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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

In the News - June 17, 2019
Qatar’s Blockade Enters Third Year: Who Are the Winners and Losers?
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

The Qatar crisis entered its third year this month, and there is no indication that it will be resolved anytime soon. When Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched the economic blockade of Qatar two years ago, they were expecting it to be effective within a short time...Read More

Middle East Brief - June 2019
Why Hasn't the Asad Regime Collapsed? Lessons Learned from Syria's History of Tyranny
Daniel Neep, Sabbatical Fellow at the Crown Center and an Assistant Professor in Arab Politics in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

After the Syrian uprising began in 2011, many U.S. government officials and foreign policy analysts predicted that the regime of Bashar al-Asad would eventually collapse. They saw Syria’s minority-led government as inherently fragile and pointed to the country’s long history of political instability. Eight years later, however, the Asad regime survives, albeit transformed, and has regained territorial control of much of the country. In this Brief, Daniel Neep argues that these analyses misunderstood the nature of the regime...Read More

In the News - May 13, 2019
Regional Consequences of Saudi Arabia's New Approach toward Iraq
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at the Crown Center

Up until late 2014, Saudi Arabia viewed Iraq’s Shia-dominated government as an ally of its regional rival, Iran. Saudis had strongly opposed the U.S. 2003 invasion, which removed Saddam Hussein’s Baath regime and led to the empowerment of the Shias. For twelve years (2003-2015) the Saudi government funded Sunni parties and armed the Sunni militant groups that engaged in violent campaigns against Shia targets...Read More

Special Announcement - May 8, 2019
Charles (Corky) Goodman Chair in Middle East History Naghmeh Sohrabi Receives the Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching

What students had to say about Sohrabi: "Professor Sohrabi brought incredible enthusiasm and passion to a course that made everyone genuinely want to read 200 pages and prepare themselves for class. It was never about a grade in her classroom. It was about learning. She cares very much about all of her students, and she challenges them to learn and keep learning in a respectful and exciting way."...Read More