With so many pieces published each week at Brookings, we wanted to take a moment and highlight some of what’s been happening around our halls in recent days on issues related to the Middle East.
The U.S. Relations with the Islamic World Project just released two fascinating papers on the Islamic State (ISIS). The paper— by Nonresident Senior Fellow J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan, a senior developer at Ushahidi— examines the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter, and he also wrote a blog post for Order from Chaos explaining the highlights from his findings. Berger’s paper was launched on Wednesday alongside an analysis paper by Cole Bunzel, a ph.d. candidate at Princeton University, From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State, which argues that eliminating ISIS leaders such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would significantly weaken the group. Click here to watch the launch event for these papers.
Finally, Israelis head to the polls next week. We trust you’ve been reading the excellent coverage by Natan Sachs, fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, and Lauren Mellinger, senior research assistant, in our Israeli Elections Series, but hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to Sachs on Lawfare’s podcast, discussing Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week in Washington.