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POMEPS Book Launch
The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
with Michael Herb

Michael Herb is an associate professor of politicalscience at Georgia State University. He is the author of All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies. He will discuss his new release The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE. Farah Al-Nakib, director of the Center for Gulf Studies and assistant professor of history at the American University of Kuwait, will offer comments. 

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Monday, December 1, 2014
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*


POMEPS Book Launch
Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt
with Abdullah Al-Arian

Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In Fall 2014 Arian is a visiting scholar at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. His research interests include Islamic social movements, U.S. relations with the Middle East, Islam and globalization, Islamic law and society, and the history of Islam in the United States. He is a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera English. He will discuss his recent release Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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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 Title VI Lecture Series
Reimagining Saudi Petro-Modernity: History and Space in a Post-Rentier State
with Rosie Bsheer

Rosie Bsheer is an Assistant Professor of History at Yale University specializing in the Arabian peninsula, especially social and intellectual history and historiography. In this talk she will probe Saudi Arabia’s shifting technologies of political legitimation and capital accumulation following the 1990 Gulf War, rooted as they were in the attendant multi-billion dollar archival and urban redevelopment projects. Post–1990 Gulf War political, social, and economic turmoil was central not only to the changing relationship between religious and secular powers, but also to the very mechanisms of producing consent, reordering social relations, and generating wealth. Historicizing these phenomena, the talk opens up new questions about religious subjectivity, state sovereignty, and social and economic relations.

Dr. Bsheer was the associate producer for the 2007 Oscar-nominated film My Country, My Country. She is also a co-editor for Jadaliyya and the volumes The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? and Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula.

Monday, November 17, 2014
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.


GW's Elliott School of International Affairs
Security Policy Forum
Combating the ISIS Threat: A Path Forward
with Stephen Biddle and Marc Lynch

Join GW's Stephen Biddle and Marc Lynch for an in-depth discussion of the Obama administration's current strategy toward the ISIS threat, the evolving security situation on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and next steps for regional and global stakeholders

Stephen Biddle
Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Marc Lynch
Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Stephen Biddle served on General David Petraeus' Joint Strategic Assessment Team in Iraq in 2007; he was also a senior advisor to General Petraeus' Central Command Assessment Team in Washington in 2008-09. Dr. Biddle has provided policy analysis and advice to the U.S. Congress, the administration, and military leaders. Marc Lynch has advised officials from the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and the White House on Middle East strategy. Dr. Lynch is the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, which aims to connect political science scholarship to the public foreign policy debate and to the policymaking process.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Lunch: 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Discussion: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons
1957 E Street NW, Room 602 
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Through Their Eyes
Presented by Operation GW VALOR, the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, and the Institute for Middle East Studies

Through Their Eyes pairs members of the GW student-veteran community with DC, Maryland and Virginia area high school art students. The veterans submit their favorite story from their military experience and the students visually interpret the story through their artwork. There will be a reception where the art will be displayed and veterans can meet the students who rendered their story.

Friday, November 7, 2014
6:30 PM
The Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
800 21st St, NW, 3rd Floor


POMEPS Co-Sponsored Event
Public Opinion in the Arab World
What Do the Latest Surveys Tell Us?

The Arab uprisings were a vivid demonstration of the importance of public opinion in the Middle East. Frustrated by poor governance and the lack of economic opportunity, citizens demonstrated in mass protests on the streets, and online, throughout the region. As autocrats fell, instability and extremism rose. Although democracy appears to be succeeding in Tunisia, in most of the Arab Spring countries the future is far from secure. The event will highlight new findings from the third wave of surveys (late 2012-2014) of the Arab Barometer across 12 Arab countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and more.

This event will feature the following speakers:
Amaney Jamal
Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Project on Middle East Democracy


Michael Robbins
Project Director, Arab Barometer

Khalil Shikaki
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Mark Tessler
Samuel J. Eldersveld Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Steven Riskin
Senior Program Officer for Grants, U.S. Institute of Peace

Friday, October 31, 2014
10:00 AM
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Arab Barometer, the Arab Reform Initiative, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Project on Middle East Political Science.


Middle East Policy Forum
Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises
with Jubin Goodarzi

Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake in both Iraq and Syria.

Jubin Goodarzi will provide an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St, NW, 5th Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil


Middle East Policy Forum
No End in Sight
with Paul Hughes, Barbara Bodine, and Lawrence Wilkerson

The Middle East Policy Forum will show the documentary “No End in Sight,” which provides a critical and comprehensive look at the Bush Administration’s approach at the time of the U.S. intervention and its aftermath. Three experts featured in the film—Ambassador Bodine, Colonel Hughes, and Colonel Wilkerson—will discuss their experiences in Iraq and provide a contextual basis for the country’s ongoing descent into chaos.

A screening of the film will be followed by dinner and a panel discussion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil


IMES Title VI Journalism Initiative
Reporting from Yemen
A Conversation with Laura Kasinof

Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist who reported from Yemen from 2009 to 2012. As the Arab Spring spread to country in 2011, she found herself thrown into a maelstrom of popular protest and government crackdown. She will be discussing her forthcoming book, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, and her experiences documenting Yemen's revolution.

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students.*

Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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POMEPS Book Launch
Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria
A Conversation with Laurie Brand

Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Brand is the author of several works, including Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (2006). She will discuss her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014)

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students.*

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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Middle East Policy Forum
The New Arabs: How the Millenial Generation is Changing the Middle East
Featuring Juan Cole

The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today’s Arab youth—who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics. For three decades, Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. In The New Arabs he outlines the history that led to the dramatic changes in the region, and explores how a new generation of men and women are using innovative notions of personal rights to challenge the authoritarianism, corruption, and stagnation that had afflicted their societies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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*The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil*


The Arab Uprisings Explained:
A Half-Day Conference

POMEPS is pleased to invite you to a half-day conference celebrating the release of the edited volume The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014). The contributors to The Arab Uprisings Explained began conceiving and writing the chapters in mid-2011 and finished most revisions in mid-2013. Much has happened in the region since then. Participants will have the opportunity to present the key findings and arguments of their chapters and discuss how, if at all, recent developments challenge those findings. 

Schedule:

9:00am - 10:30am | Panel 1: Arab Uprisings, Regime Responses

Marc Lynch, George Washington University (chair)
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace
Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University
Ellen Lust, Yale University
Curtis Ryan, Appalachian State University

10:30am - 10:45am | Coffee break

10:45am - 12:15pm | Panel 2: Publics and Others

Nathan Brown, George Washington University (chair)
Mark Tessler, University of Michigan
Michael Robbins, Princeton University
Vickie Langohr, College of the Holy Cross

12:15pm - 12:45pm | Lunch

12:45pm - 2:15pm | Panel 3: Economy and Civil Society

Marc Lynch, George Washington University (chair)
Clement Henry, University of Texas at Austin
David Patel, Brandeis University
Quinn Mecham, Brigham Young University
Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College, City University of New York

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Friday, October 3, 2014
9:00 AM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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Middle East Policy Forum
Countering ISIS
An Evening with James F. Jeffrey, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute where he focuses on U.S. strategies to counter Iran's efforts to expand its influence in the broader Middle East.

One of the nation's most respected diplomats, Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of highly sensitive posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. In addition to his service in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W, Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran. Previously, at the State Department, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as senior advisor on Iraq to the secretary of state; chargé d'affaires and deputy chief of mission in Baghdad; deputy chief of mission in Ankara; and ambassador in Albania.

A former infantry officer in the U.S. army, Ambassador Jeffrey served in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976.

Ambassador Jeffrey will discuss ISIS as an organization, the international community's current plan to counter ISIS, and offer his own opinions and critiques on these plans. He looks forward to having an open discussion with all those in attendance.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:00 PM
Elliott School, Room 113
1957 E St, NW
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Sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Sorority and the Middle East Policy Forum

*The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil*


POMEPS Book Launch
“Compassionate Communalism and The Politics of Non-state Social Welfare”
A Conversation with Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett is an associate professor of political science at Brown University, as well as a faculty fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies and a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center. She is the author of Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2007, 2010). She will discuss her recent books Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (2014) and The Politics of Non-state Social Welfare (2014).

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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POMEPS Book Launch
“Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East”
A Conversation with Joel S. Migdal

Joel S. Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author of Boundaries and Belonging: States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices (2004), The Palestinian People: A History (2003), Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society (2001), and several other works. He will discuss his most recent work Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (2014).

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Friday, September 19, 2014
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor


POMEPS Book Launch
“Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture”
A Conversation with Hisham D. Aidi

Hisham D. Aidi is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of Redeploying the State: Corporatism, Neoliberalism and Coalition Politics (2008) and co-editor of Black Routes to Islam (2009). He will discuss his recent release Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.

 

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Thursday, September 18, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor


POMEPS Panel
Rouhani's Iran

President Hassan Rouhani’s election in 2013 appeared to signal a shift in Iranian politics and international affairs. Join POMEPS for a reflection on social trends, domestic and international political dynamics, and other developments during Rouhani’s first year in office.

Panelists:
Kaveh Ehsani – DePaul University
Norma Claire Moruzzi  – University of Illinois at Chicago
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar – Texas A&M University

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

A light lunch will be provided *

Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor


POMEPS Book Launch
“Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt”
A Conversation with Tarek Masoud

Tarek Masoud is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (2008). Masoud will discuss his recent release Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (2014).

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Friday, September 5th, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor


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