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Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism: Embracing Jahiliyyah

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In the latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Ilan Zalayat explains Saudi Arabia's effort to reimagine its pre-Islamic history in a nationalist frame, as part of a broader endeavor to replace Islam with nationalism as the source of the monarchy’s political legitimacy.

Zero-Sum versus Win-Win in the Middle East

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In our latest issue of Iqtisadi: The Middle East Economy, Paul Rivlin analyses the economic effects of having a zero-sum versus a win-win approach to problems. Increased bilateral trade since the Abraham Accords offer an example of a win-win scenario while the current Lebanese crisis shows how difficult it can be to escape a zero-sum game.

A Saudi-Pakistani Reset: Business as Usual?

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In the latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, Joshua Albin Cheyaden examines the Saudi-Pakistani relationship, and the context for their recent diplomatic "reset."

The “Four Plus One”: The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East

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In this inaugural MDC Occasional Paper, Josh Krasna and George Meladze analyze the structure of power in the Middle East during the past decade, mapping the main regional players and the interrelationships between them, and assessing the potential for future change in the politics of the region.