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Diwaniyya, the Dayan Center Podcast: Christmas Special Part 5

In December and January, Diwaniyya put on a Christmas Special, a series of short interviews on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians in the Holy Land. The Christmas Special is also part of our ongoing Minorities in the Middle East Series. The Christian minority in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is small but diverse and culturally rich. Diwaniyya visited Bethlehem on Christmas Eve and spoke to Christians from all over the world about spending Christmas in Bethlehem.

 

Uzi Rabi was interviewed about Iran, Israel and the United States, on the program Erev Hadash, Channel 23, January 15, 2012. Click here to watch (in Hebrew, min. 6:40-15:00).

 

Middle East News Brief, January 12, 2012

In this issue: "The Arab Observers and Ignoring Perpetrators" in Dar al Hayat (London); "Underground War" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Women, Revolution and Army" in Al-Masry Al-Youm (Cairo); "Egypt Cannot be a Theocracy" in Al-Ahram Weekly; and more.

MENB No. 41, January 12, 2012

 

Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center, wrote an op-ed for the Israeli daily Globes about developments in Syria and Bashar al-Asad's speech in the University of Damascus. January 11, 2012 (in Hebrew).

 

Updates on the Middle East, January 10, 2012

Recent reports, proceedings, analyses and papers on the Middle East and Africa, Islam, and related topics. In this issue: "Tunisia's Economic Challenges," "The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Future of Middle East Security," "The Ongoing Battle for Beirut: Old Dynamics and New Trends," and "Burning Oil to Keep Cool: The Hidden Energy Crisis in Saudi Arabia."

Updates on the Middle East, no. 216, January 10, 2012

 

Asher Susser was interviewed about the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, on the program London et Kirschenbaum, Channel 10, January 9, 2012. Click here to watch (in Hebrew, min. 37:34-44:00).

 

Tel Aviv Notes, vol. 6, no. 1, January 9, 2012

In "South Sudan, Six Months On" Irit Back, Research Fellow, examines the challenges the world's newest nation will be facing.

 

Diwaniyya, the Dayan Center Podcast: Christmas Special Part 4

In December 2011, Diwaniyya put on a Christmas Special, a series of short interviews on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians in the Holy Land. The Christmas Special is also part of our ongoing Minorities in the Middle East Series. The Christian minority in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is small but diverse and culturally rich. In this Diwaniyya Short, Rima Hajj, an Arab-Christian student at Tel Aviv University, tell us about Christmas in Nazareth, her home town, and about her experiences in Tel Aviv.

 

Middle East News Brief, January 5, 2012

In this issue: "Iran and the Saudi Shiites" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "A New Enemy for the Shia" in NOWLebanon (Beirut); "New 'Parallel Revolution' Against Corruption" in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Arab Monitors Pressed for Time in Syria" in Arab News (Riyadh); and more.

MENB No. 40, January 5, 2012

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, January 2012

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, principal research fellow, analyzes the power struggles in Egypt concerning the future government in "Egypt Adrift."

 

Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East, December 2011

Current Contents, the Moshe Dayan Center's bibliographical aid, quickly alerts scholars to the contents Middle East-related articles appearing in journals or other scholarly and general interest publications. The newest addition is now available:

CURRENT CONTENTS December 2011

 

OpenDemocracy.net, December 28, 2011

Rachel Kantz Feder, PhD candidate, discusses the events surrounding the US' official withdrawal from Iraq and the ensuing political crisis in an article for OpenDemocracy.net: "Iraq's Political Crisis and the Shadow of Sectarian Politics."

 

Diwaniyya, the Dayan Center Podcast: Christmas Special Part 3

This month, Diwaniyya is putting on a Christmas Special — a series of short interviews on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians in the Holy Land. The Christmas Special is also part of our ongoing Minorities in the Middle East Series. The Christian minority in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is small but diverse and culturally rich. In this Diwaniyya Short, Daphne Tsimhoni of the Technion in Haifa gives an overview of the modern history of Arab Christians in the Holy Land.

 

Middle East News Brief, December 29, 2011

In this issue: "On Bidding Farewell To A Historic Year" in Dar al Hayat (London); "An Islamist Talking to an Israeli!" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Christmas in Bethlehem Under Occupation" in The Jordan Times (Amman); and more.

MENB No. 39, December 29, 2011

 

Uzi Rabi was interviewed about Qatar's motives in supporting the Arab Spring, on the program London et Kirschenbaum, Channel 10, December 26, 2011. Click here to watch (in Hebrew, min. 7:57-12:30).

 

Diwaniyya, the Dayan Center Podcast: Christmas Special Part 2

This month, Diwaniyya is putting on a Christmas Special — a series of short interviews on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians in the Holy Land. The Christmas Special is also part of our ongoing Minorities in the Middle East Series. The Christian minority in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is small but diverse and culturally rich. In this Diwaniyya Short, we discuss the Arab-Israeli Christian identity crisis with Wadie Abunassar, founder and director of the International Center for Consultations, an Arab-Jewish think tank.

 

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak will be lecturing in "Thursday in the Campus", on Atatürk and Erdoğan: Islam's Impact on Turkish Nationalism. December 29, Gilman Building, Hall 282, at 8 p.m.

 

Tel Aviv Notes, vol. 5, no. 24, December 26, 2011

In "Women in the 'New Egypt': What's Next?", Alona Ferber, master's student in Middle Eastern and African History, examines the key issue of women's rights in the post-Mubarak era.

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No. 8, December 2011

A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue: "Egypt's Economy after the Elections," by Paul Rivlin.

IQTISADI No. 8 (English); No. 8 (Hebrew)

 

Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes, December 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, principal research fellow, examines "North Africa's Democratic Prospects" in an article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

 

Diwaniyya, the Dayan Center Podcast: Christmas Special

This month, Diwaniyya is putting on a Christmas Special — a series of short interviews on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians in the Holy Land. The Christmas Special is also part of our ongoing Minorities in the Middle East Series. The Christian minority in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is small but diverse and culturally rich. In this Diwaniyya Short, we spoke with David Mark Neuhaus, an Israeli Jesuit Catholic priest, about the various Christian communities in the Holy Land, their relationship to each other and to their denominational counterparts abroad, their religious lives, and their minority status.

 

Middle East News Brief, December 22, 2011

In this issue: "Extending the GCC's Scope and Action" in Arab News (Riyadh); "The Revolution Must Evolve" in Al-Ahram (Cairo); "Without Syria, Iran is Headless in Iraq" in Gulf News (Dubai); "Syria: A New Trick!" in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

MENB No. 38, December 22, 2011

 

Itamar Rabinovich was quoted in a New York Times article, "Finding Fault in the Palestinian Messages That Aren't So Public", December 20, 2011.

 

Uriya Shavit was interviewed about the rise of the Salafis in Egypt, on the program London et Kirschenbaum, Channel 10, December 19, 2011. Click here to watch (in hebrew, min. 19:50-26:00).

 

Azure Online, Autumn 2011 Issue

Uriya Shavit, Research Fellow, writes about "Islamotopia: The Muslim Brotherhood's Idea of Democracy" in Azure's latest issue.

Click here for the article.

 

Middle East News Brief, December 15, 2011

In this issue: "Gingrich Folly, Arab Apathy" in Arab News (Jeddah); "We're Civil Society, Hear Us Roar" in Al-Masry Al-Youm (Cairo); "'Ideal Family' of New Turkey" in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

MENB No. 37, December 15, 2011

 

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman participated in a panel on "The Arab Spring and the Fate of Middle East Minorities" for ASMEA, November 5, 2011. Click here for the video link.

 

Updates on the Middle East, December 12, 2011

Recent reports, proceedings, analyses and papers on the Middle East and Africa, Islam, and related topics. In this issue: "Child Marriage in Yemen," "Turkey in the New Middle East," "Yemen: Strategies for Change," "The Arab Spring: Implications for Policy," and "Israel: A Strategic Asset for the United States."

Updates on the Middle East, no. 214, December 12, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, vol. 5, no. 23, December 11, 2011

 Joel Daniel Parker examines "The Dilemma of Syria's Kurds" in the context of the Arab Spring uprising.

 

Middle East News Brief, December 8, 2011

In this issue: "Imagining the Arab Spring a Year Later," in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Do the Egyptian Salafists Believe in Democracy?" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Syria's Unique Relationship with Turkey," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 36, December 8, 2011

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, December 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, principal research fellow, analyzes Syria's role in the region and the Arab League's decision to suspend its membership in "Preparing for the Post-Assad Era."

 

Middle East News Brief, December 1, 2011

In this issue: "Sanctions Will Not Deter the Syrian Regime" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Kurds: A Proud People without a Nation" in Arab News (Jeddah); "Anti-Arab Laws in Israel" in Bitterlemons.org (Jerusalem); and more.

No. 35, December 1, 2011

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, November 2011

In this episode of Diwaniyya, guests Samir Ben-Layashi and Miri Shefer explore the world of the Hammam (Turkish Baths).

Listen to the podcast.

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No. 7, November 2011
A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue:
"The Transformation of Arab Transportation Infrastructure: Part One - Sea Ports," by Yizhak Gal.

IQTISADI No. 7 (English); No. 7 (Hebrew)

 

The Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2012

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, principal research fellow, takes a close look at events in North Africa in "Is Morocco Immune to Upheaval?" The Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2012.

 

Middle East News Brief, November 24, 2011

In this issue: "US-Egyptian Relations: Tantrums Will Happen" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Intervention without Responsibility" in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Turkey against Military Intervention in Syria" in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 34, November 24, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, November 24, 2011

In light of Morocco's November 25 elections, research fellow Daniel Zisenwine examines the monarchy's attempts at reform in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes: "Morocco's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections: Promoting a Top-Down 'Arab Spring'?"

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, November 2011

In "Shalit and the Region," principal research fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the Arab public and media reactions to the Israel-Hamas deal exchanging IDF soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners.

 

Middle East News Brief, November 17, 2011

In this issue: "Clown of the Iranian Circus" in Arab Times Online (Kuwait City); "American Perplexity Regarding Mideast Trends" in Arab News (Jeddah); "Al-Qaeda Returns to Egypt under Iranian Cover" in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

No. 33, November 17, 2011

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, November 2011

In the upcoming episode of Diwaniyya, guests Samir Ben-Layashi and Miri Shefer explore the world of the Hammam (Turkish Baths).

Listen to the teaser

 

Live Streaming Webcasts and Video

The Moshe Dayan Center is now filming many of its conferences, symposia, and lectures for live streaming and later home viewing. Find links for the event this evening in Coming Events and events of the previous weeks in the Event Archives.

 

Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East, October 2011

Current Contents, the Moshe Dayan Center's bibliographical aid, quickly alerts scholars to the contents Middle East-related articles appearing in journals or other scholarly and general interest publications. The newest addition is now available:

CURRENT CONTENTS October 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, November 10, 2011

Asher Susser argues that despite innovations in technology, tradition continues to dominate Arab societies in "Tradition and Modernity in the Arab Spring."

 

Middle East News Brief, November 10, 2011

In this issue: "Democracy Is Much More than Elections" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Hacking Palestine: A Digital Occupation" in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Muslim Brotherhood Didn't Understand Erdogan's Message" in Today's Zaman (Istanbul); and more.

No. 32, November 10, 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, November 3, 2011

In this issue: "West is hijacking Arab revolutions, benefitting Islamists" in Dar al Hayat (London); "Prisoners' Swap a Victory for Egypt" in Al Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Intimidating and Malicious" in The Jordan Times (Amman); and more.

No. 31, November 3, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes: Special Edition, November 2, 2011

In "Turkey and Iraq: Soft Power, Hard Power," Büşra Süpürgeci and İ. Eralp Semerci explore the Kurdish question in the context of Turkish-Iraqi relations.

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No. 6, October 2011
A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue:
"The Libyan Economy and Oil Prospects as the War Ends," by Paul Rivlin.

IQTISADI No. 6 (English); No. 6 (Hebrew)

 

Middle East News Brief, October 27, 2011

In this issue: "Handing over Iraq to Iran" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "League Initiative for Syria Will Not Fly" in Gulfnews.com (Dubai); "Israel Is Not the Best Example in This Case" in Hürriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 30, October 27, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, October 26, 2011

In "Educating Imams in Europe," Joyce van de Bildt, research assistant of the Moshe Dayan Center, discusses the assimilation and integration policies of Europe vis-a-vis imams who work with Muslim communities.

 

walla.co.il, October 21, 2011

Yehudit Ronen discusses the significance of former Libya leader Muammar Gadhafi's death in "The Lynching of Gadhafi -An Accumulation of Hatred" on walla.co.il.

 

Tel Aviv Notes, October 10, 2011

In "Social Media and Other Revolutions," research fellow Harel Chorev explains why social media was a tool in but not the cause of the Arab Spring uprisings.

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, October 2011

Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. In the final installment of our series on Palestinian nationalism and the UN route to statehood, guest expert Avi Issacharoff, Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper, joins us in a telephone interview to discuss the implications of the UN vote, with a focus on Fatah.

 

Tel Aviv Notes: Special Edition, October 6, 2011

In "The Spring of Palestinian Independence: Assessing the Bid for UN Recognition," Ephraim Lavie discusses how the Palestinian bid has progressed and speculates on the Palestinian Authority's and Israel's next moves in the face of a US veto.

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, October 2011

In "Arab Spectators," Bruce Maddy-Weitzman contrasts Palestinian excitement regarding the UN membership bid with Arab countries' more tepid responses and analyses the dynamics of Palestinian-Arab state relations.

 

Middle East News Brief, October 6, 2011

In this issue: "The Arab Spring in Lebanon," in Dar al Hayat (London); "Kill, and Reconciliation Will Occur," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "The Dilemma of Liberal Discourse in Egypt," in Al-Masry Al-Youm (Cairo); and more.

No. 29, October 6, 2011

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, October 2011

Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. In the fourth installment of our series on Palestinian nationalism and the UN route to statehood, Meir Litvak discusses the implications of the UN vote, with a focus on Hamas.

 

Tel Aviv Notes, September 26, 2011

In "Why Is Russia Standing by Syria?", Alex Khlebnikov, 2011 AMSITAU intern at the Center and doctoral candidate at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, examines Russia's policies towards the Middle East and its historic ally.

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, September 2011

Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. We bring you two shorts on Palestinian Nationalism and the UN Vote on Palestinian Statehood, featuring Asher Susser and Mahdi Abdul Hadi from PASSIA (Jerusalem). Listen to part one on History and Identity, and part two on the implication of the vote.

 

Middle East News Brief, September 22, 2011

In this issue: "The Brotherhood's Love for Erdogan," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Capitalizing on the Pains of Palestinians," in The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo); "Will Kardak Repeat Itself off Cyprus?" in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 28, September 22, 2011

 

Updates on the Middle East, September 20, 2011

Recent reports, proceedings, analyses and papers on the Middle East and Africa, Islam, and Related Issues. In this issue: "A Raid from the Sea: The Gaza Flotilla Security and the Attack from Sea," "Egypt in Transition," "On Europe's Fringes: Russia, Turkey and the EU," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm: Israel and Palestine after the UN."

Updates on the Middle East, September 20, 2011

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No. 5, September 2011
A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue: "The Palestinian UN Bid: Economy in Crisis
," by Yitzhak Gal, and "The Politics and Economics of the Arab Spring," by Paul Rivlin.

IQTISADI No. 5 (English); No. 5 (Hebrew)

 

Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East, August 2011

Current Contents, the Moshe Dayan Center's bibliographical aid, quickly alerts scholars to the contents Middle East-related articles appearing in journals or other scholarly and general interest publications. The newest addition is now available:

CURRENT CONTENTS, August 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, September 15, 2011

in this issue: "Gender at heart of new Moroccan constitution" in ArabNews.com (Riyadh); "Is the Al Qaeda decade over?" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "These pan-Arab leaders" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Relations with Israel and the Kurdish Question" in Hürriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No.27 September 15, 2011

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, September 2011

Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. Listen to a special installment for this month's episode on Palestinian Nationalism and the UN Vote on Palestinian Statehood, featuring an interview with Khalil Shikaki, a special guest from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, based in Ramallah.

 

Tel Aviv Notes, September 11, 2011

In "Islamism in Somalia," Teresa Harings outlines the situation that has brought the jihadi group Al-Shabab to power and discusses the group's possible relationship to Al-Qa'ida.

 

Middle East News Brief, September 8, 2011

In this issue: "The Military's Bubble Has Burst" in Asharq Alawsat  (London); "Old Strategies in a Renewing East" in Dar al Hayat (London); "Caution is Key When Dealing with the West" in Gulf News (Dubai); "Turkey, Israel: Quo Vadimus?" in Hürriyet  (Istanbul); and more.

No.26 September 8, 2011

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, September 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman explains the different factors and interests that are affecting Israeli-Egyptian relations in the recent months in "Handle with Care".

 

Tel Aviv Notes, Special Edition, September 4, 2011

In "Yemen Rivalries", Brian Albert explains the order of events that have brought the Hashid tribes to join forces with the opposition in a bid to bring down President Salih's regime, in the Yemenite version of the Arab Spring.

 

Pajamas Media, August 26, 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, sheds light on the Berbers of Libya and what a post-Gaddafi order may mean for them, in "Libya's Berbers: The New Factor in Post-Gaddafi Politics".

 

Middle East News Brief, August 25, 2011

In this issue: "Libya: Freedom is in the Air" in Al Jazeera (Doha); "Bashar Leave!" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "The Morning After Revolution" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "A Helping Hand for Somalia: in Today’s Zaman (Istanbul); and more.

No.25 August 25, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, August 24, 2011

Ephraim Lavie's  explores the challenges and hopes in the lead up to the PA-initiated UN vote for Palestinian Statehood UN-Bound: Palestinian Strategies and Dilemmas

 

Diwaniyya, the Moshe Dayan Center Podcast, August 2011

Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. listen in to our first episode on The Berbers of North Africa, featuring: Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Samir Ben Layashi and Daniel Zisenwine August 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, August 18, 2011

In this issue: "Turkey's Deadline for al-Assad" in Asharq Alawsat (London) ; "Mubarak’s Trial Between Justice and Revenge" in Dar al-Hayat (London); "Taking Palestine's Case to the UN" in Jordan Times (Amman); "Iran is Using the PKK to Trap Turkey" in Today's Zaman (Istanbul); and more.

No.24 August 18, 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, August 11, 2011

In this issue: "Syria:The King Stands With the People" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Taking a Chance on a Democratic Yemen" in Al Jazeera (Doha);"Ankara Must Lead the Pressure Against Damascus" in Hürriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No.23, August 11, 2011

 

thestar.com, August 9, 2011

Asher Susser discusses Israeli housing protests, their causes and possible consequences in "Israel's middle-class awakening" on thestar.com.

 

Tel Aviv Notes, August 10, 2011

Samir Ben-Layashi looks at the recent constitutional reforms in Morocco and their impact in the light of the Arab Spring in "Moroccan Reform: The Royal Will and Popular Protests".

 

International Review of Turkish Studies, Summer 2011

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak has published an article "Atatürk and Erdoğan: Islam's Impact on Turkish Nationalism" in the International Review of Turkish Studies.

 

INSS Strategic Assessment Journal, July 2011

Ephraim Lavie has published an article "A Palestinian State from Theory to Practice" (in Hebrew) in the INSS Strategic Assessment Journal, where he analyses the process of building the Palestinian state, the achievements of Salam Fayyad's policy, and the challenges ahead, with a special look at the upcoming UN vote in September.

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, August 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes Saudi-Arabia's role regarding the current upheavals in the Middle East in "Riyalpolitik."

 

New Book Release:

Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)  by Oded Haklai, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Queen's University in Canada and a recent visiting scholar at the Moshe Dayan Center. 

 

Middle East News Brief, August 4, 2011

In this issue:"The Real Situation Facing Women in Gaza" in Al Jazeera (Doha);"Syria:Closing Mosques and Launching Satellite Television" in Asharq Alawsat (London);"Military Climb Down: Is It Just for Democracy?" in Hürriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No.22, August 4, 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, July 28, 2011

In this issue:"The 'Christian' Jihadist!" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Egypt's Winter?" in The Daily Star (Beirut); "Plan B for Israel," in Hürriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 21, July 28, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, July 26, 2011

Shoshana Shmuluvitz discusses the decades-long activist movement against Saudi laws restricting women's rights in "The Saudi Women2Drive Campaign: Just Another Protest in the Arab Spring?"

 

Updates on the Middle East, July 25, 2011

In this issue: "Facts of Life: Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa," a report for the Population Reference Bureau; "The Challenge of Gaza: Policy  Options and Broader Implications," for The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings; and more.

Updates No. 211, July 25, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes: Special Edition, July 24, 2011

Ofra Bengio examines the different factors influencing Israeli-Turkish relations and possibilities for the future in "Upheavals in the Middle East: Cause for Rapprochement between Turkey and Israel?"

 

Middle East News Brief, July 21, 2011

In this issue: "Boycott the State, Not Just the Settlements," in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Arab Media Cannot Ignore the Truth about Libya's Blacks," in Gulf News (Dubai); "The Syrian Regime Wraps Itself in the Hezbollah Flag," in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

No. 20, July 21, 2011

 

DIWANIYYA: Dayan Center Podcast, Pilot episode, July 2011
Our new monthly online radio program, featuring discussions on Middle East culture, history and politics with Tel Aviv University experts. In this pilot episode Mira Tzoreff, Elisheva Machlis and Samir Ben Layashi discuss "Youth and New Media in the Middle East."

DIWANIYYA Pilot episode

For enlightening extras have a look at the Diwaniyya blog

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No. 4, July 2011
A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue: "Erdo
ğan's Election Victory and the Turkish Economy," by Paul Rivlin, and "Jordan: Economic Challenges and Strategic Ramifications," by Yitzhak Gal.

IQTISADI No. 4 (English); No. 4 (Hebrew)

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, August 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman investigates why there has been no massive popular uprising in Morocco in his most recent article, "Arab Spring, Moroccan Style."

 

Middle East News Brief, July 14, 2011

In this issue: "Palestinians Made to Pay the Price for Unity," in Arabnews.com (Riyadh); "For Syria, One of Three Likely Outcomes," in Daily Star (Beirut); "Business as Usual between Israel and Turkey," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 19, July 14, 2011

 

Tel Aviv Notes, July 10, 2011

In "Arab Reactions to Bin Ladin's Demise," Esther Webman analyzes a variety Arab responses to Bin Ladin's death -- from Bin Ladin's strongest supporters to those who believe that along with the "Arab Spring," it offers a chance for a new and better future for the region.

 

Middle East News Brief, July 7, 2011

In this issue: "What Happened to the Nationalist Agenda?" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Bahrain at the Crossroads," in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "Model Democracy for Sale," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

News Brief No.18, July 7, 2011

 

Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East, June 2011

Current Contents, the Moshe Dayan Center's bibliographical aid, quickly alerts scholars to the contents Middle East-related articles appearing in journals or other scholarly and general interest publications.

Current Contents, June 2011

 

Opendemocracy.net, July 1, 2011

Rachel Kantz Feder has published an article, "Obstacles to Iranian Influence in Iraq: Shi'i leaders' pattern of oscillation and Turkey's increasing footprint," on Opendemocracy.net.

 

New Book Release:

The Global Impact of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A Century-Old Myth (Routledge, 2011), edited by Dr. Esther Webman, senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center.

 

A New Moshe Dayan Center Book Publication:

Tribalism, Factionalism and Nationality in Iraq, 1920-1958, by Dr. Eli Amerilio (in Hebrew)

 

Middle East News Brief, June 30, 2011

In this issue: "US Foreign Policy Invigorated at the Expense of Gaza," in Arabnews.com (Riyadh); "Egypt's Civic State," in Al Ahram (Cairo); "The Differences between Ahmadinejad and Erdogan," in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

News Brief No.17, June 30, 2011

 

Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman looks at Tunisia's democratic transition since the January overthrow of President Ben Ali in "Tunisia's Morning After: Middle Eastern Upheavals."

 

Tel Aviv Notes: Special Edition, June 27, 2011

In light of the Kurdish "Peace and Democracy" Party's success in the June elections, Ofra Bengio discusses what she terms the most serious challenge confronting Turkish state and society today: "'The Limping Giant': Turkey and the Kurdish Question."

 

Tel Aviv Notes, June 26, 2011

In "Turkey's Elections: Erdoğan's Partial Mandate," Duygu Atlas analyzes Turkey's June 12th election results and notes what they reveal about Turkish public opinion.

 

Middle East News Brief, June 23, 2011

In this issue: "The Libyan Predicament," in Dar al-Hayat (London); "An Apology to Our People in Syria," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Why the Mavi Marmara Pulled Out," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

News Brief No. 16, June 23, 2011

 

Middle East News Brief, June 16, 2011

In this issue: "Lonely Hezbollah," in the Daily Star (Beirut); "Did Egypt Really Open the Rafah Crossing?" in Arabnews.com (Jeddah); "Erdogan's Road to the Presidency," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

News Brief No. 15, June 16, 2011

 

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No.3, June 2011
A monthly publication dealing with the Middle Eastern economy. In this issue: "The Socio-Economic Crisis in Syria," by Paul Rivlin, and "The Gates of Gaza and the Economic Power of Hamas," by Yitzhak Gal.

IQTISADI No. 3 (English); No. 3 (Hebrew)

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, July 2011

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's most recent report on the Middle East: "Summertime and the Livin' Ain't Easy."

 

Book Review

In "Exploring Berbers," Bruce Maddy-Weitzman reviews the book Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghreb, edited by Katherine E. Hoffman and Susan Gilson Miller, for H-Net Reviews, June 2011.

 

Middle East News Brief, June 9, 2011

In this issue: "Betraying Old Friends Again," in The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo); "'Hamza al-Khateeb' the Face of the Syrian Dawn," in Arab Times (Kuwait City); "The Vote of a Shepherd Should Not Be as Valuable as Mine," in Today's Zaman (Istanbul); and more.

No.14, June 9, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, June 9, 2011

 In "What's the Deal with al-Jazeera?" Uriya Shavit analyzes the Qatari-based Arab news network's coverage of the Arab Spring.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES: Special Edition, June 6, 2011

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak discusses Turkey's upcoming elections in "Turkey Decides: Creeping Putinization?"

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 13

In this issue: "Are Palestinian Children Less Worthy?" in Al-Jazeera (Doha); "The Issue of Women Driving Returns!" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Arab Revolutions Can Only Be Poisoned By Revenge," in The Daily Star (Beirut); and more.

No.13, June 2, 2011

 

Ynet article, May 29, 2011

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Middle East News Brief: No. 12

In this issue:"Politics of Elections, Politics of Change," in Today's Zaman (Istanbul); "Will Saudi Women Drivers Make Nascar Nervous?" in Arabnews.com (Riyadh); "Tehran: Arab Spring Is Islamic Revolution Blossoming," in bitterlemons-international.org; and more.

No. 12, May 26, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, May 26, 2011

In "The Arab Spring and Sub-Saharan Africa," Irit Back posits that sub-Saharan experiments with democracy have made the region less susceptible to uprisings than the MENA region.

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 11

In this issue:"The President Wants to Topple the Supreme Leader," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Human Rights Issues in Saudi Arabia," in Arabnews.com (Riyadh); "The Nakba: Blood and Tears," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 11, May 19, 2011

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, June 2011

 Bruce Maddy-Weitzman reflects on Syria's political history and its current unrest in "Syria's Stormy Spring."

 

"The Gulf States - Between Iran and the West"

A conference in memory of Joseph Kostiner (z"l), co-sponsored by The Moshe Dayan Center and INSS, will be held on May 31st at 16:00, in the INSS's conference hall, 40 Haim Levanon St', Tel-Aviv.

IQTISADI: Middle East Economy, Vol. 1, No.2, May 2011
A new English Edition of Iqtisadi - A monthly publication dealing with the middle eastern economy.
Vol. 1, No.2, May 2011

Bustan: The Middle East Book Review

A new bi-annual publication co-edited by Itamar Rabinovich and Eyal Zisser, Bustan ("orchard" in Turkish, Arabic, Persian and Hebrew) contains article-length comparative reviews, short essays, and traditional brief reviews related to the Middle East and Islamic Studies. Click here for a preview of Vol. 2, No. 1, Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's review, "Looking Back: Arab Politics During the Formative Years."

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 10

In this issue: "Supporting Assad's Regime," in Al-Arabiya (Dubai); "Pragmatism between Hamas and Syria," in Al-Hayat (Beirut); "The Kemalist Sympathizers of Bin Laden" in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 10, May 12, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, May 11, 2011

In "Polling Post-Mubarak Egypt," Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the results of a recent poll of the Egyptian public, which suggest continued optimism and a high value placed on democracy.

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 9

In this issue: "The Siege of Daraa," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Victory for Justice!" in ArabNews.com (Riyadh); "Yemen Falling," in Yemen Times (Sana'a); "Wanton Iconoclasm or a Sample of Nationalist Rhetoric?" in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No. 9, May 5, 2011

 

Media Update

In August 2010, research fellow Ofra Bengio was interviewed along with the chairman of IHH, the foundation that organized the May 2010 aid flotilla to Gaza, for Turkish magazine Ekopolitik-gündem regarding Turkish-Israeli relations. Click here for the original article (in Turkish) and here for an English summary.

 

Book Review: Muslim Attitudes to Jews and Israel (2010)

Please click here to read a recent book review of Muslim Attitudes to Jews and Israel: The Ambivalence of Rejection, Antagonism, Tolerance and Cooperation, edited by Moshe Ma'oz (Sussex 2010), which highlights contributions to the volume, including several essays authored by Dayan Center research fellows:  Ofra Bengio, Joseph Kostiner (z''l),  Esther Webman, Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, and Samir Ben-Layashi.

 

Book Release: The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States (2011)

Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's most recent book, The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States, was just released by the University of Texas Press. Please click the link for a synopsis.

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen wrote on op-ed piece for Ynet on "Libya's Dynamic Stalemate,"  April 20, 2011.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, April 26, 2011

In "The 'Nakba Law' and Palestinian Nationalism in Israel," Oded Haklai discusses Israeli legislation that curbs growing expressions of Palestinian Nationalism within Israel. 

 

"Mideast Monitor," The Jerusalem Report, May 2011

In "The Arab Spring of Discontent," Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses the consequences of the wave of protests sweeping the Middle East.

 

Iqtisadi, Economy in the Middle East, Issue No. 1

The Moshe Dayan Center has launched a monthly publication to expand its coverage of economic issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Iqtisadi ("economics" in Arabic) will offer several short, in-depth analyses of aspects of political economy and business in the region. The current issue, containing analyses by Paul Rivlin and Yitzhak Gal, is in Hebrew only, but later issues will be offered in English as well.

Iqtisadi, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2011

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 8

In this issue: "The Wilting of the Arab Spring," in al-Hayat (Beirut); "Sarkozy Has Struck at the Heart of Europe's Liberty," in The National (Abu Dhabi); "Turkey's Libya Dilemma Grows," in Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No.8, April 14, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, April 10, 2011

In "The State of the Syrian Opposition," Joel Daniel Parker discusses the Syrian regime's methods of controlling opposition over the last three decades.

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 7

In this issue: "Mr. Obama: Give the Yemeni People a Chance!" in Yemen Times (Sanaa); "Too Little, Much Too Late," in NOW Lebanon (Beirut); "Obama at War: A Study in Ambiguity," in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

No.7, April 7, 2011

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 6

In this issue: "The Despot of Khartoum and the Velvet Curtain" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Palestine and the Power of Civil Society" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "Syria: No Turning Back" in Dar Al-Hayat (London), and more.

No.6, March 30, 2011

 

The Jerusalem Report, February 2011

In "Turmoil in the Middle East," Asher Susser discusses unresolved problems in MENA's socio-economic development and Israel's position in the face of rapid changes in the region.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, Special Edition No. 6, March 30, 2011

In "Behind the Tensions in Syria: The Socio-Economic Dimension," Paul Rivlin demonstrates that Syria's economic problems are as polarizing as its ethnic tensions.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, March 27, 2011

Research Fellow Daniel Zisenwine on Tunisia's efforts to restore stability in "Tunisia's 'Jasmine Revolution,' Act II."

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 5

In this issue: "We're Not That Different After All" in Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo); "A Democratic Mediterranean" in Daily Star (Beirut); "What Does Iran Want from Bahrain?" in Asharq Alawsat (London); and more.

No.5, March 23, 2011

 

"Mideast Monitor," THE JERUSALEM REPORT, April 2011

Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses the geo-political implications of the "Arab Spring" in "Power to the People? Not So Fast."

 

The Times Live (Johannesburg), March 13, 2011

Senior Research Fellow Asher Susser ponders the states that will emerge in the wake of North Africa's popular uprisings in "A New Order in the Middle East."

 

Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2011

In "Morocco's Berbers and Israel," Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines Moroccan Berber activists' interest in Jewish history.

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 4

In this issue: "Helping Bahrain" in Arab News (Riyadh); "Is Saleh going to announce a state of emergency?" in Yemen Times (Sanaa); "The Other Turkish Model" Hurriyet (Istanbul); and more.

No.4, March 17, 2011

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen was quoted in two articles, Masress and Al-Dastur on on February 22, 2011 (in Arabic).

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, Special Edition No. 5, March 16, 2011

In "High Oil Prices and the Middle East Strategic Balance," Paul Rivlin examines the reasons for rising oil prices and asks whether the US and other countries should reduce oil consumption.

 

Media Update

Research Fellow Mira Tzoreff was interviewed about Egypt's failure to produce a middle class on London and Kirschenbaum, March 15, 2011 (in Hebrew). Scroll ahead to minute 17.

 

Mira Tzoreff was also quoted in an article on Ynet.com regarding the role of women in Arab revolutions, March 11, 2011 (in Hebrew).

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, Special Edition No. 4, March 13, 2011

Senior Research Fellow Paul Rivlin analyzes "The Oil Food Price Spiral in the Middle East."

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 3

In this issue: "Revolutionary Youth" in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Empowering Women: The Biggest Challenge," in Arabnews.com (Riyadh); "Anti-Sectarianism Shows a New Way," in Daily Star (Beirut), and more.

No.3, March 10, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, March 10, 2011

Research Fellow Ephraim Lavie on the influence of the revolutions in the Arab world on the Palestinian public in the West Bank in "The End of Quiet for the Palestinian Authority?"

 

Media Update

Researcher Yitzhak Gal was interviewed about Egyptian-Israeli economic relations on Army Radio âìé öä"ì, March 7 2011 (in Hebrew).

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen was interviewed about the situation in Libya on London and Kirschenbaum, March 7, 2011 (in Hebrew).

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, Special Edition No. 3, March 8, 2011

Research Assistant Heidi Basch takes a look at Women of the Middle East: The Jihad Within" in a special edition for International Women's Day.

 

Media Update

Researcher Samir Ben-Layashi was interviewed about the impact of the Arab revolution on the Maghreb on the Channel 1 program "îäéåí ìîçø", March 6 2011 (in Hebrew).

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen was interviewed on Erev Chadash, March 6, 2011 (in Hebrew).

 

Media Update

Director Uzi Rabi was interviewed about the situation in Libya and the "domino effect" of protests throughout the Middle East on Channel 10 News, March 4, 2011 (in Hebrew)

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 2

In this issue: "The Crisis of the Three Revolutions," in Asharq Alawsat (London); "Even a Corner Shop Needs a Manager," in Egyptian Gazette  (Cairo); "The Middle East Sees a Feminist Revolution," in Gulf Times (Doha), and more.

No.02, March 3, 2011

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, February 27, 2011

Junior Researcher Rachel Kantz Feder looks at the "Egypt effect" through the prism of Iraq in "Iraq's Day of Anger: Democracy for Arabs, Electricity for Iraq."

 

Middle East News Brief: No. 1

Similar to "Middle East News and Views," this digest of articles will provide you with a range of articles from all over the region. Each issue will include five articles from the Arabic press, and the remaining three will come from Turkish, Persian, or African sources.

 

In this issue: "A Futile, Deadly, and Costly Effort to Challenge the People's Will," in Yemen Times; "Qaddafi's Regime Is Suddenly under Threat," in ArabNews.com; "Iran, Syria, and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood," in Asharq Alawsat, and more.

No.01, February 24, 2011

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen was quoted in the Jerusalem Post, "Gaddafi keeps grip on capital as revolt spreads," Feb. 24, 2011

 

"Mideast Monitor," THE JERUSALEM REPORT, March 2011

In "Arab Societies Strike Back," Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman juxtaposes Tunisia's and Egypt's situations with those of other Arab states experiencing unrest in order to evaluate the potential for regimes in Yemen, Libya and elsewhere to topple.

 

Media Update

Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen was interviewed about the situation in Libya on London and Kirschenbaum, Feb. 21, 2011 (in Hebrew). Click ahead to minute 16:30.

 

Moshe Dayan Center Publications:

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent Islamic thinker, has returned to Cairo after thirty years of exile, raising speculation of the implications and significance of this controversial figure's role in Egypt's future. We offer here access to an excerpt from Samuel Helfont's monograph, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi: Islam and Modernity (2009), a Moshe Dayan Center publication -- the most in-depth English-language study of al-Qaradawi to date. For ordering information, please see Publications.

 

Research Fellow Uriya Shavit has won a research grant from the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research for his proposal, "Israel as a Role Model in Arab Oppositionist Discourses: The Other Face of the 'Significant Other.'"

 

Middle East News & Views: 93. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include "The False Anxiety of Influence" in Al-Jazeera English; "The Future of the Israel-Egypt Treaty" in Gulf News; "What Can the Lebanese Learn from the Egyptians?" in NOW Lebanon; and more.

No.092, February 17, 2011

 

Monday, February 14, 2011 at 18:00

Bar-Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv

The Moshe Dayan Center invites you to attend a Symposium (in Hebrew) entitled The Jasmine Revolution, the Lotus Revolution, and the "Domino Effect" in the Arab World. Participants: Prof. Shimon Shamir, Dr. Mira Tzoreff, and Prof. Uzi Rabi.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, February 10, 2011

Senior Research Fellow Paul Rivlin analyzes Egypt's economic grievances in "The Uprising in Egypt: Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment."

 

Middle East News & Views: 92. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include "After Egypt's Political Earthquake" in Asharq Al-Awsat (London); "Politics at Play in Egypt" in Jordan Times (Amman); "Egypt's Trove of Potential Leaders" in Al-Jazeera (Doha); and more.

No. 92, February 10, 2011

 

Maghreb-Machrek No. 205, Autumn 2010

Director Uzi Rabi has an article on the British presence in the Gulf in the French journal Maghreb-Machrek: "La présence britannique dans le Golfe" (in French).

 

"This Side of the Pond," Blog of the Cambridge University Press, February 1, 2011

In "The Israeli Economy: Hi-tech, Gas, Dutch Disease, and More," Research Fellow Paul Rivlin discusses the extremes that characterize the Israeli economy.

 

Middle East News & Views: 91. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include "The Egyptian Lesson...The State Is Prestigious" in Asharq Al-Awsat (London); "The Tunisian Impact on North Africa" in bitterlemons-international.org; "Turkey Caught Unprepared over Events in Egypt" in Hürriyet Daily News (Istanbul); and more.

No.091, February 3, 2011.

 

"Mideast Monitor," THE JERUSALEM REPORT, February 14, 2011

In "The Arab Order Undermined," Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman takes stock of the unrest in Lebanon, Sudan, and Tunisia, and discusses Arab states' fears of continued popular protest.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, January 26, 2011

Prof. Uzi Rabi, Director of the Moshe Dayan Center, explains why al-Qa'ida considers Yemen an attractive area from which to launch its activities in "Al-Qa'ida and Yemen: the 'Return Home.'"

 

Middle East News & Views: 90. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include "Palestinians and the UN" in Khaleej Times (Dubai); "What's Next for Lebanon?" in NOW Lebanon (Beirut); "How Would Gandhi Solve the Kurdish Issue?" in Today's Zaman (Istanbul); and more.

No.090, January 26, 2011

 

Middle East News & Views: 89. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include T. Alhomayed, "Tunisia: Was It a Revolution?," in Asharq Al-Awsat; A. Safty, "The Return of the Kissinger Model," in Gulf News (Dubai); R. Khouri, "Three Arab Models Are Worth Watching" in The Daily Star (Beirut); and more.

 No.089, January 20, 2011

 

Foreign Policy Research Institute, January 2011

In "Tunisia: Exemplar or Exception?", Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses Tunisia's political past, its possible future, and the implications of the "Jasmine Revolution" for its North African neighbors and the Arab world.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES: Special Edition, January 13, 2011

Research Fellow Daniel Zisenwine examines the significance of rare anti-government public protest in "Tunisia's 'Unemployed Uprising' and the Prospects for Political Change."

 

Middle East News & Views: 88. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include D. Kuttab, "Peace, not Process," in Maan News Agency (Bethlehem); G. Karmi, "Just Arab Wishful Thinking?," in bitterlemons; H. Ibish, "Stop Assuming Christians are the Enemy," in NOW Lebanon (Beirut); and more. No.088, January 13, 2011

 

 

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The Moshe Dayan Center is pleased to present a Hebrew-language article series, "Crossroads of the Middle East," edited by Ofra Bengio and Harel Chorev and available on the Hebrew version of the website here and above.

TEL AVIV NOTES, January 10, 2011

In recent months, analysts have crowned Iran the "real" victor of Iraq's March 2010 parliamentary elections. In "Who Won Iraq's Elections?" Rachel Kantz Feder explains that the winners are yet to be determined.

 

Middle East News & Views: 87. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week include Rami G. Khouri, "62 Years on, Peace is not Impossible," in Jordan Times (Amman); Adel Safty, "Defining Moment for Obama," in Gulf News (Dubai); Husein Ibish, "The Pros and Cons of Recognizing Palestine," in Now Lebanon (Beirut), and more.

No.087, January 6, 2011.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES: Special Edition, January 3, 2011

As the January 9th referendum on southern secession in Sudan approaches, Senior Research Fellow Yehudit Ronen details the political and social problems that have led to this precarious situation: "Sudan's 55th Anniversary: No Reason to Celebrate."

 

"Mideast Monitor," THE JERUSALEM REPORT, January 17, 2011

In "The Egyptian Dilemma," Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman takes a look at Egypt's recent parliamentary elections and examines the dilemmas that authoritarian regimes face as they seek to manage competing pressures.

 

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week come from Gulf News (Dubai), The Daily Star (Beirut), Asharq Alawsat (London), Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo), Common Ground (Washington) and Jordan Times (Amman).

No.086, December 30, 2010.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, December 26, 2010

In "A Kurdish Call for Self-Determination: Crossing the Rubicon?" Research Fellow Ofra Bengio discusses the regional repercussions and ramifications of Mas'ud Barzani's call for Kurdish self-determination at the December 2010 session of the Kurdish Democratic Party.

 

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. Selections this week come from Asharq Alawsat (London), Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo), Jordan Times (Amman), Project Syndicate (Prague), Rudaw (Erbil), and Today's Zaman (Istanbul).

No.085, December 23, 2010.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES: Special Edition, December 20, 2010

Egypt's elections in June and November of 2010 put its democratic legitimacy to the test. In "De-Democratizing Egyptian Elections," a Special Edition of TEL AVIV NOTES, Research Fellow Mira Tzoreff explains what the outcome of those elections tell us about Egypt's ruling elite and its opposition political movements.

 

Haaretz, December 2010

In a review of Jerold Kessel's Goals for Galilee: The Triumphs and Traumas of the Sons of Sakhnin, Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses how the tribulations of an Israeli Arab soccer team reflect the challenges and dreams of Israel's Arab minority.

 

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.084, December 16, 2010.

 

TEL AVIV NOTES, December 9, 2010

American diplomatic accounts of conversations with various Arab leaders, released this past week by WikiLeaks, draw a stark outline of the new geopolitical situation in the Middle East. In the latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES, Prof. Uzi Rabi, Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, analyzes the WikiLeaks documents, explaining that they depict the Middle East as a region at a strategic and diplomatic crossroads.

 

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.083, December 9, 2010.

 

"Mideast Monitor," THE JERUSALEM REPORT, December 20, 2010

This year's holiday celebrations belie the air of general apprehension across the Middle East. In his monthly "Mideast Monitor" column, published in THE JERUSALEM REPORT, Senior Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman explains the reasons for this angst, which include leadership succession issues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, a potentially nuclear Iran, and the "failed states" of the Arab League.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.082, December 2, 2010.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.081, November 25, 2010.

November 22, 2010

Esther Webman has edited a new eBook published on our website, Regime and Opposition in the Middle East (in Hebrew only).

November 22, 2010
Widespread apprehension preceded Iranian President Ahmadinejad's recent high-profile state visit to Lebanon. Although the visit passed without incident and essentially changed nothing, it was nonetheless extremely significant. In the latest issue of THE JERUSALEM REPORT, Bruce Maddy-Weitzman explains how the visit served to highlight the current strategic landscape in the region, the state of the Arab system, and the balance of forces within always-vulnerable Lebanon.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.080, November 18, 2010.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.079, November 11, 2010.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.078, November 4, 2010.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.077, October 28, 2010.

October 25, 2010
Two-thirds of the nearly 300 million persons populating Arab League member states are under the age of 30, and many are eager, opinionated participants in the free-wheeling information superhighway. However, given the resilience of authoritarian governments and their dominance over their societies, Arab public opinion is considered by policy makers to be of secondary importance, rendering the mythical "Arab street" just that. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses Arab public opinion in his monthly "Mideast Monitor" column, published in THE JERUSALEM REPORT.

TEL AVIV NOTES, October 21, 2010
The September 12, 2010 referendum reinforced the AKP (Justice and Development Party)'s hegemony over the Turkish political system. In this edition of TEL AVIV NOTES, Tel Aviv University doctoral candidate Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak discusses the implications of the new Turkish National Security Document, also known as the Red Book, explaining how the document signifies a growing post-Kemalist, neo-Ottoman trend in the policies and outlook of the AKP government.

Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.076, October 21, 2010.

October 14, 2010
In an interview with the JERUSALEM POST Elie Rekhess, Moshe Dayan Center Research Fellow, discusses that in terms of Arab society, the events of October 2000 were the "Big Bang" for the Arab community in Israel, and, that, the riots and the deaths brought about a paradigm shift among the Arab intellectual and political elites, leading them to search for alternative models for their relationship with the Jewish majority in Israel.


Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.075, October 14, 2010.

October 10, 2010
Uzi Rabi speaks with Argentinian newspaper CLARIN on the tensions between religious and secular segments of Middle Eastern societies as the central conflict plaguing the region.

October 7, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.074, October 7, 2010.

Actuel, September 18-24, 2010
Bruce Maddy-Weitzman speaks with the Moroccan weekly magazine Actuel about the Amazigh movement, the accusation that Israel is attempting to use it to penetrate Morocco, and what role the Maghreb countries have in Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.  (En)

TEL AVIV NOTES, October 3, 2010
The 2003 invasion of Iraq set off an explosion of sectarian violence, causing millions to flee from their homes. Iraqi Christians have been particularly vulnerable to violent attacks, as well as to disenfranchisement and divestment of their political rights. Dayan Center Research Intern Vladimir Troyansky explores the changing social and political status of Iraqi Christians from Saddam Hussein’s presidency through the present in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

September - October, 2010
With the resumption of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Senior Fellow Joshua Teitelbaum takes a look at the history behind Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, in this analysis from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
Joshua Teitelbaum, "Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People: From the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Netanyahu-Abbas Talks."
 

September 17, 2010
With the end of formal US combat operations and the drawing down of its forces, Iraq is clearly entering a new and uncertain phase. A mix of internal and regional geopolitical factors promise to produce a bewildering and volatile brew, one which bears more than a passing resemblance to Lebanon. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses the subject in his monthly "Mideast Monitor" column, published in THE JERUSALEM REPORT.

September 16, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.073, September 16, 2010.

TEL AVIV NOTES, September 12, 2010
Saudi Arabia is actually a society in transition. In particular, the subject of women’s rights is moving front and center. Center Senior Fellow Joshua Teitelbaum analyzes the debates over the status of Saudi women in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

September 2, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.072, September 2, 2010.

August 21, 2010
Saudi Arabia is the leader of the Sunni Islamic world, yet few know that it has a significant Shiite population who live in its oil-rich Eastern Province. While the Shiites themselves are divided on the role of Iran in the region, Tehran has an history of intervention in Gulf Shiite populations. In this article in the journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, Senior Fellow Joshua Teitelbaum examines the complex history of Saudi Shiites.

August 19, 2010
On September 12, 2010 Turkish voters will go to the polls to confer or reject government-sponsored "revolutionary constitutional changes". These proposed changes mark the clear desire by the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalk nma Partisi; AKP) to extend and consolidate its influence in various spheres of Turkish institutional life, particularly the judiciary. Dayan Center Researcher Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak analyzes the matter in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 19, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.071, August 19, 2010.

August 19, 2010
Syria's Kurds, although constituting between 8 and 15 percent of the population of 22 million, were long ignored by the international community and thus remained a “silent minority” within a state whose governing ideology had always been Arab nationalism. However, their anonymity appears to be over, as recent domestic and regional developments have focused the spotlight on this long-deprived community. Dayan Center Research Intern Vladimir Troyansky and Senior Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio shed light on the subject in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 12, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.070, August 12, 2010.

August 30, 2010
Throughout the summer, the possibility of renewed Israeli-Hizballah conflict has been the subject of much speculation. More recently, reports that Hizballah operatives were to be charged by international investigators with the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al--Hariri heightened the prospects of Lebanese inter-communal violence and sent the Syrian president and Saudi king scurrying to Beirut to calm the atmosphere. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman provides the background to these events in his latest "Mideast Monitor" column for The Jerusalem Report.

August 5, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.069, August 5, 2010.

August 1, 2010
The question of how Muslim communities should practice religion in non-Muslim countries within the confines and constrains of their belonging to the umma has attracted the attention of many Muslims, dividing them broadly into moderate, conservative and extremist camps. The headscarf (hijab) controversy in France provides a cogent illustration of these reactions. Ran A. Levy, a graduate student at Tel Aviv University's School of Historical Studies, examines the subject in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

July 29, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.068, July 29, 2010.

July 22, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.067, July 22, 2010.

July 15, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.066, July 15, 2010.

August 2, 2010
Much has been written lately about the one ray of hope emanating from the troubled region - Palestinian Authority Prime MInister Salam Fayyad's state-building efforts in the West Bank. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman evaluates the situation in his latest "Mideast Monitor" column, published in THE JERUSALEM REPORT.

July 5, 2010
The Gaza flotilla episode not only brought Turkey into the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but placed Turkey at odds with Egypt. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the implications in his latest "Mideast Monitor" column in THE JERUSALEM REPORT.
 

June 27, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.065, June 17, 2010.

June 10, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.064, June 10, 2010.

June 8, 2010
The Turkish-Israeli crisis touched off by the Gaza flotilla episode encapsulates the evolution of the two countries' bilateral relations with one another in recent years. While the Turkish government has been slowly changing its strategy toward Israel by tilting more and more toward the Arab and Muslim worlds, Israel has helped push it further in that direction by a number of egregious tactical mistakes. Center Senior Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio analyzes the matter in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 7, 2010
These are heady times for Syria's President Bashar al-Asad. It seems that after nearly a decade marked by setbacks and politcal isolation, Syria now has numerous friends and can wield influence, a situation which also improves its strategic and diplomatic posture vis-à-vis Israel. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman looks at Syria's regional posture in his lates "Mideast Monitor" column for THE JERUSALEM REPORT.

May 27, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.063, May 27, 2010.

May 13, 2010
The Ergenekon Affair - series of indictments against former and active senior military and civilian leaders who allegedly plotted to overthrow the elected AKP pro-Islamic government by fomenting civil unrest, has rocked Turkish society and politics for months. Visiting Research Berna Uzun untangles the issues in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

May 13, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.062, May 13, 2010.

May 10, 2010
Once upon a time, Arab summit conferences were major events, whose outcomes had considerable influence on regional events. Nowadays, however, Arab summits are barely noticed. Nonetheless, the recent Arab summit conference hosted by Libya's Mu`ammar Qaddafi provides food for thought. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the subject in his latest "Mideast Monitor" column for "The Jerusalem Report."

May 6, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.061, May 6, 2010.

April 29, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.060, April 29, 2010.

April 22, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.059, April 22, 2010.

April 15, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.058, April 15, 2010.

April 8, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.057, April 8, 2010.

April 12, 2010
Husni Mubarak's recent illness and the entry into Egyptian political life of former IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei have placed the issue of presidential succession onto the Egyptian public stage. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses the matter in his latest "Mideast Monitor" column in The Jerusalem Report.

March 25, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.056, March 25, 2010.

March 15, 2010
Once remote from the main currents of Middle Eastern affairs, Yemen is now the scene of a vortex of conflicts drive by religious, ethnic and social divisions, with potentially profound implications for the region. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the situation in his latest "Mideast Monitor" appearing in THE JERUSALEM REPORT.

March 11, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.055, March 11, 2010.

March 4, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.054, March 4, 2010.

February 26, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.053, February 26, 2010.

February 19, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.052, February 19, 2010.

February 12, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.051, February 12, 2010.

February 9, 2010
Six years ago, Libyan leader Mu`ammar al-Qaddafi abandoned his country's clandestine nuclear weapons program. Now he appears to be having second thoughts. Center Senior Fellow Yehudit Ronen analyzes Qaddafi's thinking on the the subject in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

February 7, 2010
The recent election of a new leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood provides a window into the actions and views of Egypt's oldest and strongest opposition movement. Tel Aviv University post-doctoral fellow Liad Porat analyzes the challenges facing the organization in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

February 5, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.050, February 5, 2010.

February 15, 2010
Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the latest Syrian-Saudi thaw against the background of continued Arab fragmentation and the absence of a traditionally important Egyptian-Saudi-Syrian triangular alliance in the face of Iran's increasing power projection, in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

January 31, 2010
Participating last October in "Limmud Istanbul", Center Senior Fellow Ofra Bengio discovered an impressive display of communal strength and solidarity among Turkey's small Jewish population. It is they, she writes, who have the most to lose from the souring relations between the two states, and she describes the growing discrimination that Turkish Jews are experiencing, which is driving many to consider leaving the country. The link to the article, published in "Ha'aretz", on January 29, 2010, follows below.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1146151.html

January 28, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.049, January 28, 2010.

January 26, 2010
The recent Swiss referendum endorsing a ban on the construction of minarets, triggered strong responses among Arab and Muslim commentators and officials. Center Senior Fellow Esther Webman analyzes the variety of reactions and ensuing debate in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 25, 2010
Over the last year, the Palestinian economy in the West Bank has improved significantly, thanks primarily to the stewardship of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin analyzes these developments and possible implications in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 21, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.048, January 21, 2010.

January 14, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.047, January 14, 2010.

January 12, 2010
As the peace process shows signs of revival, Palestinian divisions have deepened. The Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, have developed a two-pronged strategy towards matters which holds out greater promise for success than past Palestinian efforts. Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie examines developments in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 7, 2010
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.046, January 7, 2010.

January 5, 2010
The recent three-match shootout between Egypt and Algeria over a coveted spot in next summer's World Cup soccer tournament may well be remembered as having driven the last nail in the coffin of the idea and praxis of Arab nationalism. Center Fellow Mira Tzoreff examines the events from the perspective of Egyptian collective identity in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 18, 2010
Whether it's a football match between Algeria and Egypt, or a visit to Yad Vashem by a Moroccan Berber delegation, the politics of identity is a central feature of contemporary North African life. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman looks at both instances in the most recent issue of The Jerusalem Report.

December 31, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.045, December 31, 2009.

December 24, 2009
The Turkish government's decision to bar Israel from a NATO air force exercise in October provided stark indication that the Turkish-Israeli strategic alignment which emerged in the mid-1990s has been substantially weakened and has entered a new, more uncertain era. Berna Uzun, a visiting researcher at the Dayan Center from Marmara University in Istanbul analyzes the reasons behind the shift in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 24, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.044, December 24, 2009.

December 21, 2009
Iraq’s severe isolation prior to 2003 and the resulting lack of appropriate infrastructure, plus the country’s chaotic state of affairs since then, has left it behind other states in the region regarding the degree of Internet penetration and usage. At the same time, it appears that at least a portion of the Iraqi populace is hungry for access to the new media. Dr. Tal Pavel examines the current state of the Internet in Iraq in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 17, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.043, December 17, 2009.

December 7, 2009
The possibility of a renewal of Israeli-Syrian negotiations is again the subject of considerable media speculation, fueled by statements by leaders on both sides of the divide. Center Director Eyal Zisser examines the possibility of these speculations actually becoming reality in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 10, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.042, December 10, 2009.

December 9, 2009
On November 25, 2009, the government-owned Dubai World holding company, announced that it would ask its creditors to extend the maturity of its obligations to them, as it could not pay what it owed them on time. The announcement sent shock waves through the international financial system. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin provides the essential background to the possible end of the Dubai "miracle" in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 21, 2009
Recent days have seen the floating of an old-new idea: a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence (UDI), to encompass all of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, accompanied by a demarche to the UN Security Council asking for a resolution officially recognizing the new state. Dayan Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman provides the context in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

December 5, 2009
The arrangements, or lack therof, for an orderly, agreed-on leadership succession in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority raise questions regarding the future political stability in the region. Center Fellow Uriya Shavit examines the subject in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 3, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.041, December 2, 2009.

December 2, 2009
A new government has finally been formed in Lebanon, five months after the elections which returned the March 14 Camp of Sa`d al-Din al-Hariri to power. Center Director Professor Eyal Zisser analyzes this most recent round in the struggle to determine Lebanon's future in the latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 26, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.040, November 26, 2009.

November 19, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.039, November 19, 2009.

November 12, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.038, November 12, 2009.

November 23 2009
The continuing imbalance between ruling authorities and civil society in the Middle East, against the background of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, is the subject of Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's commentary, appearing in the most recent issue (November 23, 2009) of The Jerusalem Report.

November 8 2009
Center Fellow Daniel Zisenwine analyzes the current state of Tunisian politics, against the background of recently held presidential and parliamentary elections, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 5, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.037, November 5, 2009.

November 4 2009
Syria was among the last countries in the Middle East to introduce the Internet, and places severe restrictions on the content available to its citizens. Nonetheless, on-line networks are flourishing there, with some surprising results. Dr. Tal Pavel analyzes these developments in the latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

October 29, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.036, October 29, 2009.

October 22, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.035, October 22, 2009.

October 15, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.034, October 15, 2009.

October 26 2009
Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's analyzes Middle East regional dynamics, focusing on the "Big Three" - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

October 1, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.033, October 1, 2009.

September 24, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.032, September 24, 2009.

September 29, 2009
The latest Arab Human Development Report, written by a cross-section of Arab academicians, paints a sobering portrait of contemporary Arab social, economic and political realities. Dayan Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the report's contents, and the reactions to it, in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

September 17, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.031, September 17, 2009.

September 10, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.030, September 10, 2009.

September 3, 2009
Libyan leader Muammad al-Qadhafi, the Great Survivor of contemporary international politics, is currently marking the 40th anniversary of his seizure of power with 4 days of lavish celebrations. Center Senior Fellow Prof. Yehudit Ronen provides a retrospective analysis of Qadhafi's tumultuous time in power in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

September 3, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.029, September 3, 2009.

August 30, 2009
All over the Middle East, women are active on the Internet, writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and English, telling their personal stories, discussing societal matters and undertaking various initiatives to mobilize people on behalf of their various causes. The proliferation of “women’s space” and “women’s voices” on the Internet has clearly expanded the discourse regarding the need for social change in the region, with an eye to shattering the glass ceiling that hovers over women in order to insure them their fundamental rights. Dr. Tal Pavel provides a window into these activities in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 20, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.028, August 20, 2009.

August 17, 2009
The Kurdish issue in Turkey, long a matter which has bedeviled the Turkish state, has now reached a boiling point. There are three prominent actors to the drama, each with it own particular world view and preferred outcome. Given the polarization on the issue, a solution does not appear to be in reach. Visiting Dayan Center researcher Egemen Başar Bezci analyzes the various forces at work in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 13, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.027, August 13, 2009.

August 10, 2009
Recent statements by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seemed to indicate New Delhi's desire to resume its comprehensive dialogue with Islamabad, which was suspended in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008. However Pakistani realities do not easily square with the Indian Prime Minister’s noble intentions for a dialogue. Former Visiting Center Fellow Jagdish N. Singh examines the situation in Pakistan in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 6, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.026, August 6, 2009.

July 30, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.025, July 30, 2009.

July 26, 2009
The massive, sustained protests in Iran this past month against the regime’s apparent falsification of the presidential election results was enabled by widespread employment of new communication technologies. Among them is Twitter, the micro-blog which enables its users to distribute short messages of no more than 140 characters ('Tweets') via the Internet, including by way of cellular phones. Dr. Tal Pavel discusses the Twitter phenomenon in the Middle East in the latest version of Tel Aviv Notes.

July 23, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.024, July 23, 2009.

August 3, 2009
Contrary to expectations, the recent Lebanese elections did not produce a victory for the Hizballah-led camp, but rather for the pro-Western March 8 coalition. Lebanese political groupings are now engaged in an intricate process of negotiation and dialogue in an attempt to form a new government. Thanks to the election results and concurrent regional developments, the prospects for an extended political truce between its quarreling factions appears greater than at any time in recent years. Senior Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the Lebanese scene in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

July 19, 2009
On June 25, when 2.5m eligible voters choose the president and parliament for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in northern Iraq, marking another step in the distancing of Iraqi Kurdistan from the central authorities in Baghdad. Center Senior Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio and Sherko Kirmanj, a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia, examine the political dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

July 16, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.023, July 16, 2009.

July 9, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.022, July 9, 2009.

July 2, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.021, July 2, 2009.

June 10, 2009
The current Hamas-Fatah dialogue, sponsored by Egypt and designed as a key element to breaking the Arab-Israeli diplomatic stalemate, is fraught with obstacles. Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie analyzes the respective positions of Hamas and Fatah, against the background of Fatah's decline, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 25, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.020, June 25, 2009.

July 6, 2009
The central events in the Middle East “street” in recent weeks were the extraordinary US Presidential visit to Cairo, and two closely watched and highly contested elections, in Lebanon and Iran. The impact of these developments on the overall contours of Middle East politics, whether domestic or regional, remains to be seen. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman comments in the latest edition of The Jerusalem Report.

June 18, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.019, June 18, 2009.

June 11, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.018, June 11, 2009.

June 10, 2009
While the recent Lebanese and Iranian elections captured most of the world's attention, Kuwait held its own parliamentary elections in mid-May. It was the third time in three years that voters had gone to the polls, indicating considerable political instability, although not posing a threat to the ruling regime. The big surprise in the latest elections internationally and domestically alike was the first-ever election of four women to the fifty-member parliament. Dayan Center post-doctoral fellow Eran Segal analyzes the goings-on Kuwait in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 4, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.017, June 4, 2009.

June 1, 2009
The International Criminal Court's indicment of Sudanese President Bashir was a ground-breaking act, prioritizing human rights over the principles of state sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states. Alongside of Africa Union peacekeeping operations in Darfur, discussions among African states have evolved in recent years in favor of this new approach, but the old one remains dominant. Center Researcher Irit Back examines the competing African discourses and approaches in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

May 27, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.016, May 27, 2009.

May 25, 2009
The Israel-Hamas war in Gaza marked a significant milestone in the history of Arab liberal-critical writing. The Palestinian issue was no longer sacrosanct, as analysts expressed sharp criticism of the Palestinians in general, and Hamas in particular. Tel Aviv University researchers Shaul Levy and Idan Barir examine the matter in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 8, 2009
A discussion of Arab concerns with the notion of an Iranian-American "grand bargain" between Iran and the US by the Center's Marcia Israel Senior Fellow, Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

May 21, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.015, May 21, 2009.

May 14, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.014, May 11, 2009.

May 11, 2009
On Israel and the Palestinians: A Conversation between an Israeli and an American. What follows is an exchange of views between Asher Susser, Senior Fellow and former Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Kip Hagopian, of Los Angeles, a former venture capitalist and current Chairman of Maxim Integrated Products, a large American semiconductor company. Mr. Hagopian is a member of the International Board of Overseers of the Center.2 The exchange took place between December 2007 and January 2009.

April 30, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.013, May 7, 2009.

April 30, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.012, April 30, 2009.

May 11, 2009
The unprecedented Iranian power projection into the Arab heartland, via Hizballah operatives, and Egypt's response, is analyzed by Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, appearing in the latest issue of The Jerusalem Report.

April 7, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.011, April 23, 2009.

April 5, 2009
The world economic crisis has not passed over the Middle Eastern states. The slowdown in growth that is now being experienced is expected - according to most forecasts - to last at least a year, and will reduce the level of employment. Greater socio-economic and even political pressures in region can therefore be expected. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin explains the multiple effects of the crisis on Middle Eastern states, and analyzes their efforts to cope with the new situation, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

April 7, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.010, April 2, 2009.

April 7, 2009
The annual Arab League summit conference, held this year in Doha, Qatar on March 31, was unusually brief, devoid of either substantive debate or controversy, and missing the president of Egypt, the Arab world’s traditional primus inter pares. Overall, the summit served to emphasize the Arab world’s state of collective weakness and internal divisions, in the face of the preponderance of power accumulated by the three non-Arab states in the region – Iran, Turkey and Israel. As such, it called into question the very utility of the summit conference as a means to both fashion and advance collective Arab policies while regulating inter-Arab differences. Center Senior Fellows Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Joseph Kostiner explore the inter-Arab dynamics underpinnig the summit in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

April 2, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.009, April 2, 2009.

March 26, 2009
Two Arab summits with conflicting purposes convened during the recent Gaza war. The first took place in Doha, Qatar, on January 15-16, the second in Kuwait, on January 19-20. The conflict sparked by these conferences was titled “the war of summits” (harb al-qimmat) by the Arab media. Conventional analyses suggested that the summits reflected a neat division into "radical" and "moderate" camps. However, Center Senior Fellow, Prof. Joseph Kostiner, offers a fuller, more nuanced and subtler understanding of the inter-Arab dynamics underpinning the competing gatherings in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

March 26, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.008, March 26, 2009.

March 22, 2009
In recent years, Israel has been forced into indirect negotiations with Hezbollah and Hamas for the purpose of exchanging military prisoners, civilian hostages and soldiers missing in action. The standpoint adopted by both non-state Islamic organizations on this issue was influenced by national-political deliberations, public discourse and social pressure exerted by families of those being held on both the Israeli and the Arab sides. Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie analyzes the issue of prisoners of war and hostages from the perspective of Islamic law and tradition, as well as the various factors shaping the current responses of Hezbollah and Hamas, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

March 19, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.007, March 19, 2009.

March 15, 2009
The Obama Administration's Middle East policy is now underway. One aspect of its new approach is the attempt to engage in a meaningful dialogue with Syria. Center Director, Prof. Eyal Zisser examines the Syrian perception of the American efforts, and evaluates the likelihood of the US-Syrian dialogue bearing fruit, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

March 12, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.006, March 12, 2009.

March 5, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.005, March 5, 2009.

February 26, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.004, February 26, 2009.

February 19, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.003, February 19, 2009.

February 12, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.002, February 12, 2009.

February 8, 2009
The recent Davos incident in which Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demonstratively walked off the stage during his debate with Israeli President Shimon Peres was not an accident. Rather, it was the culmination of a long process of changing Turkish priorities under the two AKP governments and a new configuration of Ankara’s foreign policy’s role in the region. Center Senior Fellow, Prof. Ofra Bengio, analyzes the current state of Turkish-Israeli relations in this latest issue of TEL AVIV NOTES.

February 5, 2009
Middle East News & Views. A weekly sample of news and opinions on current events from around the Middle East collected and brought to you by the Dayan Center. No.001, February 5, 2009.

February 5, 2009
The ramifications of the war in Gaza go far beyond the narrow confines of the Gazan battlefield and Israel's relations with Hamas. The war has not only inflicted a resounding defeat on Hamas and wrought horrendous loss of life and physical damage on Gaza and its people. It has also shaken the regional strategic architecture. Dayah Center Senior Fellow and Prof. Asher Susser analyzes the new situation in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 5, 2009
Mahmud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority took out full-page Hebrew-language ads in four Israeli newspapers last month to promote the virtues of the 2002 Arab peace initiative to the Israeli public. It was an unprecedented act of public diplomacy. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, the Center's Marcia Israel Senior Fellow, analyzed the PA's motivations, as well as the problematic aspect of the initiative, in an article published in The Jerusalem Report, dated January 5, 2009.

December 18, 2008
The "Arab Peace Initiative", adopted at the 2002 Beirut Arab Summit Conference and reconfirmed by the 2007 Arab summit in Riyadh, has now become a legitimate part of the international community's package of diplomatic tools being used to advance the Arab-Israeli peace process. The official Israeli approach to the initiative has evolved as well, from summary dismissal to qualified aknowledgement of its value. Israeli Middle Eastern scholars have recently carried on a debate regarding the content and underlying importance of the initiative. Former Center director Prof. Asher Susser weighed in with his views in Ha'aretz on December 18, which we present to you here.

December 9, 2008
The latest jehadi terrorist attacks in Mumbai exposed major shortcomings in India's capacity to address such threats. Ironically, Indian political leaders had been warned by their own security experts for some time that such an operation was likely, and that the country was extremely vulnerable. Jagdish N. Singh, a senior Indian journalist and recent Visiting Fellow at the Center analyzes the background and the implications for India in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 19, 2008
Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhdhafi was recently in Moscow, after an absence of almost three decades, armed with a two billion dollar shopping list. What did he achieve? Center Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University Yehudit Ronen provides the background and analysis to Qadhdhafi's actions in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 16, 2008
A serious pitfall in the American strategy in the post-9/11 landscape has been to expect too much from the Pakistani establishment, officially an ally in the war on jihadi terrorism. In view of the profound influence of religion in Pakistani society and political life, its politicians, sections of the army and the powerful Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) have all sought to placate the clergy so as to broaden their social base, making Pakistan’s behavior particularly opaque, posing a policy challenge to the incoming Obama Administration. Senior Indian journalist and Visiting Center Fellow Jagdish N. Singh sheds light on this murky picture in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 4, 2008
The emergence of a modern Kurdish ethno-national movement among the region's more than 20 million Kurdish speakers in recent decades has been a development of great significance, posing major challenges to a number of Middle Eastern states. It has been underpinned by a veritable revolution in Kurdish language and literature, from oral production only vaguely known in the world to a written corpus that is taking its place within the pantheon of world literature. Center Senior Fellow, Professor Ofra Bengio, examines the developments in this oft-overlooked dimension in this latest version of TEL AVIV NOTES.

October 28, 2008
The dramatic collapse affecting US banking and capital markets has spread to the rest of the world, thus making a recovery even harder to achieve. This financial crisis is by far the most serious the world has faced since 1929. It's affects on the Middle East promise to be profound as well. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin examines the causes, and points to some of the consequences, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.
 

October 7, 2008
Qatar, the small oil and natural gas-rich principality in the Persian Gulf, has assiduously carved out an activist, independent foreign policy in recent years, thus exercising influence considerably beyond its size. One aspect of its maverick foreign policy has been the maintenance of above-board political and commercial relations with Israel, even as it cultivates close ties with Iran. Dr. Uzi Rabi, the Chairman of the Dept. of Middle East History, analyzes Qatar's foreign policy in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 22, 2008
Russia's invasion of Georgia has significant strategic implications, both globally and regionally, economically and politically. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin breaks down and analyzes the factors at play in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 21, 2008
The military coup which overthrew the democratically-elected regime in Mauritania marked another setback for the pro-democracy forces in Africa. Center Fellow Daniel Zisenwine analyzes the decline and fall of this once-promising democratic experiment in this poor corner of northwest Africa in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 6, 2008
The recent failure to depose long-time Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe from power via the ballot box has been the subject of much discussion among African policy-makers, politicians and analysts. Beyond the particular debate over Mugabe's personality and deeds, a variety of views have come to the fore regarding larger issues related to democracy, democratization and the right of outside actors to interfere in the internal affairs of African states. Dayan Center Researcher Irit Back sheds light on these developments in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

July 24, 2008
Over the last 12 months, the international price of oil doubled, while in the twelve month period ending on March 1, 2008, the price of food, measured by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s composite index, rose by 50%. These developments have had major and differential effects on the economies of the Middle East. Center Senior Fellow Paul Rivlin examines this new situation in the latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 22, 2008
The Hamas-Israeli ceasefire agreement in Gaza (tahdi'a; lit. “calming”), together with the decision by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) to renew the “national dialogue” with Hamas, inaugurated a new and promising phase in Hamas’s efforts to establish itself as the legitimate governing party in the Palestinian territories. Ephraim Lavie, Director of Tel Aviv University's Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, analyzes these developments in the Palestinian sphere in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 19, 2008
Official and media response in the Arab world to the horrific events in Sudan's Darfur region during the last five years have largely ranged between cynicism and callous indifference. Recently, however, new voices have been heard. Center Research Fellow Dr. Irit Back examines the underpinnings of the Arab responses to the Darfur conflict and current views in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 4, 2008
The 60th anniversary commemorations of the Palestinian nakba was a far cry from ten years ago, when the commemorations were characterized by strong feelings of hope and a conviction that the Palestinians were at long last embarking on a better future. Ten years later, these hopes that had given way to despair. Center Fellow Esther Webman compares the respective commemorations in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

May 22, 2008
Lebanon's warring factions have now stepped back from the brink of civil war. Their latest agreement reflects the fundamental changes in the internal and regional balance of power which have taken place: in favor of the Lebanese Shi’ite community, represented first and foremost by Hizballah, at the expense of the traditional power centers based in the Maronite, Sunni and Druze communities, and in favor of Hizballah’s patron, Iran, at the expense of the central axis of the Arab state system - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the institution of the Arab League. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the broader context of these developments in the latest issue of TEL AVIV NOTES

April 29, 2008
Bashar al-Asad's confirmation, in an interview to the Qatari daily al-Watan, that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had given him a commitment to return the entire Golan Heights to Syria has one meaning: Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations are warming up. Center Director, Prof Eyal Zisser, analyzes the dynamics which underpin this new development in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES
 

April 1, 2008
The fifth anniversary of the Iraq war prompted innumerable analyses, but ignored one of the main reasons for the failure of the US's democratization project in the Middle East - the unswerving opposition by the Arab intellectual class. Center Fellow Uriya Shavit examines the reasons for their opposition in this latest issue of TEL AVIV NOTES.
 

March 9, 2008
The annual Arab summit conference is scheduled to be held at the end of March, in Damascus. However, Saudi and Egyptian distress with Syria's behavior regarding Lebanon and its alliance with Iran may result in their leaders' non-attendance, and even the summit's cancellation. Center Senior Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman places the current developments into historical context in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

February 17, 2008
The assassination of Hizballah's long-time military mastermind Imad Mughniyeh, killed by a massive car bomb in Damascus, is a serious blow to the organization, as well as to Syrian President Bashar al-Asad. Both are now faced with tough choices. Center Director Eyal Zisser examines the implications in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 27, 2008
George W. Bush's mid-January visit to Saudi Arabia failed to return the US-Saudi relationship to the status it enjoyed before September 11, 2001.Center Senior Fellow Josh Teitelbaum examines the two countries' differing approaches towards Iran, as well as the underlying nature of the relationship, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

January 22, 2008
The treatment by the Egyptian press of the 30th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem says much about Egypt’s self-view of its past and present. Mira Tzoreff analyzes the various reactions to the anniversary and concurrent aspects of the cultivation of Egyptian collective memory in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 27, 2007
Prof. Kenneth W. Stein of Emory University analyzes what was, and what wasn't achieved at the Annapolis peace conference, against the background of past conferences and diplomatic initiatives, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

December 16, 2007
The crisis between Turkey, the Turkish Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq that flared up in the fall of 2007 brought to the surface the dramatic changes which have occurred within the Turkish-Kurdish-American triangle. Dayan Center Senior Fellow Ofra Bengio analyzes the background to the crisis, and suggests likely directions that the triangular relationship will take in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

November 14, 2007
Is Islam in Europe an integral part of an evolving multicultural universe or a threat to the integrity of European societies? The analysis by Center Fellow Uriya Shavit, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES, reveals a complex picture, both for Muslims themselves and for European states and societies.

October 30, 2007
The Arab states are expected by the US to lend a hand to its efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at a meeting in Annapolis scheduled for the end of November. For their part, America's Arab allies have adopted a low profile for the time being, while attempting to insure that the conference will not be a mere photo-op. Center Senior Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines their calculations, and those of Syria as well, in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

October 16, 2007
Seven years after the traumatic "October 2000 Events," Jewish-Arab relations continue to be marked by worrisome developments. Elie Rekhess, a Dayan Center Senior Fellow and Director of the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, analyzes the plusses and (mostly) minuses in this issue of TEL AVIV NOTES.

September 25, 2007
The geopolitical changes unleashed by America’s overthrow of Saddam Husayn’s regime in Iraq have resulted in a significant measure of mistrust creeping into the historically close relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US.  Nonetheless, the two countries underlying common interests in blocking the rise of Iran as a regional hegemon and insuring the flow of oil remain in place.  Center Senior Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum examines the most recent oscillations in Saudi-American relations in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

September 19, 2007
Senior Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum (in Hebrew) on Saudi Arabia’s proposed wall along the Iraqi border.

September 19, 2007
Morocco's September 7th parliamentary elections provided an important window into the state of Morocco’s much-heralded policies of liberalization and democratization, as well as the place of Islamist parties in the political process. Dayan Center Fellow Daniel Zissenwine analyzes the outcome in this latest version of
TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 30, 2007
Tuesday evening, August 14, 2007 marked the latest turn in Iraq's ongoing nightmare, when a chain of blasts hit two Yezidi Kurdish villages. In this latest edition of
TEL AVIV NOTES, Idan Barir examines the implications.

August 22, 2007
Can economic sanctions be effective in containing Iran's military nuclear project? Are there lessons to be drawn from previous Middle East experiences with sanctions? Dayan Center Senior Fellow Amos Nadan and Truman Institute Research Group Director Eldad Pardo suggest the answers in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

August 5, 2007
The elections of July 22, precipitated by a political-constitutional crisis pitting the ruling AKP Islamist party against the military and state elites, were one of the most important in Turkey’s political history.  The outcome was a decisive vote of confidence for the AKP, as it seeks a new synthesis between Islam, a market economy and liberal democracy.  Prof. Soli Ozel of Bilgi University in Istanbul analyzes the results in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

July 22, 2007
The one-year anniversary of last year's Second Lebanon War calls for scrutiny of the shifts in the Middle East regional architecture which underpinned the war, and an examination of the processes which subsequently unfolded. A confident and ambitious Shi'ite Iran is intent on filling the vacuum left by the frailty of secularism and the infirmity of the Arab state. This weakness has also set the stage for the reassertion with a vengeance of religious and other primordial identities of family, tribe and sect. Center Director Asher Susser examines these processes in the latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 19, 2007
The outcome of the civil war in the Gaza Strip created a fissure of historical proportions in the Palestinian national movement and a separation of governmental authority between Gaza and the West Bank. Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie analyzes the dynamics of the recent intra-Palestinian conflict and its implications in this latest version of TEL AVIV NOTES.

June 7, 2007
The attempt by Turkey's ruling Islamist-oriented Justice and Development Party (AKP) to promote one of its leading figures to the office of President has touched off a major political crisis in Turkey, resulting in the scheduling of parliamentary elections on July 22.  Tel Aviv University Doctoral Candidate Yossi Eli analyzes the dynamics of the crisis in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

May 26, 2007
Algeria's recent parliamentary elections provides a window into the state of the country's political system and the prospects for democracy. Center Fellow Dr. Daniel Zisenwine examines the background to the elections and their outcome in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

May 10, 2007
The exigencies of governing, the threat of civil war and the renewal of the Arab peace initiative has compelled the Hamas leadership to adopt more pragmatic polices.  At the same time, it has striven to harden the Palestinian consensual position on core ideological issues, and return the center of gravity in Palestinian affairs to the Diaspora, away from the specific interests of the West Bank and Gaza communities.  Dayan Center Director Prof. Asher Susser examines these dynamics in this latest edition of TEL AVIV NOTES.

April 29, 2007
The decision by Hamas to form a Palestinian National Unity Government with the rival Fatah movement was not an easy one, and constituted a significant alteration of the Damascus-based external leadership's position. Hamas is now compelled to maneuver to maneuver between (a) the obligation of governing, which require it to tender pragmatic policies in both foreign and domestic affairs, and (b) its determination to maintain its ideological principles. Dayan Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie examines this dilemma, and Hamas' resulting behavior, in the latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

March 25, 2007
A recent burst of Saudi Arabian diplomatic activity has raised hopes for the establishment of  a Western-Sunni Arab-Israeli coalition which would counter Iran's bid for regional hegemony and to reinvigorate the long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  Dayan Center Senior Fellow Prof. Joseph Kostiner examines Saudi strategy and tactics through the prism of a time-honored Saudi method - mediation - in the latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.
 

March 11, 2007
Recent Islamist terrorist activities in Algeria and Tunisia have renewed the focus of international attention on North Africa. In this recent edition of Tel Aviv Notes, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Daniel Zissenwine assesses the implications.

February 28, 2007
The ongoing standoff in Lebanon is part of a larger struggle for regional hegemony between Iran, on the one hand, and a number of Arab states and Israel, on the other. Prof. Asher Susser, Head of the Dayan Center, examines the issues at stake for Lebanon and for the region as a whole in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

February 14, 2007
Egypt's recent crackdown on the opposition Muslim Brotherhood movement and liberal political activists alike generated much attention both domestically and internationally. Dr. Mira Tzoreff of the Middle East History Department analyzes these developments and their implications for Egyptian political and social life in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

February 8, 2007
If the current price of oil, $54 per barrel, remains the same throughout 2007, it will constitute an 11% drop from the average price in 2006, with a corresponding drop in revenues for oil producing states. Saudi Arabia is well-positioned to cope with this change.  Iran, however, is not.  Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Paul Rivlin analyzes the implications of lower oil prices for both countries in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

December 26, 2006
Prof. Nathan Brown The Achievements of the Palestinian National Authority? A Historical Appraisal.

January 5, 2007
Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines a  new book on Hamas.

January 14, 2007
US Secretary of State Rice's latest visit to the Middle East has been accompanied by renewed suggestions to fashion an Arab Quartet, a coalition of moderate pro-Western Arab states which would complement new American-led diplomatic initiatives in the region. Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the prospective efficacy of the proposed Quartet in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

January 1, 2007
Iran's growing regional power and the accompanying strength of Shiite Muslim communities in Iraq, Lebanon and the Gulf are viewed with extreme concern in Saudi Arabia.  After a decade of cordial relations with Iran, 2006 was a year in which the pendulum of Saudi-Iranian relations swung back towards confrontation. Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum analyzes the regional and domestic aspects of Saudi concerns in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

December 19, 2006
The Future Vision of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel was issued recently by the National Committee of the Heads of Arab Local Councils and endorsed by the Supreme Follow-up Committee of the Arabs in Israel. The document deals with the question of Israel's nature as a Jewish and democratic
state, and with the demands of the Arab population in Israel for national, political, social and cultural rights. Dr. Elie Rekhess, Dayan Center Senior Fellow and head of the Konrad Adenauer Center for Jewish-Arab-Cooperation analyzes the document and its consequences in this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

December 17, 2006
Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen's decision to call for early presidential and legislative elections has raised Hamas-Fatah tensions to the boiling point. It came against the background of unbridgeable differences between Hamas and Abu Mazen over the terms of establishing a national unity government, as well as opposing approaches within the Hamas leadership regarding a ceasefire and prisoner exchange with Israel, pitting Damascus-based Khalid Mash`al against PA Prime Minister and Gaza resident Isma`il Haniyeh.  Dayan Center Fellow Ephraim Lavie analyzes these complex dynamics in the latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes.

December 3, 2006
With Hizballah in the streets, the possibility of a Syrian-backed coup against the Siniora government in Lebanon grows more real every day. In this article from Israel's leading daily Yediot Aharonot, Senior Research Fellow Prof. Eyal Zisser discussed the implications for Israel.

November 20, 2006
The assassination of Lebanon's Pierre Jumayyil  is the latest in a series of events which have plunged Lebanon into its most severe political crisis since the end of the 14-year civil war in October 1989. Hizballah Secretary-General Shaykh Hasan Nasrallah has made a bold bid to fundamentally alter the existing political order in Lebanon, and achieve an effective veto power over major political decisions. Opposing him is a coalition of pro-Western, anti-Syrian forces known as the "Cedar Revolution, " headed by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.  In this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, Dayan Center Senior Fellow Prof. Eyal Zisser analyzes the factors underpinning the crisis and its implications for Israel.

November 11, 2006
Saddam's Husayn's trial has now concluded, with a conviction and sentencing to death by hanging. Its long-term implications for Iraq are hardly what the US had hoped for.  Like other previous US actions, this too serves to exacerbate internal divisions and further destabilize a society which is already caught in a cycle of escalating violence and headed towards all-out civil war. In this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, Dayan Center Senior Fellow Ofra Bengio analyzes Iraq's grim prospects, following the collapse of totalitarian rule.
 

September 13, 2006
With the Israeli government just having appointed a commission to examine the war in Lebanon, the Israeli media is typically deep into self-examination, remaining largely oblivious to the regional results of the recent conflict.  In  this opinion piece from The Jerusalem Post, Center Director Prof. Asher Susser demonstrates that both in Lebanon and in other Arab countries, the conflict is not considered a conclusive victory for Hizballah.  Many Lebanese are discussing the disaster brought on the country by Hizballah, and the Lebanese government has been emboldened to take advantage of the new political realities to finally exert its sovereignty over the entire country, with the help of a robust international force.  An Egyptian commentator, Ali al-Ibrahim, noted recently that the Arabs had learned to differentiate between victories on television and real victories in the field. "How long will it take the Israelis to do likewise?" asks Susser.

August 21, 2006
Special issue on "The Arabs in Israel and the War in the North" (The Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation)

August 6, 2006
Strategically, the Israel-Hizbullah war which began on July 12 was a breakdown of deterrence, writes Center Associate Fellow Ephraim Lavie.  In this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, he stresses that when Hizbullah leader Hasan Nasrallah was not deterred by Israel's military power, Israel chose not to be deterred by Hizbullah's missiles, and instead launched a large-scale operation . Israel's immediate goals in the present conflict should be confined to destruction of Hizbullah's missile array ands its fortifications along the border, thus turning them into a monument to Nasrallah's defeat.  For this conflict to become a turning point, however, Syria will have to be brought in to restrain Hizbullah, Iran's influence in the region must to curtailed, and moderate Arab regimes opposed to Iranian hegemony will have to  clip the wings of non-state actors that threaten regional stability.

July 24, 2006
With war raging along Israel's northern border and confrontation in Gaza, Center Director Prof. Asher Susser analyzes the historical and regional context of the current conflagration. His conclusion: The erstwhile hegemonic Arab powers, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, have been eclipsed by the rising regional power and influence of the non-Arab states, Israel, Iran and Turkey.  The former sit by helplessly, while the later set the regional agenda.

July 14, 2006
Between Hamas and Hizballah - Israel’s Vital Interests
By Asher Susser

May 25, 2006
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's relations with American presidents, which have had their ups and downs since the 1970s and 1980s, reached a new peak with the May 15 announcement that Washington was renewing relations with Tripoli. In this issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Fellow Dr. Yehudit Ronen traces Qaddafi's path from pariah to partner.

May 14, 2006
More than four months after it was elected on December 15, 2005, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament) was finally able to nominate a new prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki.  The crisis around the prime minister was illustrative of a deep, structural problem afflicting Iraqi polity and society since the formation of the modern state.  In "Coalition-Building in Iraq: Mission Impossible?"  Senior Fellow Prof. Ofra Bengio stresses that al-Maliki is little more than a compromise candidate, and that even if the current situation is not a full-blown civil war, recent grisly events (such as the discovery in April of 2000 corpses in Baghdad), certainly indicate growing religious and ethnic polarization, declining confidence in a
weak central government, and a loss of any sense of direction. Iraq, she concludes, is in danger of becoming a failed state.

April 20, 2006
For many reasons, the combination of the Hamas victory in the Palestinian Authority and a Shi'ite victory in Iraq is hardly a savory combination for Jordanians.  For example, the lack of stability between Israel and the PA, and a fearful Sunni population in Iraq, raise the specter of refugees fleeing to Jordan from both east and west. In "Jordan: Between Iraq and Palestine", published at bitterlemons-international.org, Center Director Prof. Asher Susser  examines these and other challenges, and takes a look at Jordan's limited options.

April 9, 2006
Even cynics in the Arab world expected the Arab Summit held in Khartoum in late March to come up with some positive solutions, given the truly urgent issues on the agenda (the election of Hamas and sectarian strife in Iraq, to name just a few).  But Arab leaders saw no possibilities for concrete achievements on any of these issues; indeed eight of them stayed away. In this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzed the reasons for the Summit's impasse.

March 23, 2006
With Iraq teetering on the verge of civil war, Center Director Prof.
Asher Susser assesses that the fragmentation of Iraq could have severe negative consequences for Israel.

February 28, 2006
Hamas' victory in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections has set off a flurry of speculation about the possible implications for regional politics, particularly in Jordan, with its large Palestinian population and vocal Islamic movement. In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Center Director Prof. Asher Susser examines the implications of the Hamas victory for Jordan.  Susser emphasizes the resilience of the Jordanian monarchy, and while he does not rule out a possible confrontation between Islamists and King Abdallah II, he stresses that Jordan has already weathered countless storms. Though there can be no certainty that the future will always resemble the past, it would be wise to bear the lessons of the historical record in mind.

January 29, 2006
Fatah's failure in the Palestinian elections held in late January was due to a lack of unity within the party, caused by a conflict between the young and old guards, writes Visiting Fellow Ephraim Lavie in this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes.  Meanwhile, Hamas capitalized on the public's desire for an end to the military confrontation, and made the decision to enter the arena of institutional politics. It managed to integrate the younger leadership and project image of responsibility, sobriety and pragmatism that helped insure its victory.  The loss of Fatah’s hegemonic position or some dramatic development (e.g., Abu Mazen’s resignation) could ­ despite the Palestinian consensus against civil strife ­ lead to widespread violence between Fatah and Hamas.

January 23, 2006
The Iraqi elections of December 2005 are the crown jewel in American-led efforts to redesign the state. The Shiite lists won a plurality - 128 seats - but not the two-thirds majority needed to form a government.  The united Kurdish list took second place, with 53 seats, and the leading Sunni list came in third with 44 seats. Thus the Sunnis remain highly suspicious of the new political order.  In this issue of Tel Aviv Notes , Senior Fellow Dr. Ofra Bengio stresses that while the recent elections are undoubtedly an important step in efforts to institutionalize Iraqi democracy, the deeper processes of liberalization, construction of civil society and national reconciliation, so essential to sustainable democracy over the long term, have so far failed to make much headway.

December 26, 2005
Hamas' sweeping gains
in the fourth round of the Palestinian Authority (PA) municipal elections, held on December 16, completed its evolution as the dominant faction in local politics, with significant ramifications for national Palestinian politics as well.  In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Fellow Dr. Meir Litvak stresses that they represent a weakening of the mainstream Fath movement, which has not provided the needed social agenda supplied by Hamas. In the Middle East as a whole, this victory is further evidence that when Islamic movements compete in free elections, they either win or substantially increase their representation.

November 6, 2005
Following elections for an interim parliament, and then a referendum on a constitution, Iraqis are scheduled to choose a regular parliament in December. Although the lack of Sunni input into the constitution raises serious questions about its viability as a  governing system for Iraq, Senior Fellow Dr. Ofra Bengio suggests in this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes  that the parliamentary elections carry a silver lining: an opportunity for a US exit from Iraq.

October 27, 2005
On October 21, German investigator Detlev Mehlis submitted to the UN Security Council his interim report on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.  The report, which accuses the Syrian authorities of being behind the murder, has caused the ground to tremble in Damascus. According to the Mehlis Report, senior Syrian figures, led by Bashar's brother, Maher, and his brother-in-law, Asaf Shawkat, organized the killing of Hariri.

In this issue of  Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Research Fellow Prof.
Eyal Zisser analyzes the choices facing Bashar and US President George W. Bush. His conclusion: While Washington would prefer that Bashar change his behavior rather than depart the scene, there is little reason to expect that he will adopt either of those options.

October 16, 2005
On September 29, Algeria held a referendum on the "Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation" proposed by President Abd al-Aziz Bouteflika.  According to official results, the Charter was approved by 97% of the voters, amounting to 82% of the eligible electorate.  But according to Dayan Center Senior Researcher Dr. Gideon Gera, writing in this latest issue of  Tel Aviv Notes, Algeria has not yet addressed the root causes of the violent Islamist interlude of the 1990s and unless it does, it is doubtful whether the "Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation" will
generate real change.

Center researchers Meir Litvak and Esther Webman have been conducting in-depth research on the Holocaust in Arab discourse.  This research is beginning to bear fruit, as in this article, "Perceptions of the Holocaust in Palestinian Public Discourse," in Israel Studies.

August 18, 2005
The August 3 bloodless military coup in Mauritania that removed president Maaouiya Ould Taya from power took place in one of the world's most impoverished nations, situated on Africa's northwest coast between Arab North Africa and black sub-Saharan Africa.  In this Washington Institute PolicyWatch, Center Associate Daniel Zissenwine concludes that the new rulers will need to maneuver between competing domestic political forces. These efforts may complicate Mauritania's relations with foreign powers.

August 2, 2005
The death of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd and the assumption of kingship by Abdallah represents more continuity that change on the Saudi scene, given that Abdallah has run the affairs of state since Fahd's incapacitation in 1995. In Tel Aviv Notes , Senior Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum gives the background to the succession and analyzes potential pitfalls in the future. His conclusion: the transition will be smooth, but given the advanced age of the current King and the Crown Prince, another succession is not far away, and it promises to be much more controversial.

July 4, 2005
Iran's June 24 presidential elections brought to power Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, a man loyal to the original principles of the Islamic Revolution.  In this latest edition  Tel Aviv Notes , Center Senior Fellow Prof. David Menashri stresses that Ahmadi-Nejad's election represents a victory for the most conservative Iranians, many from the lower echelons of society, who responded to his promises of equality and an end to corruption.  The new president's main challenge, however, will be to make good on his promises.

Summer 2005
Center Senior Fellow Prof. Eyal Zisser has published "Bashar Al-Assad: In or Out of the New World Order" in the Summer 2005 issue of The Washington Quarterly. He notes that Syria's failures to fully cooperate against terrorism and cope with either the results of the war in Iraq or recent events in Lebanon are liable to force Bashar al-Assad's regime to make painful domestic and foreign policy decisions that it has delayed for years. Yet Bashar still seems to lack sufficient legitimacy and charisma, as well as the experience needed to achieve genuine change.

May 22, 2005
Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon has presented its main local ally, the Shi’ite organization Hizbullah, with a complex set of dilemmas as it approaches elections at the end of May.  In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Research Fellow Eyal Zisser stresses that while the organization seeks to preserve its freedom of movement in southern Lebanon, it does not seek an escalation of hostilities, lest pressure on it to disarm increase; indeed, Palestinian organizations and not Hizbullah were responsible for the latest round of violence.  But the question of Hizbullah's ultimate direction remains unresolved and may only be clarified in the aftermath of the Lebanese elections.

May 17, 2005
Prof. Rex Brynen of McGill University in Montreal discusses liberalization in the Middle East in "Democractic Dominoes."
His main question is why authoritarianism was so durable in the Arab world. He gives five possible explanations: political culture; economics; state versus civil society; regional conflicts and finally western policies towards the region.

March 27, 2005
The recent intra-Palestinian agreement between Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and several smaller  organizations to extend the current "lull" (tahdi'a) in military operations until the end of 2005 and to implement a series of reforms in Palestinian political institutions is the subject of Dayan Center Fellow Meir Litvak's latest Tel Aviv Notes.

March 15, 2005
Saudi Arabia's municipal elections, which began on February 10, have been trumpeted by many as "the first step on the way to democracy."  In this latest edition of Tel Aviv Notes, Senior Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum examines the Saudi elections in both their international and internal Saudi contexts.  His conclusion: the elections are another in a long history of successful maneuvers by a family that has been in power for nearly 250  years, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

February 24, 2005
The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri on February 14 has thrown Lebanon into turmoil.  In "Lebanon after the Murder of Hariri," Senior Fellow Eyal Zisser calls into question the common wisdom that Syria is behind the murder, arguing that it has only weakened Syria's position.

February 13, 2005
In the latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, the Center's Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes the motivations behind each of the 4 participants at the Sharm al-Shaykh summit, as well as the calculations of the US. He concludes that the current hurting stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians can be exploited for purposes of de-escalation and stabilization, which may lead to a self-sustaining negotiating dynamic, and that a supportive regional environment of the kind demonstrated at Sharm al-Shaykh can contribute to the incremental progress that now seems possible.

January 2005
The Center's Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman discusses "The Election of Abu Mazen: Will It Make a Difference?"  He concludes that the overall situation remains fragile, but that Arafat's passing introduces new, important elements into the situation.

January 4, 2005
On December 22, 2004, Saudi Arabia expelled the Libyan ambassador from Riyadh and withdrew its own diplomatic envoy from Tripoli. The expulsion followed Saudi accusations of a Libyan plot to assassinate Crown Prince Abdallah.  In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, the Center's Dr.Yehudit Ronen sheds light on the byzantine machinations behind the scenes of this Libyan-Saudi diplomatic rupture.

December 2004
The Center's Dr. Paul Rivlin (with Shmuel Even) has published a Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies Memorandum:  Political Stability in Arab States: Economic Causes and Consequences. The essays that comprise the volume analyze some of the strengths and weakness of Arab states from an economic perspective. Despite generally weak economic performances, Arab regimes have overcome the threat of domestic instability and the consequent threat to their own survival by implementing partial and makeshift economic reforms.

December 19, 2004
On 14 December 2004, the Egyptian and Israeli Ministers of Industry and the US Trade Representative signed an agreement to create eight "Qualified Industrial Zones" (QIZs) in Egypt.  The agreement will permit goods made in Egypt but with a specified minimum Israeli content to enter the US duty free.  In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes , the Center's Dr. Paul Rivlin explains that Egypt has much to gain economically from the agreement, but only if it encourages local companies to conclude deals with their Israeli counterparts.

November 30, 2004
In this two-part article, "Between Iraq and the Palestinians -- Israel's Fateful Choices," originally published in the IPF Focus, Dayan Center Director Prof. Asher Susser examines Israel's new strategic environment following the war in Iraq and the death of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat.

November 22, 2004
Over the course of November, Egypt has raised its foreign policy profile by hosting a state funeral service for Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and an international conference on the future of Iraq.  In this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes, the Dayan Center's Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines this development.  His conclusion:  Challenged by a Middle East in tremendous flux and US demands for "reform" and transformation," the Mubarak regime would clearly like to be more of a player in the region and less of a bystander.  If it is able to manage this role, valuable time will have been bought for a regime that must somehow accelerate the pace of change while preserving underlying stability.

November 16, 2004
"The death of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat on 11 November may open up new possibilities for Palestinian political development, but it may also exacerbate the ongoing anarchy and the fragmentation of Palestinian society and politics."  That is the assessment of the Dayan Center's Meir Litvak in this latest issue of Tel Aviv Notes . Such anarchy and fragmentation, concludes Litvak, could give a boost to the Islamist Hamas movement, thereby making any progress with Israel much more difficult.

October 26, 2004
On October 24th Tunisians once again re-elected President Zayn al-'Abidin Ben 'Ali by an absolute majority of 94.48%.  In this issue of Tel Aviv Notes, Daniel Zisenwine  goes behind the headlines to analyze the election. He concludes that although Ben 'Ali is largely recognized in Tunisia for his economic achievements and some political reforms, he shows few signs of moderating his authoritarian rule. His pro-Western policies, however, will assure that criticism of his regime will remain muted.

August 8, 2004,
On 3 August King Abdallah of Jordan gave an interview to the Al-Arabiyya Satellite TV channel. The rather long and detailed exchange was most revealing in respect to Abdallah's role as King, Jordan's strategic predicament and the Kingdom's relations with the Palestinians. Following is an analysis of the interview by the Center's Director Prof Asher Susser:
ABDALLAH’S SCOLDING OF ARAFAT:
THE COMING OF AGE OF A HASHEMITE KING

August 1, 2004, After years of civil war Sudan is now the scene of horrific human rights abuses against the non-Arab population of the country. The Janjaweed Arab-Muslim militia, working hand-in-glove with the Sudanese army and government implements an ethnic cleansing of the area driving more than one million non-Arab Darfurians from their homes. Senior Fellow, Dr Yehudit Ronen, wonders in The Tragedy in Darfur: Who is going to stop it?, whether the conflicting interests of the international community will allow for the practical implementation of measures to halt the carnage.

July 22, 2004, Prof. Asher Susser analyses some of the root cause of the strain in the Turkish-Israeli relationship and underscores the critical importance of Israel 's relations with Turkey , in "Regional systemic change" published in The Bitterlemons Middle East Roundtable (Edition 28, Volume 2, 22 July 2004).

June 2, 2004, Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Paul Rivlin analyzes the ramifications of high oil prices,  in  Oil at $40 a Barrel: A Threat and a Signal.

May 3, 2004, Dr. Aaron David Miller, President, Seeds of Peace, and formerly Adviser to the last six US Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, analyzed issues in the current peace process in the lecture entitled, The Pursuit of Arab-Israeli Peace 1993-2000: Where Did the US Go Wrong?

May 2004, the Dayan Center Spring 2004 Bulletin is now available.  Click here to download the full-color Bulletin in PDF format (2MB).

March 22, 2004, Prof. Henry Bienen, President of Northwestern University, delivered the Kalman Lassner Memorial Lecture.  His topic: THE MEANING OF AMERICAN PRIMACY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

April 20, 2004, Dayan Center Senior Fellow Dr. Meir Litvak analyzes the implications of Israel's liquidation of Hamas's leader, in "Hamas after Rantisi."

March 22, 2004, Dayan Center Senior Fellow Prof. Eyal Zisser analyzes the latest signs of unease  in Syria against the background of the Ba'th Party's 41st anniversary of coming to power and the first anniversary of America's war against Saddam Husayn's Iraq, in "Bashar Under Pressure: Potential Implications of the Qamishli Riots", Tel Aviv Notes, No. 102, March 22, 2004.

January 25, 2003, Prof. Asher Susser provides the background to Jordan's vociferous opposition to Israel's  security fence in his commentary, "Jordan and the Israeli Security Fence",  published in Tel Aviv Notes, #96. 

January 11, 2003 , Prof. Eyal Zisser answers the question, "What's Behind Bashar al-Assad's Peace Offensive?" in Tel Aviv Notes, #95. 

January 8, 2004, Prof. Asher Susser, writing in  www.bitterlemons-international.org "Middle East Roundtable," Edition 2 Volume 2, comments on the collective Arab predicament, in light of the latest findings of the Arab Human Development Report. Arab disarray and Israel's impasse

December 24, 2003, Qadhafi’s Christmas Gift: What’s Behind Libya’s Decision to Renounce WMD?
by Dayan Center Fellow Yehudit Ronen.

December 15, 2003, Dayan Center Director and Senior Fellow, Prof. Asher Susser, published a critique of the refugee chapter of the Geneva Accords in Ha'aretz in Hebrew on 11 December 2003. The Hebrew article appeared in translation in the English version of Ha'aretz on 15 December. Here is the Ha'aretz English version (with a few slight stylistic changes).

Prof. and Senior Fellow Eyal Zisser has published an analysis of Syrian-American relations, "Syria and the United States: Bad Habits Die Hard",  in  Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3 (2003)
http://www.meforum.org/article/555

Dayan Center Director and Senior Fellow, Prof. Asher Susser, has published a tour d'horizon of the dilemmas and predicaments facing Arab states and societies following the recent war in Iraq and three years of the Palestinian intifada, in Middle East Quarterly (Fall 2003, Vol. 10, No. 4).

October 30, 2003, the Jerusalem Post's coverage of the October 28, 2003 municipal elections in Israel's Arab sector features the analysis of the Dayan Center's Senior Fellow Dr. Elie Rekhess.

September 19, 2003, Senior Research Fellow Dr. Joshua Teitelbaum on Saudi attempts to prevent the emergence of a Shi'ite state in Iraq

September 7, 2003, Research Associate Daniel Zisenwine on new developments in Israeli-Moroccan relations

June 23, 2003, Senior Research Fellow Ofra Bengio on developments in Iraq several months into the American occupation

June 2, 2003  Senior Research Fellow Ofra Bengio on the challenges for the US in Iraq

May 25, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Paul Rivlin on President Bush's proposal for a free trade agreement with the Middle East

May 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Ofra Bengio on "Pitfalls of Instant Democracy," a chapter from the Washington Institute's monograph, U.S. Policy in Post-Saddam Iraq: Lessons from the British Experience

April 15, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Prof. David Menashri on Iran and the War in Iraq

April 7, 2003  Senior Research Fellow Eyal Zisser on Bashar's Game: What is Syria Up To?

March 30, 2003 Senior Research Fellows Ofra Bengio and Bruce Maddy-Weitzman on Iraqi History vs. American Idealism

February 12, 2003
IRAN AND ISRAEL: A COUPLE AT ODDS (click here for webcast,  then scroll down to February 12)
By David Menashri

February 5, 2003
THE ISLAMIZATION OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT (click here for webcast,  then scroll down to February 5)
By Meir Litvak

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Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman:
Palestinian and Israeli Intellectuals in the Shadow of Oslo and Intifadat al-Aqsa
(Tami Steinmetz Center's Research Series, 2002)

 


The Dayan Center announces the publication in Hebrew of Tamar Yegnes edited collection in the Dayan Papers series: From Intifada to War. The collection comprises papers delivered at a conference held in May 2002, with the addition of an analysis by Khalil Shikaki.

March 11, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Martin Kramer on How Not to Occupy Iraq

 

March 11, 2003  Center Director Prof. Asher Susser on The Appointment of Abu Mazin

The Dayan Center announces the publication in Hebrew of Liat Kozma's monograph in the Dayan Papers series:
Women Who Write History: Feminism and Social Change in Morocco. Kozma's study examines Morocco's feminist movements, as they struggle to improve the position of women in their country.

February 2, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Paul Rivlin  on Iraq's Economy

February 2, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Meir Litvak on Arab anti-Semitism

January 24, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Elie Rekhess on "The  Arab Vote"

January 22, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Elie Rekhess on "The Question of Arab Participation in the Forthcoming Israeli Elections"
(In Hebrew)                       PDF version

January 2, 2003 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Elie Rekhess on "The Question of Arab Participation in the Forthcoming Israeli Elections"
(In Hebrew)                       PDF version

December 16, 2002 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman on "Israeli Elections: Another Fork in the Road?"

December 5, 2002 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Elie Rekhess on "The Question of Arab Participation in the Forthcoming Israeli Elections"

On March 24, 2002, Prof. Shlomo Avineri of the Hebrew University delivered the Joseph (Buddy) Strelitz Memorial Lecture. His topic:  "Can There Be an Historical Compromise between Israel and the Palestinians?" The lecture is in Hebrew.                    PDF version

November 28, 2002 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Meir Litvak on The Palestine Islamic Jihad: Background Information

November 13, 2002 Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman on The Arab World and the Coming Israeli Elections

November 6, 2002 The Dayan Center hosted a discussion analyzing the results of the recent general elections in Turkey. The event was sponsored by the Sleyman Demirel Program in Contemporary Turkish Studies and the Israel-Turkey Business Council. Featured Turkish analysts were Prof. Şule Kut, Vice-Rector, Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of International Relations, and Mr. Cengiz Çandar, Columnist, Haber Trk-TV News. Their remarks are presented here:
Prof. Şule Kut         Mr. Cengiz Çandar

October 30, 2002 Center Director Prof. Asher Susser, on The Arabs and Iraq

October 14, 2002  Senior Fellow Dr. Eyal Zisser, on Israel and Lebanon: The Battle for the Wazzani

On June 18, 2002, Principal Research Fellow and former Center Director Dr. Martin Kramer addressed a gathering to mark the tenth anniversary of the untimely passing of Prof. Elie Kedourie. His lecture was entitled "Policy and the Academy: An Illicit Relationship?"


The Dayan Center announces two new publications in Hebrew by Research Fellow Esther Webman:

In the Data and Analysis  series, The Writing Was on the Wall: Usama bin Ladin, the Man and his Method, an in-depth study of the Saudi terrorist based on Webman's chapters in
Middle East Contemporary Survey.

In the Dayan Papers  series, In The Wake of September 11: Islam and the West -- Clash or Co-existence. Webman's edited volume contains articles written by Dayan Center researchers on topics ranging from radical Islam in Saudi Arabia, to an examination of the use of Islam by Iraq's Saddam Husayn in his struggle with the West.

 

 

Also, see two new articles: Joshua Teitelbaum on Saudi Arabia's Internet, and Martin Kramer on the use of films in promoting America's war on terrorism.