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Tel Aviv Notes - Contemporary Middle East Analysis
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Seth J. Frantzman explains the challenges facing the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) based on his two trips to Kurdistan, in June and December of 2015, which included multiple visits to the frontlines and interviews with high level officials and members of the peshmerga, as well as civilians.
MDC Researcher Brandon Friedman addresses the ceasefire in the Syrian War and recent Saudi declarations to send its special forces into Syria as part of the American coalition.
Saira Khan explains how the Islamic State uses water infrastructure as both a weapon of war and a political instrument.
MDC Senior Research Fellow Dr. Esther Webman examines the ideology and goals of the Islamic State and al-Qaʿida as expressed in their English-language publications.
Tel Aviv Notes: Saudi Women Participate in the Kingdom’s Municipal Elections: A Sign of Change in State-Society Relations
MDC Researcher Dr. Nachum Shiloh explains how female participation in the 2015 Saudi municipal elections reflect changes in state-society relations in the Saudi kingdom.
MDC Researcher Dr. Ronen Zeidel and Junior Researcher Ceng Sagnic analyze the Turkish military presence in Iraq.
MDC Researcher Dr. Brandon Friedman and MDC Junior Researcher Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the conflict between Turkey and Russia, against the backdrop of the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
MDC Junior Researcher Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak analyzes the outcome of the November elections in Turkey, and argues that the Turkish people chose economic stability and security over perceived chaos, even at the expense of perceived authoritarianism.
MDC Junior Researcher Joyce van de Bildt analyzes the recent parliamentary elections held in Egypt, which were the first held since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi over two years ago.
MDC Researcher Dr. Brandon Friedman analyzes the roles of Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the ongoing Syrian conflict, and argues that Russia's increased military presence in Syria has placed Moscow as a pivotal regional power broker.