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Featured articles by nader hashemi

"Charles Taylor's A Secular Age and the Secularization from Below in Iran,"
Book Chapter in: A Secular Age Beyond the West (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

"Should U.S. Swap Iranian Prisoners for Americans?" (Fall 2015)

"Nuclear Deal Could Transform Iran" (Summer 2015)

"How a Nuclear Deal Helps Democracy in Iran" 
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Spring 2015)

"A Theology of Moral Progress" 
(review of Khaled Abou El Fadl's book Reasoning with God)
Critical Muslim, 14 (Spring 2015)

"Why Syria Matters: The Moral Imperative for Bringing Down the House of Al-Assad"
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 11 (Spring 2014)

"Rethinking Religion and Political Legitimacy Across the Islam-West Divide"
Philosophy and Social Criticism, 40 (Spring 2014)

"Rowhani's Challenge"
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 10 (Summer 2013)

"The Arab Spring Two Years On: Reflections on Dignity, Democracy, and Devotion"
Review essay, Ethics & International Affairs, 27 (Summer 2013)

"Islam and Secularism After the Arab Spring", 19 February 2013

Featured articles by danny postel

"Iranian Dissidents Explain Why They Support The Nuclear Deal"
In These Times (Summer 2015)

"What Do Syrians Want? Q & A on the Syrian Freedom Charter"
Huffington Post, 9 April 2015

"Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS?"
In These Times, 18 December 2014

"Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War--A Review of Muhammad Idrees Ahmad's Book The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War "
The Drouth, 50 (Winter 2014/2015)

"The War on ISIS: Views from Syrian Activists and Intellectuals"
Dissent Magazine, 20 September 2014

"Book Review: Will the Middle East Implode? "
Middle East Policy, 21.3 (Fall 2014)

"Syria, Russia and What Can Be Done: Some Questions for Bob Dreyfuss"
The Nation, 24 February 2014

A Deeply Flawed Argument for a Very Good Idea Review of Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett The Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Summer 2013)

Democratic Rhapsody and Anxiety in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
Huffington Post, April 1, 2013

An Ambiguous Legacy: Hugo Chávez and the Middle East 
Salon, 8 March 2013

Featured Articles co-authored by Nader Hashemi & Danny Postel

"From Homs to Azadi Square: Iran and the Spectacle of Syria"
Iran Wire, 1 July 2014

"The Conscience of Syria: An Interview with Activist and Intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh"
Boston Review, 12 March 2014

"Use Force to Save Starving Syrians"
New York Times, 10 February 2014

featured articles by ambassador gary grappo

"Why Can't Islam United Against Violent Extremism"
Fair Observer, July 2016

"A Special Relationship"
The Cipher Brief, June 2016

"Violence Comes to My Hometown"
Fair Observer, June 2016

"Setting Lofty Goals"
The Cipher Brief, June 2016

" Is There a Future for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations? "
Fair Observer, December 2015

"Arab Military Forces to Take on ISIS: More Question with No Answers"
Fair Observer, February 2015

"More Puzzling Decision-Making From Saudi Arabia"
Fair Observer, March 2015

Featured articles by visiting scholars

Ahmed Abd Rabou: "Not a Revolution Yet" 
Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, April 2016

Ahmed Abd Rabou: "Five Years On: A new European Agenda for North Africa"
European Council on Foreign Relations, February 2016

Ahmed Abd Rabou: "The Institutionalization of Academic Freedom Violations in EgyptAl-Fanar Media, July 2015

Ahmed Abd Rabou:  "Decision Making in Egypt: What has been Changed Since Mubarak?Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, June 2015

Ahmed Abd Rabou: "The Absence of the Legislative Body and the Future of Politics in Egypt" Arab Reform Initiative, May 2015

Abdullah Al-Arian: "A State Without a State: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Social Welfare InstitutionsProject on Middle East Political Science, 30 September 2014

Mohamad Elmasry: "Egypt's Campaign of Elimination: Pro-June 30 Analysts and the Quantitative Rationalization for Egypt's Coup"
openDemocracy, 11 March 2014

Mohamad Elmasry: "A Response to Sherifa Zuhur"
Center for Middle East Studies, 20 March 2014

Featured Articles by Affiliate Faculty

David Goldfischer "Do Arguments Matter? Senator Schumer and the Politics of the Iran Deal", 2016

Micheline Ishay: "Reclaiming Human Rights: Alternative Paths to an Israeli/Palestinian Peace"
chapter in Israel and Palestine: Alternative Perspectives on Statehood", 2016

David Goldfischer "The strange case of Dr Saud and Mr Jihad"
Open Democracy, 2015

Micheline Ishay: "Violent Islamism beyond borders: Can human rights prevail?"
Philosophy & Social Criticism, 2015

Andrea Stanton: "The Hajj Stampede is Nothing New, but Raises Questions About the Future of Muslim Pilgrimage"
Political Theology Today, 2015

Tom Farer: "The Clash of Cultures, the Tension Within Liberalism, and the Proper Limits of Tolerance"
Human Rights Quarterly, 2014

Randall Kuhn: "Don't lose hope over Arab Spring", 15 January 2013
Full article from Population & Development Review available here

Micheline Ishay: "The Spring of Arab Nations? Paths Toward Democratic Transition"
Philosophy & Social Criticism, 201