019
Understanding Algeria's 2019 Revolutionary Movement
Thomas Serres, Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and associate researcher in the Development & Societies Research Unit, Paris-Sorbonne

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s announcement in February 2019 that he would run for a fifth term triggered the rise of a mass protest movement known as the Hirak. The Hirak brought together diverse and fractious political currents in peaceful demonstrations that, less than seven weeks later, led to Bouteflika’s ouster after 20 years in office. Yet protests continued, demanding deeper changes to the political system and hindering the military’s attempt to engineer a rapid transition. In this Brief, Thomas Serres links the durability of Algeria’s revolutionary movement...Read More


In the News - July 2, 2019
Trump's Political Plan for the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center

A few days after President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, unveiled the U.S. economic peace plan in Bahrain, Trump addressed the topic during a press conference at the end of the G20 summit in Japan. The president said that there would never be an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement if one is not negotiated during his presidency. He also opined that there is a "very good chance" his proposal for solving the decades-long conflict could succeed...Read More