In the latest Mideast Monitor, Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses the ebb and flow of Riyadh-Tehran relations since the 1960s and argues that the execution of Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr highlights the Saudi government's deep insecurities over the collapse of oil prices, internal jihadism, and a loss of faith in the US-Saudi alliance.
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Dr. Itamar Radai has published an article in the Journal of Contemporary History, wherein he examines the status of the Palestinian-Arab middle class during the British Mandate era between 1920-39. In English.
In the aftermath of the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, the military-backed Egyptian interim government has used propaganda and has promoted a certain representation of the past to achieve its political agenda of building legitimacy and consolidating power in a postrevolutionary state.
This article discusses the image of the Jew in its recent manifestations in Arab discourse, showing how competing political and religious factions have manipulated it and imbued it with meaning. It contends that the “Jew” is being constructed as a functional metaphor, an all-purpose villain, to explain the changing circumstances and catastrophes that have befallen Arab societies, particularly in the wake of the Arab Spring.
MDC Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman argues that recent elections have enabled both Egypt and Turkey to consolidate executive power.
MDC Principal Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman argues that the Palestinian issue is just one of many on the crowded agenda of Mideast governments and nowhere near the top of their priorities.
In the latest Mideast Monitor, Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy Weitzman examines the refugee crisis out of Syria, and addresses the question of why the Gulf states have not as yet accepted Syrian refugees.
MDC Researcher Dr. Michael Barak has published an article on E-International Relations, wherein he discusses the destruction of antiquities by the Islamic State.
Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman has written a piece in the American Interest, where he examines how, in Morocco, where the traditional “fear of the authorities” has weakened, the Amazigh identity movement could help shape the future.
Despite the importance and improvement of multi-dimensional Turkish-Chinese relations, Turkish decision makers have had difficulties reconciling their Pan-Islamic ideological rhetoric and the demands of realpolitik. While Ankara recognizes the need to form good relations with China, its self-assigned role as the protector of “oppressed Muslims” has, so far, trapped Turkey between realpolitik and the purism of ideology.