Archives for 2016

Why the Resilience of Islamist Militants Will Threaten Security Across Africa in 2017

On December 23 the Nigerian army achieved a significant milestone in its long war against Boko Haram, capturing what was described as the Islamist militant group’s last stronghold in the remote Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast near the border with Cameroon. On Christmas Eve, President Muhammadu Buhari triumphantly tweeted that it was the “fina...    read more 

Can shared disdain for US improve Russia-Iran ties?

There is a common misperception that Russian-Iranian relations thrive on the anti-West sentiments of both countries’ political elites. Iranian and Russian politicians help spread this idea, feeding the idea that the shared vision of a common enemy can bring the two countries together. Yet they overlook that the nature of their hatred toward the United Stat...    read more 

Few Solutions to Gabon’s Election Dispute

Elections have dominated the headlines in 2016. It seems that every major region of the world has been affected by electoral turbulence this year. But Gabon’s 2016 presidential election failed to garner the attention of international media despite widespread voter fraud, corruption, and political violence that culminated in the arson of the parliament buil...    read more 

Will Iran’s Human-Rights Failures Bring Down Its Reformer President?

Taking power in 2013, President Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the nuclear pact with the West, referred to in Persian by the acronym Barjam, as a first step in making a fundamental reorientation in Iran’s foreign policy and to normalize Iran’s relations with the outside world. As I explained in my previous analyses, limiting overt kinetic actions...    read more 

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and several world powers in July 14, 2015, to be a first step in a grander plan to normalize Iran’s international relations with the outside world. As I explained in my previous analysis, managing terror and li...    read more 

Is Trump a Death Sentence for the Iran Deal?

The election of Donald Trump has prompted a flood of commentary on the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Barack Obama’s signature achievement. Trump repeatedly described the JCPOA with Iran as the “worst agreement ever” and promised to “dismantle” it. As is well known, the JCPOA, as a multinational agreement, canno...    read more 

2016 Moroccan Studies Research Grants

Prof. Geoffrey Jensen (Virginia Military Institute) The Cultural Perceptions of the Spanish Army in North Africa and Their Meaning for Moroccan History Ms. Ashley Miller (University of Michigan) Palaces, Tents, and ‘Imperial Souvenirs’: Exhibiting Cultural Authority in the French Protectorate of Morocco Dr. Michal Ohana (Ben-Gurion University of the Nege...    read more 

2016 Research Grant Winners

Mr. Ahmad Agbaria (University of Texas at Austin) Society Without Consensus: The Drift Away from Piety Politics in Post-1967 Arab Thought Ms. Esra Bakkalbasioglu (University of Washington) Accessing to Infrastructure: Struggles over Regional Development in Israel and Turkey Dr. Shaul Bartal (Bar-Ilan University) What is Left of Palestine’...    read more 

Why Trump should make Africa a foreign policy priority

Now that the most rancorous election campaign in living memory is over, if Americans are to "bind the wounds of division," as President-elect Donald Trump called for in his magnanimous victory speech, and come together "on one team" after this "intramural scrimmage," as President Obama put it in his remarks on the morrow of election day, then what is needed ...    read more 

2016 ASMEA Keynote Address: “The Pathology of Middle Eastern Studies”

Prof. Martin Kramer, founding president of Shalem College and author, Ivory Towers on Sand, delivered the Keynote Address at the Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference in Washington, D.C. held October 27 – 29, 2016. Having trouble viewing? Refresh your page. If this doesn’t load the video, visit our Vimeo page to watch...    read more