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Experts tackle Syria conflict and its global impact

  October 10, 2013 by Jason Kornwitz Three Middle East experts discussed the civil war in Syria on Tuesday evening at Northeastern. From left to right, Rami Khouri, Valentine Moghadam, and Franck Salameh. Photo by Brooks Canaday. Polit­ical jour­nalist Rami Khouri char­ac­ter­izes the Syrian con­flict as history’s “biggest proxy war,” one in which the majority of actors believe  Continue Reading »

Carnegie Corporation grant

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Middle East Center will establish the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies (BCARS) in partnership with faculty around the Boston area; the Consortium will also include scholars and policy analysts from Beirut and Cairo. Prof. Denis Sullivan, Co-Director of the Middle East Center, is the  Continue Reading »

How politically effective is terrorism?

September 13, 2013 by Jason Kornwitz Why do some mil­i­tant groups con­tinue to use ter­rorism when it’s polit­i­cally inef­fec­tive, even coun­ter­pro­duc­tive? The answer lies in their lead­er­ship deficits, according to Max Abrahms, a ter­rorism the­o­rist and newly appointed assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence whose research over the last decade has thor­oughly exam­ined the question. “Foot  Continue Reading »

The U.S. must intervene in Syria, but in a three-fold manner

By Denis J. Sullivan, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, Northeastern University The U.S. should not bomb Syria. By bombing Syria, the U.S. sides with the rebels: the good, the bad, and the fanatical; yet it will not end the tyranny of the Assad regime.  Continue Reading »

3Qs: What we can expect from Iran’s new president

June 26, 2013 by Matt Collette Ear­lier this month Iran elected a new pres­i­dent, Hassan Rowhani, who will take over for Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadinejad, who was inel­i­gible to run for a third term. We asked Val Moghadam, a pro­fessor of soci­ology and inter­na­tional affairs and director of the inter­na­tional affairs depart­ment, to examine how Iran’s  Continue Reading »

Scholar of Israel to co-​​direct Middle East Center at Northeastern

June 12, 2013 by Emily Rosenbaum Israel and Middle East expert Dov Waxman will join North­eastern Uni­ver­sity as pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, inter­na­tional affairs, and Israel studies and co-​​director of the Middle East Center. Waxman, a renowned scholar of Israeli pol­i­tics and for­eign policy, Arab-​​Israeli rela­tions, and Middle East pol­i­tics, will bring his exper­tise to North­eastern in the  Continue Reading »