The Battle to Defeat Confessional Politics in Lebanon and Beyond

By Daniel Brumberg From Algiers to Baghdad, some quarters of the Arab world are now witnessing an uprising of a mobilized and angry middle class which––by dint of its education, economic interests, institutional resources, and globalized consciousness––is seeking a deep… Continue Reading  

By Electing Kais Saied, Tunisians Recast Their National Politics

By Daniel Brumberg The Tunisian electorate has handed the independent candidate Kais Saied a huge victory. With 73 percent of the vote against Nabil Karoui’s 27 percent, he now has a mandate. But to do what precisely? Saied’s election signals the electorate’s… Continue Reading  

Is an American-Iranian Dialogue Coming?

by Daniel Brumberg When it comes to the clash between the Trump Administration and the Iranian government, three days can seem like a lifetime. This point was displayed by the sequence of events that began with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad… Continue Reading  

Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy after Essebsi

by Daniel Brumberg The passing of President Beji Caid Essebsi leaves a huge political void in Tunisia’s fraught politics. His death comes not only against the backdrop of an escalating economic crisis but also in the wake of an intensifying… Continue Reading  

Hard Choices Facing Tehran and Washington

by Daniel Brumberg Perhaps Iran has done the Trump Administration a favor by announcing that it has moved to enrich uranium at five percent, thus violating the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA).… Continue Reading