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Tel Aviv Notes - Contemporary Middle East Analysis
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MDC Senior Research Fellow Ofra Bengio outlines the importance of Kirkuk to the Kurdish Region of Iraq and explains the elements of the Kurdish leadership's strategy for advancing towards independence.
MDC Principal Researcher Emeritus Gideon Gera examines the results of the Algerian parliamentary elections and explores their implications for stability and governance in Algeria.
MDC Researcher Brandon Friedman examines how the Saudis viewed U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia for the Arab Islamic American Summit.
MDC Researcher Brandon Friedman explains the Trump administration's approach to foreign policy and its influence on the diplomatic process to wind down the Syrian war.
Ronni Shaked and Itamar Radai explain the context and significance of the Palestinian participation in the fourth season of the Arab Idol competition, whose winner was Bethlehem native Yacoub Shahin.
Alexey Khlebnikov analyzes how the Syrian conflict has been altered in recent months. The 2016 Syrian ceasefire and the subsequent talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, which renewed the political track, created a new reality, one in which the U.S. and the EU now have taken a back seat to Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
Joyce van de Bildt - de Jong explains that today's yearning for the monarchy in Egypt, while detached from historical reality, is a reaction to present popular grievances, in particular the lack of stability, security, freedom, and economic opportunities in Egyptian society today.
Senior Research Fellow Prof. Asher Susser explains that while the Arabs remain the largest ethnic group in the region, the non-Arab states have become its key political players. The non-Arab states, Iran and Turkey and to a lesser degree Israel, have filled the void left by Arab weakness.
Itamar Radai explains how the violent confrontation that took place in January between the Israeli police and residents of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran underscore the huge gaps separating the political leadership of the Arab minority in Israel and the Israeli political establishment.
Brandon Friedman explains that the Iran, Turkey, and Russia cooperation in Syria is not primarily directed at the West; rather, Russia is trying to reestablish itself as Syria’s ultimate arbiter.