Center for Strategic Communication

Predictions are Hard: MEC Week in Review, June 28

If a group of Middle East analysts had been asked two years ago to rank which Arab heads of state were most likely to still be in power by the end of June 2013, the Emir of Qatar would almost certainly have been ranked #1.  And for good reason: relatively young and...

The evolution of Arab public opinion research

How reliable is public opinion survey research in the Arab world?  What lessons should we draw from its findings for policy or for academic hypothesis testing? Has the proliferation of new research, of varying quality, improved the state of our knowledge? In last...

Sliding Down the Syrian Slope

President Obama’s move to increase the public flow of arms to selected Syrian rebels is probably his worst foreign policy decision since taking office. It is basically the Afghan surge decision redux: long months of grueling internal deliberation about whether...

New: the Syria intervention debate and an MB review

 Just some links to some new articles of mine which you may find of interest:   The Syria (Intervention) Strategy Vaccuum:  my weekly FP column looks at the policy implications of defining Syria’s conflict as either a front in a regional war against Iran or a...

The World Through Arab Eyes

  Shibley Telhami has long been interested not only in what mass Arab publics think, but how their attitudes affect the foreign policies of Arab regimes and how they should affect American policy in the Middle East. His new book, The World Through Arab Eyes, offers a...