Article / Amir Tauber

So what does President Abbas really say about the right of return?

Debunking the widespread myth that President Abbas speaks in forked tongues, the article illustrates that he makes the same argument in most of the forums he speaks: he is willing to make a compromise regarding the refugees
Article / Elizabeth Tsurkov

Reaping the Benefits of War

In the coming years, as Syria grapples with a devastated economy, the force primarily responsible for the damage, the Assad regime, will likely reap political gains from the reconstruction drive, which is already being used for demographic and economic engineering benefitting regime cronies.
Article / Yaël Ronen

Palestinians in East Jerusalem as “indigenous residents”

In 2017, the Israeli High Court of Justice reframed the legal status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Will it go further and give full legal effect to this special status?
Article / Iris Fruchter-Ronen

Breaking the Silence in Iran

The deteriorating economy and ongoing oppression have sparked massive protests throughout Iran in recent weeks. Contemporary Iranian cinema points a harsh finger at the regime, portraying the double lives that people lead in order to cope with its restrictions
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 / Raz Zimmt

The growing power of women in Iran

More women are taking on leadership roles in Iranian cities. While making progress on the local level, they are generating a confrontation with parts of the religious establishment, and are far from being included in national decision-making
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 / 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 / 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
Netanyahu, Abbas and the elephant in the room
22.02.2018  /  Elhanan Miller The Israeli and Palestinian ruling parties smell blood and are calling on their leaders to go right. Both Netanyahu and Read more
Regional Affairs
Reaping the Benefits of War
06.02.2018  /  Elizabeth Tsurkov In the coming years, as Syria grapples with a devastated economy, the force primarily responsible for the damage, the Assad Read more
Religion & State
The Religiosity Challenge in Analyzing Islamist Movements
07.09.2017  /  Adam Hoffman Ignoring the religiosity of ISIS and other Islamist movements is characteristic of many Western commentators and analysts, but these movements Read more