Brandon FRIEDMAN, Director of Research, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University.


Dr Brandon Friedman is the Director of Research at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and the managing editor of the Center’s journal Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. His research during the past few years has focused on three primary areas. First, he continues to investigate the social origins of political reform in Saudi Arabia, in historical perspective. He has also written about regional politics since the Arab Spring, focusing on identifying the social and political processes driving the breakdown of the state order across the region, with a particular emphasis on the Saudi perception of developments in Iraq and Syria. Third, in line with a new research program, he has been working on with the Department of East Asian Studies of Tel Aviv Universit, researching China’s increasing engagement in the Middle East since the early 1990s. Professor Friedman’s doctora research focused on the political relations between the rulers of the Persian Gulf littoral during the period of British military withdrawal from the region (1968 to 1971). He reads Arabic and Persian.


Dr Friedman’s publications are available here.