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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Recognizing the Limitations of American Influence in Iran

| Feb. 14, 2018

It is time for a reality check: despite claims to the contrary by Iran’s supreme leader, the United States is not the central actor in the drama that recently unfolded in Iran, nor was it the central actor in Egypt back in 2011. The mass protests that forced the Egyptian dictator from power were driven by the Egyptian public’s growing disenchantment with decades of political, economic and social mismanagement by a succession of military rulers. Contemporary observers noted with surprise the absence of references to the United States or other foreign-policy considerations during the protests. The demonstrators’ recurrent chant—“bread, freedom, social justice and human dignity”—encapsulated the domestic motivations behind the public’s mobilization.

A view of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

AP Photo/Oded Balilty

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Event Podcast: Jerusalem in Context: Place, People, and Politics

Feb. 13, 2018

A panel discussion with Salim Tamari, Spring 2018 Shawwaf Visiting Professor, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Birzeit University; Anat Biletski, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac University; and Robert Danin, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow, Future Diplomacy Project, HKS.

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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources

| 2018

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.

U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, right, and Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon exchange handshakes

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Analysis & Opinions - The Times of Israel

Israel is Fighting BDS the Wrong Way

| Feb. 12, 2018

Fifty years of efforts have failed to convince the international community of the merits of the settlement policy, which it considers counterproductive, first and foremost, to Israel’s own interest in maintaining its Jewish and democratic character and in achieving peace. No matter how much Israel invests in the battle against BDS and delegitimization, it will not be able to change the international image that Israel has come to bear the primary responsibility for the diplomatic impasse.

AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno

AP Photo/Iranian Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno

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Event Podcast: Ali Ahmad "Does the Middle East Really Need Nuclear Power?"

Feb. 08, 2018

Audio recording of a February 08, 2018 MEI Seminar with Ali Ahmad, Scholar In-Residence and Director, Energy Policy and Security in the Middle East Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut.