Dina Esfandiary

Dina Esfandiary is a fellow at The Century Foundation. Her research focuses on Persian Gulf security, Iran’s foreign relations, and relations between states and non-proliferation in the Middle East.  She is also an international security program research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Prior to this, she was

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Daniel Benaim

Daniel Benaim is a fellow at The Century Foundation. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and part-time faculty in the Program in International Relations at New York University (NYU). Benaim works on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Previously, he served as Middle East policy adviser and

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Roundtable: Middle East Strained by COVID-19, But Not Transformed

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): DANIEL BENAIM, THANASSIS CAMBANIS, DINA ESFANDIARY, MICHAEL WAHID HANNA, ARON LUND AND DAHLIA SCHEINDLIN Original Link:  https://tcf.org/content/report/roundtable-middle-east-strained-covid-19-not-transformed/ The COVID-19 pandemic represents the greatest threat to global public health in over a century. Its considerable impact is also being felt on...

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Christians and Other Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Elizabeth Monier Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christians-religious-minorities-middle-east-questions-elizabeth-monier/ Thanassis Cambanis: You’ve said that Christians in the Middle East represent different denominational, ethnic, and linguistic identities. Is it unproductive to talk about Middle Eastern Christians as a homogenous...

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Secular-Islamist Teamwork: Questions for Rabab El Mahdi

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Rabab El-Mahdi Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/secular-islamist-teamwork-questions-rabab-el-mahdi/ Thanassis Cambanis: Your experience in the Egyptian presidential campaign of 2012 seems like it’s still relevant today, because it’s one of the only examples in contemporary politics where leftists and Communists partnered up with a...

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Excluded and Unequal

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): MICHAEL WAHID HANNA Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christian-exclusion-from-egypts-security-state/ In November 2018, in a tragic scene that has by now become all too familiar, Copts converged on al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo on the banks of the Nile. They were there to bury seven victims of a militant

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Innovative Arab Media and the New Outlines of Citizenship

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lina Attalah Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/innovative-arab-media-new-outlines-citizenship/ Trying to work in free and critical media in Egypt in the last few years has at times been a lonely endeavor. Even at its best moments, reporting and writing for Mada Masr, the Cairo-based independent media outlet I cofounded in 2013, can feel...

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The Crisis of LGBTQ Communities in Egypt: Questions for Ahmed El Hady

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Ahmed El Hady Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/crisis-lgbtq-communities-egypt-questions-ahmed-el-hady/ Thanassis Cambanis: What is the state of the LGBTQ community in Egypt right now? Ahmed El Hady: We are experiencing a crisis of existence and survival. We are being killed, put in prison, committing suicide. In 2018, we had 122...

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The Social Justice Blind Spots in the New Arab Constitutions

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Zaid Al-Ali Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/social-justice-blind-spots-new-arab-constitutions/ The Arab uprisings that began at the end of 2010 were motivated by a number of concerns, not least of which were unacceptably low standards of living and growing inequality in much of the region. The millions of people who participated in the...

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Creating a Constituency for Secularism: Questions for Lama Abu-Odeh

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lama Abu-Odeh Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/creating-constituency-secularism-questions-lama-abu-odeh/ Thanassis Cambanis: There’s a trend that’s really taken hold in analyses of Middle Eastern politics and culture, exemplified by the writers Talal Asad and the late Saba Mahmood, which holds that the only way to critically investigate...

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