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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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New Polls: West Bankers Oppose Both Armed Revolt and U.S. Talks

David Pollock

Two fresh Palestinian public opinion polls taken in October paint a strikingly mixed picture of popular attitudes among the roughly 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The biggest surprise is that on many peace process issues, these Palestinians voice a harder political line than do their kinfolk in Gaza.

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Infighting in Nidaa Tounes: A Danger to Tunisia’s Democracy?

Amir Mastouri

Tunisia is the Arab Spring’s single democratic success story, and has remained so—though not without hiccups—for the past seven years. Yet the struggle between the President’s son Hafedh Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed is increasingly pushing the government into a position where it is unable to respond to Tunisia’s economic and social challenges in an effective manner.

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The Overlap of Media, Culture, and Intelligence in Iran

Firas Elias

The Iranian regime has adopted a clearly-defined political strategy through which it aims to spread its ideology and strengthen its influence beyond Iran’s geographic borders. The regime views the triple-pronged approach of culture, media, and intelligence as an effective tool that will allow it to win the hearts and minds of youth in the Middle East and beyond.