Divided among several nation-states and situated at the heart of a complex geopolitical landscape, Kurds constitute the world’s largest stateless ethnic group. In the last decades, they have steadily grown in importance as a political power to reckon with in the Middle East.
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From 1948 to the present time, Israel has overcome tremendous obstacles and registered impressive achievements. Israel must re-imagine itself and its place in the Middle East in light of new challenges now presenting themselves, and in anticipation of those waiting just over the horizon.
In the present era, Africa is increasingly seen as a focus of global interest – both in the economic, diplomatic, and humanitarian context. Over the coming decades, the prospects for economic growth are only expected to increase; Israel is one of the countries which have improved its diplomatic ties with sub-Saharan African countries. At the same time, many African countries still face significant challenges, including food insecurity, humanitarian crises, migration and refugees, civil conflict, and terrorism. Despite the continents' growing centrality, it remains as yet understudied.
The MDC Researcher's Seminar meets bimonthly and is organized thematically, allowing researchers to present their ongoing work studying contemporary regional developments. The seminar is open to doctoral and master's candidates, as well as members of the public on a space-limited basis. Many of the sessions are recorded, and are available for viewing below. In Hebrew.
More than half of Israel’s current Jewish population belongs to families who have emigrated or were expelled from the Middle East and North African regions after 1948. Hundreds of thousands more live in North and South America, Great Britain and elsewhere. As memories fade, there is a clear and present danger that the rich legacy of Middle Eastern Jewry will be lost. For that reason, the Program for the Study of Jews in Arab Lands will preserve and protect the memory and heritage of these communities, while training cohorts of young researchers who will “carry the torch” for generations to come.
The Doron Halpern Middle East Network Analysis Desk (MENAD), led by Dr. Harel Chorev, studies Middle East and North Africa networks, both online (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Telegram, among others), and off (networks of families, elites, and terror groups). MENAD utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in order to identify, track, and analyze patterns and developments in public discourse.