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February 7, 2016: In London, Joseph Braude moderated a panel consisting of Essam Abdel Samad, Chairman of the Union of Egyptians in Europe; Ambassador Dennis Ross; and Koby Huberman, founder of the Israeli Regional Initiative, at an event titled “The Regional Approach to Arab-Israeli Partnership: Ancient Dreams, New Horizons.” For information about the event, read Jasmin Muhanna’s coverage in The American Interest here.

January 10, 2016: Joseph Braude’s bilingual video “Outside the Box,” comparing jihadism and organized crime and highlighting the role civil society can play in stopping both, has been screened at the offices of Solidere, the Lebanese company charged with planning and redeveloping Beirut Central District. The Solidere-controlled French-language magazine “ILoubnan” has also published a report on the video. It concludes as follows: “Obviously, the video on its own does not provide a turnkey solution to eliminate ISIS or the mafia. But the film makes it possible to change perspective on the Islamic State and on terrorism, without necessarily focusing on the ideologies chosen by the various criminal groups. To do so is crucial — and absolutely necessary.” To watch the video, click below:

January 9, 2016: Joseph Braude’s work as editorial advisor at Al-Majalla was described in the magazine’s review, “Majalla 2016: A Year of Innovation and Expansion,” as follows: “The team includes quadrilingual Middle East specialist Joseph Braude, uniquely skilled at navigating the cultural and intellectual norms of all the region’s component parts, as well as the West.”

January 5, 2016: Joseph Braude’s bilingual video “Outside the Box,” has garnered attention in 21 Arab countries and international media. It was featured in Al-Majalla’s English edition as well as its Arabic edition, and tweeted extensively in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. The video was also described in the Iraqi press, and a news release was shared by more than 200 print, online, entertainment, and broadcast outlets in the U.S. as well as media in Europe, Malaysia, India, and elsewhere.

December 9, 2016: Joseph Braude’s interview with Saudi media leader Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, covering prospects and strategies for domestic reform and a new relationship with other peoples and faiths, garnered international interest following its publication in the Hudson Institute journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology. The article was extensively cited and critiqued in Saudi Arabia, and covered in the popular Saudi youth magazine Elaph, Additionally, portions of the interview addressing a potential new thaw in relations with Israel were discussed in Israel’s English– and Hebrew– language media, the Norwegian and American press, and various blogs.

October 11, 2016: America Abroad Media, a Washington-based nonprofit that “promotes the free exchange of ideas, fosters critical thinking, and empowers self-governing citizens worldwide,” has appointed Joseph Braude to serve as Strategic Advisor for the organization’s content development and other projects in the Middle East and North Africa. To learn more about the organization, click here. To read about its founder, Aaron Lobel, click here.

October 5, 2016: Joseph Braude’s article about the eleventh-hour campaign against Irina Bokova at the UN, and the insertion of a far-right candidate for UN Secretary-General in her stead, was published simultaneously by Majalla and the Huffington Post, then widely discussed amid deliberations over the Secretary-General’s selections process. Read the latter version here. Read the former here.

September 15, 2016: Joseph Braude was contacted by Danish journalist Jacob Sheikh about an article he was writing concerning the relationship between terrorism and criminality with respect to the Syria conflict in particular. Here is an excerpt of what Sheikh went on to publish in which Braude was quoted: “‘The data I have collected, stresses that this nexus between crime and terrorism is not a marginal phenomenon. To the contrary, it is rather discussions about Islam, that are rare among,’ he said, referring to a study in which 45,254 tweets of militant jihadists were analyzed.”

September 11, 2016: Joseph Braude’s exclusive interview with Dennis Ross — covering Iran and its proxies and prospects for Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement — was published in Majalla. Read it here — and read more of Joseph Braude’s Majalla contributions here.

June 23, 2016: Joseph Braude’s research on sectarianism in Arabic television was cited in testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Aaron Lobel, President of America Abroad Media. Read it here.

June 16, 2016: Joseph Braude’s think piece, “What to Do About Saudi Arabia,” was published as an E-Note at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. It examines American misconceptions about Saudi Arabia and its institutions, the role reformists within the kingdom are playing today, and how the United States can pursue “competitive soft power” policies to encourage further reforms. Read. It subsequently ran at the Huffington Post at this link. The article was syndicated in numerous publications, and referenced in a Huffington Post commentary by Ibrahim Al Sheikh.

February 11, 2016: America Abroad Media in Washington announced a new initiative to launch religious television channels in the Middle East, tasking Joseph Braude to manage the research effort. The project subsequently led to the publication of a study on the Moroccan Islamic TV channel Al-Sadisa, a research article on the Iran-backed Iraqi broadcast Al-‘Ahd, a think piece about the challenge posed by extremist sectarian broadcasting, and other, quieter work.

January 5, 2016: Joseph Braude’s article about the execution of Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr was referenced in a Wall Street Journal editorial, an article in Foreign Policy magazine, and a commentary by Hussein Ibish.

May 8, 2015: In an article in Motherboard, Jason Koebler recounted Joseph Braude’s experiment, as a 15-year-old, in inviting five Providence mayoral candidates to participate in a game of SimCity. He tracked down some of the participants 25 years later. Read it here. The article subsequently inspired further coverage in DailyKos, in the article, “Can You Trust a Mayor Who Can’t Win SimCity?

April 26, 2015: Joseph Braude gave the keynote address at the annual champagne brunch of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. To watch, click below.

April 19, 2015: Joseph Braude’s latest article, “Why Iran Matters to South Korea — and Why South Korea’s Middle East Posture Should Matter to the United States,” was published this week as an E-Note of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Read it here.

January 23, 2015: Joseph Braude appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss the Saudi monarchy’s new line of succession following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Listen here.

January 12 2015: Joseph Braude’s new weekly column in Al-Ahdath al-Maghrebiya, Morocco’s third largest daily newspaper, debuted today with an article about the “Muslim Apologies” phenomenon in the United States. Read it here.

September 23, 2014: Co-written with Ahmed Charai, Joseph Braude’s piece in today’s National Interest explains why some women from Muslim countries and the West have joined ISIS, and how others can help defeat it. Read it here.

June 29, 2014: Joseph Braude’s article in the “American Interest” features a multimedia presentation on how Arab youth in Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working to promote critical thinking in their societies. Read it here.

June 14, 2014: Joseph Braude was quoted in the Boston Globe in an article about the future of Iraq. Other foreign affairs specialists quoted in the piece included former U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, former Council on Foreign Relations President Leslie Gelb, and American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Frederick W. Kagan.

February 19, 2014: Joseph Braude’s article on Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, published in Tablet Magazine, illuminates a dilemma in American policies toward Arabic media and Arab security services. Read it here.

December 11, 2013: A new research study by Joseph, “Local Media in Support of Political Reform in North Africa,” appears in a new book, out this month, called Towards Democratic Transitions: The Case of North Africa. 

On November 20, 2013, Foreign Policy Research Institute President Alan Luxenberg noted the cultural significance of Joseph Braude’s work on Moroccan radio, in his article, “Competing Faces of Islam.” Read it here or here. (The article from which Luxenberg quoted may also be read here.)

November 11, 2013: Islamic History Meets Hollywood! A new episode of “Eye on Arabia” Joseph Braude chronicles two pivotal slave rebellions with the help of Don Vito Corleone, R2D2, and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

October 21, 2013: Joseph’s latest Arabic podcast examines two new articles in the American media on democracy and dictatorship.

September 19, 2013: Joseph Braude‘s latest podcast, “Iranian War Games,” speaks to the dramatic news out of Tehran, featuring rare sound from American and Iranian war games and a frank conversation with Brookings Iran expert Kenneth Pollack. To listen to more podcasts by Joseph, click here.

On August 15, 2013, Joseph launched “Eye on Arabia,” a new weekly podcast featuring mini-documentaries, exclusive interviews, and field reports on Arab politics and culture. The iTunes store featured it among “New and Noteworthy” podcasts for the ten days following the launch. Click here to subscribe via iTunes, or here to stream the latest episodes.

August 15, 2013: Joseph Braude was interviewed on Al-Arabiya by anchorwoman Souhair al-Qaisi about his Atlantic Magazine article concerning the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf. To watch, click below. To view more videos, click here.

On August 8, 2013, Joseph Braude appeared on Al-Arabiya news network to share exclusive reporting on a new violent mutation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf states. Click here to watch it (Arabic), or here to read the article in English on which the interview is based.

April 7, 2013: Joseph Braude’s research into the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot “Hizb al-Ummah,” first published in The Atlantic, was cited in an article by Tony Badran in the Lebanon-based online magazine Now.

On April 1, 2013, Joseph Braude was asked to provide comment to CBS News on the damaging and looting of the ancient Jobar synagogue in Damascus – a casualty of the Syrian civil war. Read here.

March 20, 2013: Joseph Braude introduced the nature and purpose of the Al-Mesbar Center for Studies and Research at a symposium of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Washington. Watch below.

On March 5, 2013, Joseph appeared on Russian television’s Arabic satellite channel to discuss John Kerry’s visit to Egypt.  View it here.

On January 21, 2013 in the Bahraini capital Manama, Joseph Braude gave a lecture on American-Bahraini relations at Al-Muntada, a public discussion forum.  Read the transcript here.

January 20, 2013: Joseph Braude’s article, “Radio Beijing in the Middle East,” appears in The American Interest today. It covers how the Chinese government uses Arabic-language media to advance its soft power objectives in the Middle East and North Africa. Read.

January 13, 2013: Joseph Braude‘s article on the Korean Broadcasting Service Arabic section was simul-published in Arabic in Asharq Al-Awsat daily newspaper and Al-Majalla magazine. Read it here.

On November 21, 2011, Joseph Braude attended the High Atlas Foundation’s “Moroccan Film Festival,” a fundraising event in New York, and delivered a broadcast about the proceedings on his weekly Moroccan national radio commentary, “Letter from New York.” For more information, click here.

November 1, 2011: While on tour in Australia, Joseph Braude appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s national weekly talk show, “Conversations with Richard Fidler,” in an episode titled, “How Joseph Braude Shadowed Moroccan Detectives to Trace a Mystery.” Listen here.

On July 25, 2011, an interview with Joseph Braude, titled “A Westerner in an Arab Kingdom’s Ranks,” was published by the Foreign Policy Association’s Robert Lattin. Read it here.

On June 28th, 2011 at 6 pm, a reading by Joseph Braude and launch party for The Honored Dead will be held at Corner Bookstore in New York City, 1313 Madison Avenue.  To RSVP, click here.

On June 7, 2011, Tablet Magazine published an excerpt from Joseph Braude‘s book, The Honored Dead.  Read it here.

On May 28th, 2011, The Honored Dead, by Spiegel & Grau author Joseph Braude, was picked by the Christian Science Monitor among “20 of The Smartest Nonfiction Titles for Summer Reading.”

On May 17th, 2011 at 7:30, Joseph Braude spoke at the Food for Thought forum on the Arab spring, Osama Bin Laden’s death, and implications for North Africa and the Middle East and the role of the United States within it.  The talk was held at Pete’s Tavern in New York City.

February 14, 2006: Joseph Braude was quoted in a USA Today article about the Danish cartoons controversy.