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The Iranian Deep State: Understanding The Politics Of Transition In The Islamic Republic

by Sanam Vakil, Hossein Rassamvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 12, 2020

An analysis of the deep state is essential to understanding the current and future trajectory of politics in Iran. The Iranian deep state is composed of an intricate security, intelligence, and economic superstructure whose goal is to preserve the fundamental revolutionary nature, vision, and security of the Islamic Republic.

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Mr. Magoo In Turkey

by Michael Doranvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Even a kerfuffle can reveal a strategic blunder. In December 2019, the New York Times editorial board taped an interview with former Vice President Joe Biden. A segment dealing with US-Turkish relations did not make the final cut, but eight months later, on August 15, 2020, it surfaced on the internet and sparked outrage in Turkey.

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Middle East Policy In An Age Of Constraint

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The American public has grown war weary, with no enthusiasm to return to a grand agenda for the Middle East. This reluctance is the major constraint on future policy, and it has multiple causes.

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Russia And American Power In The Middle East

by Robert Servicevia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Nothing is stranger than the notion, widely held, that Russia is a newcomer to the Middle East. After extending its rule to what is now called southern Ukraine in the late eighteenth century its territories bordered on the vast Ottoman Empire.

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Breaking The Cycle: The Need For A Sustainable, Long-Term Policy In The Middle East

by H. R. McMastervia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The inability of the United States, in cooperation with like-minded nations, to implement a consistent policy toward the greater Middle East and North Africa region (spanning Morocco in the west to Iran in the east and encompassing the northern countries of Syria and Iraq to the southern countries of Sudan and Yemen) has contributed to the extent of the region’s unravelling, diminishing American influence there.

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Is China Pivoting To The Middle East?

by Paul Wolfowitzvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

From the beginning, the “Pivot to Asia,” announced with some fanfare in late 2011 by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, was more about politics than strategy. It provided the appearance of a strategic rationale for the American retreat from the Middle East with its “endless wars,” taking advantage of our new-found “energy independence” to focus instead on the Asia-Pacific with its growing importance for American economic and security interests.

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The Middle East And The Major World Powers

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

At this disrupted time centered around the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all parts of the globe might there be a way to assess the relative standing of national regimes and the geographical regions as fields in which their interests may compete?

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The Pandemic In The Middle East: Unexpected Results And Pending Shifts

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

As bad as the cumulative impact of COVID-19 in terms of loss of life has been, it has been less devastating than initially predicted. At least such are the results to date, in mid-May 2020.

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Covid-19 And Middle Eastern Tyranny

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In the democratic West, many expect there to be a post–Covid-19 reckoning. That politicians who did poorly in handling the pandemic will fall from office. There isn’t a clear understanding of what virological competence in a leader ought to look like (Angela Merkel appears, for now, to be the exemplar), but many executives in the more severely infected nations—for example, Donald Trump, Emanuel Macron, and Boris Johnson—aren’t role models and should be punished.

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Mackinder’s Return

by Matt Trevithick via The Caravan
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Halford Mackinder began his sketch on a spare map in 1904 by putting his pencil down on a point near the seas north of Russias St. Petersburg, by the Kanin Peninsula. From there, he laid down a southward graphite trail, bending west to incorporate Moscow, then heading south once more, threading between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea until he stopped barely above the Persian Gulf. 

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Saudi Arabia In Crisis

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Saudi Arabia in Crisis" on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST.

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Elections in the Middle East

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Elections in the Middle East" on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 12:15pm - 1:30pm EST. 

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Realism And Democracy: American Foreign Policy After The Arab Spring

Monday, November 6, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring" on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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Israel Facing A New Middle East: In Search Of A National Security Strategy

Monday, July 17, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Israel Facing a New Middle East: In Search of a National Security Strategy" on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST.

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White Helmets Discussion: Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion with the White Helmets on their humanitarian efforts in Syria on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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In This Arab Time, by Ajami
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In In This Arab Time, Ajami marries historical analysis and personal perspective to inform thinking on current Middle East struggle

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press today released In This Arab Time, by the late Fouad Ajami, Hoover Institution senior fellow. In this collection of thought-provoking essays, Ajami  brings into focus the current struggles of the Middle East through detailed historical analysis and a personal perspective immersed in the literature of the time and place.

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Iraq after America: Strongmen, Sectarians, Resistance

In Iraq After America, Rayburn Focuses on Why Iraq Is Too Important to Disregard

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Hoover Institution Press today released Iraq after America by Colonel Joel Rayburn, a contributor to the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.

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The Caravan: Obama’s Second Term – Middle Eastern Memos.

Hoover Caravan traverses postelection landscape in the Middle East

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hoover Caravan is a product of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, cochaired by Hoover fellows Charles Hill and Fouad Ajami, with the active participation of John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution. Participants gather in a round-table discussion format to discuss various topics and ideas. The contributors write 750-word essays and columns that can be seen on Advancing a Free Society: The Caravan.

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Hoover Institution Releases Book Examining the Future of Turkish Identity Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism By Zeyno Baran

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Stanford

Hoover Institution Press today released Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism, by Zeyno Baran. In Torn Country, she examines the intense struggle between Turkey’s secularists and Islamists in their recent battle to define Turkish identity.

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What is going on with Turkey?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Zeyno Baran is a contributor to the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Eurasian Policy, and a senior fellow at the Hudson's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. In her latest book, Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism, she examines the intense struggle between Turkey’s secularists and Islamists in their most recent battles over their country’s destination.

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