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Islam in a Changing Middle East
New Challenges for Islamist Movements
A POMEPS Panel

From the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the regional suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood and decline of Ennahda’s prominence in Tunisia, Islamist movements across the Middle East are confronted by new challenges at the start of 2015. Join POMEPS for a panel discussion on the organizational challenges facing Islamist movements and how Islamists, from new youth members to senior leadership, are responding.

Panelists:
Khalil al-Anani — Johns Hopkins University
Raphaël Lefèvre — University of Cambridge
Monica Marks — Oxford University
Quinn Mecham — Brigham Young University

Moderated by:

Marc Lynch — George Washington University

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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For more information and introductory reading, see the event page.

*A light lunch will be provided*

This event is part of a special series on Islam in a Changing Middle East supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.


POMEPS Book Launch
The Awakening of Muslim Democracy
A Conversation with Jocelyne Cesari
Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting associate professor in the department of government at Georgetown University. She directs the Berkley Center’s Islam in World Politics program and the “Islam in the West” program at Harvard University. She is the author of Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (Palgrave,2013) and When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (Palgrave, 2006). She will discuss her recent release, The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity, and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Nathan J. Brown and Marc Lynch, professors of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University, will offer comments.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons
1957 E St NW, Room 602
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*A light lunch will be provided*
*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

This event is part of a special series on Islam in a Changing Middle East supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.


IMES Lecture Series
Ethnic "Homelands": Imagining a New Middle East, 1919 - 1948
With Laura Robson

RobsonAfter 1919, as much of the Middle East was absorbed into the beleaguered but still powerful European empires, a new ideology took hold in the region: the concept of physical separation as a “solution” to a newly identified “problem” of ethnic and religious pluralism. Across Europe and the United States, Armenian, Assyrian, and Jewish diaspora groups proved anxious to demonstrate their belonging in the ingathering of civilized nation-states by supporting the project of a homogenous national “homeland,” however remote it might be from their actual lived experiences. Diaspora lobbying, fundraising, and vocal support for creating ethnically based political entities through strategies of transfer and partition also found a reflection in some Arab discourse, as Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi Arab nationalists sought to make claims to independent statehood within a global framework that demanded national homogeneity as a corollary to sovereignty. This talk will explore how diaspora communities shaped the emerging political landscape of the modern Middle East as they declared that the only path to legitimate, recognized political status in the new global order was through identification, however distant, with an ethnic “homeland.”

Laura Robson is a historian of the modern Middle East. Her current research and teaching focus on the history of religious and ethnic minorities in the twentieth century Arab world. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2009 and is now Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
3:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St. NW, 5th Floor
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The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's National Resource Center (NRC) grant program.


Middle East Policy Forum
Spotlight: Iraq
Featuring Ambassador Lukman Faily

Ambassador Faily discusses current challenges facing Iraq, the importance of the Iraqi-US relationship, and what the future holds for a state beleaguered by sectarianism and the extremist sieges of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, represents a rising generation of professionals, business leaders, and civic activists who have returned home to build a free-market democracy in their native land. From June 2010 until May 2013, Mr. Faily served as Iraq’s Ambassador to Japan. Before this assignment, he served as an Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Faily lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies. Mr. Faily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 1988. Additionally, Amb. Faily holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management and a postgraduate degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
6:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E St NW, 2nd Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.


Kuwait Chair Lecture
The World: As Seen by the Arab Gulf
Featuring Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm

In real estate, as in strategic planning on a national location, location, location... No region so vital to the world has seen as many wars and as much turmoil as the Persian Gulf. The media and the political universe often give attention to how the live there perceive the world. What are the threats untrustworthy? What issues loom large in their prices, domestic unrest, or uncertain alliances? Understanding their perceptions is essential in understanding the region and why they do not always share the same values and concerns as the U.S.

Thursday February 12, 2015
6:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
1957 E St NW, 2nd Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.


IMES Presents
Yemeniettes: Screening and Discussion
With Executive Producer Leon Shahabian

Yemeniettes follows a team of teenage girls from Sana’a as they strive to break barriers of traditional Yemeni society through entrepreneurship. From the creation of an innovative solar energy project to its submission in the national competition and their eventual participation in the pan-Arab entrepreneurship competition in Qatar, the film explores the trials and tribulations the girls face along the way. Set against the backdrop of a country marked with weak economic policies, a struggling political infrastructure and a dangerous Al-Qaeda presence, Yemeniettes surveys issues of youth unemployment, underemployment, education, drug abuse and demographic pressures. It brings to the screen a part of the world that is often overlooked while maintaining a message of hope and triumph.

Leon Shahabian serves as President & Executive Producer of Layalina Productions, Inc, where he has produced many incredible TV series and documentaries, including YemeniettesAmerican CaravanOn the Road in AmericaGeneration EntrepreneurBack from the BrinkLife after DeathAraeh, and Windy City, Whole City.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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Upcoming Events

POMEPS Book Launch
"The Awakening of Muslim Democracy"
With Jocelyne Cesari
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

IMES Lecture Series
"Ethnic "Homelands": Imagining a New Middle East, 1919 - 1948"
With Laura Robson
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
3:30 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

Middle East Policy Forum
"Spotlight: Iraq"
Featuring Amb. Lukman Faily
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
6:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium (Room 213), Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

Kuwait Chair Lecture
"The World: As Seen By the Arab Gulf"
Featuring Amb. Edward "Skip" Gnehm
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
6:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium (Room 213), Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

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