Archives for 2017

Trump’s Nothingburger: A Hanukkah Gift for Putin?

For the past seven-odd years, every time we drove a family member to the shiny new US Consulate-General in Jerusalem on visa or passport business, I was sure the huge edifice was actually an embassy-in-waiting. The United States was committed by act of Congress – from long before the building went up — to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerus...    read more 

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe is Gone, But What About His Enablers?

Detained by the same armed forces that had long helped keep him in power, repudiated by the very Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) liberation movement-cum-political party he co-founded, facing hundreds of thousands of peaceful (even celebratory) protesters calling for his ouster, and confronting the prospect of a humiliating impeachme...    read more 

2017 Travel Grant Winners

Dr. Robert Barnidge (Chaminade College Preparatory School/University of Haifa) Anti-Zionism, Jus Cogens, and International Law: The Case of the Banjul Charter and Arab Charter Dr. Shaul Bartal (Bar-Ilan University) Rashid Ghannouchi’s Test: Political Islam and Democracy in Tunisia Dr. Lindsay Benstead (Portland State University) Does Electing Female Co...    read more 

2013 Travel Grant Winners

Mr. Ramin Ahmadoglu (University of Cincinnati) The Emergence of Azerbaijani Nationalism and State: The Secular Elite, Grievances, and Opportunity Structures Mr. Eliott Assoudeh (University of Nevada, Reno) The Impact of the Cold War on Military Expenditure–Economic Growth in the Middle East Mrs. Mitra Assoudeh (University of Nevada, Reno) The Imp...    read more 

2014 Travel Grant Winners

Mr. Benjamin Acosta (Claremont Graduate University) The Dynamics of Lebanon’s Democratization Prof. Mohammed Akacem (Metropolitan State University of Denver) Oil and Democracy in Algeria: Why has the Arab Spring Passed it By? Prof. Nicholas Al-Jeloo (University of Divinity) Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Assyrians in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the...    read more 

2015 Travel Grant Winners

Prof. Mohammed Akacem (Metropolitan State University of Denver) Middle East Oil and Global Finance: The Role of MENA’s Sovereign Wealth Funds Ms. Kira Allmann (University of Oxford) Painting Down the Barricades: Public Art and Resistance Between Online and Offline Spaces in Egypt Dr. Harel Chorev (Tel Aviv University) Elite Families Organiza...    read more 

2016 Travel Grant Winners

Mr. Vahid Abedini (Florida International University  The Portrait of Generational Conflict in Iran Prof. Abdallah Alashaal (Cairo University)               The Potential Impact of Vienna Deal on Regional Issues Prof. Alexander Bligh (Ariel University) Typology of Radical Islamic Movements and Terror Networks in the Eme...    read more 

2017 Research Grant Winners

Mr. Scott Abramson (University of California, Los Angeles) A Historical Inquiry into Israeli-Kurdish Contact Ms. Hind Ahmed Zaki (University of Washington) Resisting and Redefining State Violence: The Gendered Politics of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia Prof. Fazia Aïtel (Claremont McKenna College) Amazigh (Berber) Feminism: T...    read more 

Will Iran Stick to the JCPOA if Trump Refuses to Re-certify It?

Tension is building in Washington and Tehran as the date for re-certifying Iran as compliant with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nears.  Certification of the agreement every 90 days by the American administration is not part of the JCPOA. Rather, it was imposed on the Obama administration by the Republican-led Congress, which passed [&he...    read more 

The Pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in Jordanian Media—and Prospects for Change

The Kingdom of Jordan relies on American support to prevent terrorist infiltration from Islamic State and other Salafi-Jihadist threats; alleviate the economic burden strained by a massive influx of Syrian refugees; and achieve a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...    read more