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Center for Middle East Studies

Journal and News Publications


Nader Hashemi - Director & Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics 

"Donald Trump and the Strangling of Persia"
Al Jazeera English, July 11, 2019

"Help Us Share the Knowledge That Will Stem This Rising Tide of Hate"
(Co-written with Andrea Stanton and Sarah Pessin)
The Denver Post, October 29, 2018

"Playing with Fire: Trump, the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry, and the Geopolitics of Sectarianization in the Middle East"
(Co-written with Danny Postel)
IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2018

"Iran, Saudi Arabia and Modern Hatreds"
(Co-written with Danny Postel)
The New York Times, May 15, 2018

"Surely Some Mistake. Why Did ISIS Attack Iran?"
Newsweek, June 15, 2017

"The Arab Spring Unleashed a Wave of Torture and Abuse"
Newsweek, April 28, 2017

"Obama's Syria Mistake is now Trump's Problem"
, April 9, 2017

"Rethinking Religion and Political Legitimacy Across the Islam–West Divide"
Book chapter in Toward New Democratic Imaginaries - İstanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics (Springer, 2016)

"Toward a Political Theory of Sectarianism in the Middle East: The Salience of Authoritarianism over Theology"
Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, May 2016

"Taking the long road: Iranian-Canadian relations after Homa Hoodfar's release"
The Globe and Mail

"Islam and Democracy"
Book chapter in  The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, Edited by John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin (Oxford University Press, 2016) 

"The ISIS Crisis and the Broken Politics of the Arab World: A Framework for Understanding Radical Islamism"
Book chapter in  Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge Press, 2017).

"Charles Taylor's A Secular Age and Secularization from Below in Iran,"
Book Chapter in: A Secular Age Beyond the West (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

"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)


Ambassador Gary Grappo - Distinguished Fellow 

"Can the Saudi Call for Ceasefire in Yemen Work?"
The Fair Observer, April 13, 2020

"As President, Donald Trump Has a Duty"
The Fair Observer, April 8, 2020

"With Trump's Peace Plan on the Table, Palestinians Face and Existential Decision "
The Fair Observer, January 31, 2020

"Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman"
The Fair Observer, January 13, 2020

"Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?"
The Fair Observer, January 10, 2020

"Another Middle East War Is Internationalized"
The Fair Observer, September 18, 2019

"For Iran, Options Are Few and Prospects Are Grim"
The Fair Observer, June 18, 2019

"The Mecca Summits: Is Something Going On?"
The Fair Observer, June 1, 2019

"The End of the Iran Nuclear Deal"
The Fair Observer, May 10, 2019

"Burns' Back Channel to the Head of the Line"
The Cipher Brief, April 16, 2019

"Setting U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia on a Correction Course"
The Cipher Brief, February 21, 2019

"Pompeo Attempts US Reset in the Middle East"
The Fair Observer, January 16, 2019

"James Mattis: Who Will Keep Trump in Check Now?"
The Fair Observer, December 23, 2018

"The US President Attacks NATO"
The Fair Observer, July 12, 2018

"Trump in Ottawa and Singapore: The World Turned Upside Down"
The Fair Observer, June 13, 2018

"America under Trump: From Global Bridge Building to Demolition"
The Fair Observer, June 9, 2018

"North Korea's Denuclearization: Is Cuba a Better Model than Libya?"
The Cipher Brief, May 25, 2018 

"The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is So Predictable"
The Fair Observer, May 17, 2018

"Trump Is Out: What Next for the Iran Deal?"
The Fair Observer, May 10, 2018

"Syrian Civil War Escalates to International Crisis"
The Fair Observer, April 12, 2018

"The Saudi Royal Schmooze Tour"
The Fair Observer, March 23, 2018

"The Magical, Mystery Tour of the Middle East"
The Fair Observer, February 19, 2018

"Putin Learning The Hard Lessons Of The Middle East"
News and Guts, February 11, 2018

"Is America's Balancing Act in the Gulf Sustainable?"
The Cipher Brief, February 9, 2018

"Grappo: Palestinians Must Ditch Old Leaders, Chart New Course"
The Cipher Brief, January 18, 2018

"Extinguishing the World's Oldest Democratic Project"
Fair Observer, January 3, 2018

"America's Absence from the Global Stage"
Fair Observer, December 1, 2017

"With No End in Sight, Gulf Blockade Nudges Qatar Closer to Iran"
The Cipher Brief, November 3, 2017

"Commentary: In France, Savoring a Day When Americans Were the Good Guys"
Orlando Sentinel, September 8, 2017

"Donald Trump's Month of Decision"
Fair Observer, September 8, 2017

"Gulf States Need to Compromise with Qatar"
The Cipher Brief, June 2017

"China Looking to Expand Saudi Trade Via Renewable Energy, Petrochemicals"
The Cipher Brief, June 2017

"Globalization: Made in the USA"
American Diplomacy, June 2017 

"The Not So Cooperative Gulf Cooperation Council"
Fair Observer, June 2017

"America's Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy"
Fair Observer, May 2017

"Ex-ambassador to Rex Tillerson: You're wrong, values matter in America"
Orlando Sentinel, May 2017

"Trump-Abbas Meeting: Hold Off on the Ululating and Mazel Tovs"
Fair Observer, May 2017

"Making Iraq Great Again"
The Cipher Brief, April 2017

"Saudi-Iranian Tension Drives GCC Policy"
The Cipher Brief, February 2017

"Obama Leaves No Legacy in the Middle East"
Fair Observer, January 2017

"Six Ways to Recommit to the US Partnership with Saudi Arabia"
The Cipher Brief, January 2017

"Can Trump Break the Status Quo in Israeli-Palestinian Relations"
The Cipher Brief, January 2017

"Democracy in a Nation Divided"
Fair Observer, January 2017

"If Saudi Arabia Could Vote"
The Cipher Brief, September 2016

"In Defense of Globalization"
The Cipher Brief, July 2016

"Globalization: Made in the USA"
Fair Observer, July 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


Ahmed Abd Rabou - Affiliate 

"Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East"
E-book published by the Arab Reform Initiative 

"Not a Revolution Yet"
Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, April 2016

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

"The Institutionalization of Academic Freedom Violations in Egypt
Al-Fanar Media, July 2015

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

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

Affiliate Faculty Members


Micheline Ishay

"The Arab Uprisings and the Future of Human Rights"
Book chapter in Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge Press, 2017).

"Reclaiming Human Rights: Alternative Paths to an Israeli/Palestinian Peace"
co-authored with David Kretzmer, book chapter in Israel and Palestine: Alternative Perspectives on Statehood , (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

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

 "The Spring of Arab Nations? Paths Toward Democratic Transition"
Philosophy & Social Criticism, 2014


David Goldfischer

"'Peace for our time?' Helsinki 2018 and Munich 1938"
The Denver Post, July 16, 2018

"President Trump's dangerous decision on Iran"
The Denver Post, May 12, 2018

"The United States and its Key Gulf Allies: A New Foundation for a Troubled Partnership?"
Book chapter in  The Small Gulf States: Foreign and Security Policies before and after the Arab Spring (Routledge, 2017).

"The strange case of Dr Saud and Mr Jihad"
openDemocracy, 2016

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


Jonathon Sciarcon

"The erosion of bipartisan support for Israel"
The Denver Post

"Reagan, Obama, and Israel: Historical Context, Uncomfortable Comparisons"
E-International Relations

  "Trump and Israel: Big-League Issues and Huge Repercussions"
E-International Relations

"Expanding the mission: The Alliance Israélite Universelle, the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Jewish Boys' School in Basra, 1890–1903"
International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies 

"The Obama Administration and Israel: Aberration or Harbinger of Change?"
E-International Relations 

"A New Direction? Trump, the Republicans, and the US-Israeli Future"
E-International Relations


Andrea Stanton

"Introduction" & "Who Heard What When: Learning from Radio Broadcasting Hours and Programs in Jerusalem
International Journal of Middle East Studies, Feb 2016.

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

"Broadcasting a Nationalist Modernity: Arabic Programming on the Palestine -Broadcasting Service under 'Ajaj Nuwayhid 1940–1943"
in Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation , edited by Lena Jayyusi (Olive Branch Press, 2015), 73-86.

"Celebrating Muhammad's Birthday in the Middle East: Supporting or Complicating Muslim Identity Projects?" 
Book chapter in  Identity Discourses and Communities in International Events, Festivals, and Spectacles (Palgrave, 2014)


Danny Postel

"Theaters of Coercion: Intellectuals and activists have struggled to transform Iran. But Tehran's role in the changing landscape of the Middle East has become the defining story"
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas 

"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

"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)