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The Hasib J. Sabbagh Chair in Middle East Studies

The endowed chair supports a leading scholar or policymaker who will provide insightful analysis on current developments throughout the Middle East.

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

A line of Iranian flags wave in a square in Tehran.

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Robert Malley and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran.

Podcast Iran

June 12, 2015

China
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Corruption in China, Mediterranean Migrant Crisis, Child Labor, and Turkish Elections

This is the third post of a new series on the Development Channel, "This Week in Markets and Democracy." Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s no…

Migrant Boat Edited

January 9, 2018

Religion
Protests and Counterprotests in Iran

Ray Takeyh, the Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses protests and counterprotests in Iran, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Polic…

June 9, 2015

Turkey
Media Call: Turkey's General Election

Steven A. Cook, CFR Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, breaks down Turkey's general election, in which the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary…

October 6, 2011

Egypt
Egypt’s Democratic Quest: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

Egypt’s 2011 revolution marks the latest chapter in Egyptians’ longtime struggle for greater democratic freedoms. In this video, Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Easter…

September 19, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Prospects for Palestinian Statehood

Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the prospects and implications of the Palestinian bid for UN recognition of stateh…

August 11, 2011

Homeland Security
9/11 Perspectives: Transformation in U.S. Middle East Policy

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior…

January 9, 2014

Egypt
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Ban: Three Things to Know

The Egyptian government’s ban of the Muslim Brotherhood and its classification as a terrorist organization is unlikely to uproot the organization, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook.