Research Initiatives

Informal Politics in the Middle East

Informal Politics in the Middle East

The multiple sites of public protest and resistance seen during the Arab Spring were a result of the coalescing of different social forces and the spontaneous display of citizens’ activism…
Water and Conflict in the Middle East

Water and Conflict in the Middle East

The issue of water scarcity continues to be one of the critical challenges that the Middle East faces. The region is arguably the most water-impoverished in the world, and the…
Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East

Sports, Society, and the State in the Middle East

In the Middle East, sports have, for decades, been of pivotal importance to players (both professional and amateur), to impassioned fans and supporters, to industry and business stakeholders, to journalists…
Middle Power Politics in the Middle East

Middle Power Politics in the Middle East

This research initiative explores middle powers in the Middle East by studying the varying levels of material power, behavioral aspects, and ideational characteristics of six regional middle powers, namely Turkey,…
The “Resource Curse” in the Persian Gulf

The "Resource Curse" in the Persian Gulf

This research initiative focuses on the veracity of the resource curse thesis explanation for many of the political, social, and economic dynamics in the region in the context of the current…

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