In-depth Analysis / Yoni Mendel

The Arabists’ Jungle: An Israeli-Arab Affair

As long as the general Israeli attitude to the Arab world persists and the Israeli mediators of the Middle East are cast in the current mold; as long as the mixture of suspicion and secrecy, heroism and masculinity, militarism and hostility, exoticization and romanticization is present in every meeting of Jew and Arab — we will remain under the curse of the Mistaʿaravim
Article / Katie Wachsberger

Khaliji Women Writers: Challenging Patriarchal Structures

Despite their critical and often subversive act of challenging patriarchal structures that make up the Gulf states through stories, many of the Khaliji Women Writers are rewarded socially and intellectually for their work
Article / Einat Levi

Casablanca: Insights on Jewish Presence

The Jewish community in Morocco is shrinking, but the memory of its robust past lives on in the community of Muslim majority. Surprisingly, young Muslim Moroccans seek to revive the Moroccan Jewish heritage and present it formally in the public domain. Will the remaining Jews in Morocco cooperate?
Article / Ella Aphek

Testing the waters for change in Arab discourse

In “alternative writing”, Arab intellectuals and publicists reveal preference for classical press over social media as a means for conveying unusual messages such as praise for Israel and criticism of Arabs
Article / Raz Zimmt

Iranians Don’t Believe Netanyahu

Earlier this year, Israeli PM sent a direct message to the Iranian people in which he distinguished them from their regime. Yet many Iranians, including prominent critics of the regime, are suffering the daily consequences of his policy and did not accept the proffer of friendship
Article / Ayelet Levi

Security or Politics behind Morocco Burqa Ban?

Morocco’s Interior Ministry decided to ban the manufacture and sale of the ‘burqa’, sparking debate over Islamic identity and civil liberties in the kingdom. Was this an initiated crisis indicating King Mohammed VI’s displeasure with the Islamic ruling party?
Article / Marzouq Alhalabi

Breaking the cycle of fear through joint action

The government's fearmongering is taking its toll even on Israeli Jews with a strong moral backbone, including intellectuals to whom I owe much of my moral and critical development. We must break this cycle together
Article / Assaf David

UNSC Resolution 2334: Too little, too late

Instead of a wakeup call early on in Obama’s term, which would have set the tone for a new legal and diplomatic approach to Israel in the international community, we got a slap in the face that came too late. UNSCR 2334 will only anger the Israeli right and the Trump administration, goading them into further defiance against the UN, the Israeli left, and the Palestinians
Article / Raz Zimmt

Marrying Late: Young Adults and the Marriage Crisis in Iran

The reasons for Iran’s marriage crisis run deeper than the economy: they are also tied to growing exposure to Western values, primarily through new media and social networks. The regime’s failure to raise the birth rate in recent years attests to the limits of its power over its citizens, and especially the younger ones.
Article / Nimrod Hurvitz

Fear and Faith: the Strengths, Weaknesses and Delusions of Isis

Western rhetoric has become a weapon in ISIS’ arsenal. If Western pundits and politicians wish to stop being the unwitting accomplices of ISIS, they need to speak about the organization more professionally and responsibly
Article / Oren Barak

The Allure of Military Leaders in the Middle East

Military leaders enter politics in response to real needs, but may perpetuate flawed military-civilian relations throughout the Middle East
Domestic Affairs
The Arabists’ Jungle: An Israeli-Arab Affair
03.11.2017  /  Yoni Mendel As long as the general Israeli attitude to the Arab world persists and the Israeli mediators of the Middle East Read more
Regional Affairs
Khaliji Women Writers: Challenging Patriarchal Structures
17.10.2017  /  Katie Wachsberger Despite their critical and often subversive act of challenging patriarchal structures that make up the Gulf states through stories, many Read more
Religion & State
Security or Politics behind Morocco Burqa Ban?
08.02.2017  /  Ayelet Levi Morocco’s Interior Ministry decided to ban the manufacture and sale of the ‘burqa’, sparking debate over Islamic identity and civil Read more