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Events Archive - Spring 2014


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IMES Cosponsored Event
A Window into Women of the Arab Spring: Progress or Reversals?
With the School of Media and Public Affairs

As part of Women's History Month, GW's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and the Institute for Middle East Studies will host a panel discussion to examine the complex question of how women have fared since the promising beginning of the Arab Spring three years ago.

With a focus on Egypt and how the political situation affects women and girls across the Middle East and North Africa, the discussion will also touch on development, education, human rights, constitutional changes, and inclusiveness.

Moderator:

Tara Sonenshine, fellow at GW's School of Media and Public Affairs; former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. 

Panelists:

  • Hebah Abdalla, Al-Jazeera English
  • Sahar Atrache, International Crisis Group
  • Isobel Coleman, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Thomas Gorguissian, editor, Al-Ahram
  • Gini Reticker, filmmaker, "Awakening" (Fork Films)

Co-Hosts:

Sean Aday, Aassociate Professor of Media & Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
9:00 AM
Room B07
School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St, NW
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MEPF Lecture
Palestine: Childhood Denied
With Suleiman Mleahat

ANERA Education Program Manager Sulieman Mleahat talks about the challenges to early childhood development for Palestinian children and strategies for improvement in the areas of teacher training, curriculum development, school infrastructure, literacy, parenting, and health & nutrition.

Mr. Mleahat has been ANERA’s education program manager since 2010. He has worked 20 years in the international development sector, 15 of which have been spent in the international education field. Mr. Mleahat has a master’s degree from the University of Bristol in international development, with a focus on in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Quality Basic Education. He has a highly successful track record in planning, funding, managing and reviewing a multitude of basic education, ECD and humanitarian development projects in the Middle East and East Africa.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:30 PM
Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW

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IMES Lecture Series
The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Race/Sexuality Politics, and Social Militarization in Contemporary Egypt and Brazil
A Conversation with Dr. Paul AmarSecurity Archipelago

Paul Amar, Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has served as a journalist in the Middle East police-reformer in Brazil, and conflict-and-development specialist at the United Nations.

 

Professor Amar's research, publishing and teaching focus on the areas of state institutions, security regimes, social movements, and democratic transitions in the Middle East and Latin America, and trace the origins and intersections of new patterns of police militarization, security governance, race/sexuality politics, humanitarian intervention, and state restructuring in the megacities of the global south.

Thursday March 20th, 2014
5PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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IMES Lecture Series
Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East
A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Thompson

ElizabJustice Interruptedeth F. Thompson is associate professor of history at the University of Virginia. Her new book, Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East, traces the roots of the 2011 Arab Spring to the first constitutional movements of the late 19th century. Her first book, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon, won prizes from the American Historical Association and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. Prof. Thompson has also won awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Library of Congress.


POMEPS Lecture
Between Salafists, Secularists, and Security Forces: The Politics of Tunisian Youth in the Age of Ennahda — With Monica Marks and Dr. William Lawrence

Join POMEPS for a discussion of political Islam, youth politics, and the Tunisian constitution featuring Monica Marks with comments by William Lawrence.

Monica Marks is a leading expert on contemporary Tunisian politics. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of the newly released Brookings report on Tunisia entitled “Convince, Coerce, or Compromise? Ennahda’s Approach to Tunisia’s Constitution.” As lead Tunisia researcher for the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), Marks authored “Inside the Transition Bubble,” a report analyzing international technical assistance flows for Tunisia’s transition. Marks is a Tunisia-based Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation examines internal transition in Tunisia’s Ennahda, focusing on ideological and organizational transformations since the 2011 revolution. She is a recipient of a POMEPS Travel–Research–Engagement grant to support field research on forging pluralism and internal dispute and ideological restructuring in Tunisia’s Ennahda Party.

William Lawrence is a visiting professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy.

*Light refreshments will be available*

Monday, March 17th, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lindner Family Commons Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th floor

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

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Tuesday March 18th, 2014
5PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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MEPF Cosponsored Event
JERUSALEM
With Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros, Revital Zacharie, and Lisa Truitt

Using the world’s most advanced 3D and IMAX film technology, JERUSALEM brings to audiences spectacular, never-before-seen footage of this much-loved 5,000-year-old city. The film tells the complicated and fascinating story of Jerusalem through the viewpoints of the city's three main religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Each is represented by a young woman who shows us “her” Jerusalem. The archaeology of Jerusalem is also explored in the film to understand its importance in world history.

In this program, join the young women from the film—Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros and Revital Zacharie—for a discussion about the making of the film and its themes. Introduction by Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

Tuesday March 4th, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium Room 213
1957 E St, NW, 2nd Floor

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MEPF Kuwait Chair Lecture
The Middle East: Finding a Way Forward
With Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm

2014 seems a long way from 2011 and the popular uprisings that toppled governments. What happened to the aspirations and expectations of those heady days? Amb. Gnehm will look at three countries – Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq – the factors behind the course of events, and their ongoing efforts to find a way forward.

Thursday February 27th, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium Room 213
1957 E St, NW, 2nd Floor

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IMES Cosponsored Event

China in the Middle East: An Expanding Footprint
With Dr. Pan Guang

While the U.S. has been the dominant influence in the Middle East for the last 60 years, China's role has been more muted and less visible. Now China's rise as a commercial power and its rapidly growing demand for oil and gas resources have led China to forge new ties with the Middle East and to aggressively expand its influence. Confronted with the changes brought about by the Arab Spring, an Iran bent on nuclear weapons, a resurgent Turkey and a stalled peace process in Israel, how will a Chinese strategy for a stable energy supply affect events, including the threat of international terrorism? How will the presence of China, a rising and newly assertive power, affect commercial and diplomatic ties in the region?

Dr. Pan Guang is Professor and Academic Director of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, a leading foreign policy think tank in China. Dr. Pan is a Senior Advisor on Anti-terror Affairs to the Shanghai Municipality and the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China. He has authored a number of books and articles including "China's Success in the Middle East," and "China's Energy Strategy."

Friday, February 14, 2014
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM 
Lindner Commons, 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602

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Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for Middle East Studies


POMEPS Book Launch
The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement — A Conversation with Carrie Rosefsky Wickham

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is associate professor of political science at Emory University. Wickham’s current research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, focusing on the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states. She is the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt. She will discuss her recent release The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.

The Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, February 10
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindner Family Commons Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th floor

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

 

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POMEPS Panel Event

Rethinking Islamist Politics
A Panel Discussion

Join POMEPS on January 23, 2014 to analyze the state of Islamist politics in the Middle East. The panel will examine the current directions of the Muslim Brotherhood and electoral politics, Salafism, and jihadist movements, as well as trends in the broader Islamic context.

Panelists:

Thomas Hegghammer –  Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

Bruce Lawrence – Duke University

Tarek Masoud – Harvard University

Moderated by:

Marc Lynch – George Washington University

*A light lunch will be provided*

 

Thursday January 23, 2014
12PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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IMES Lecture Series

Impossible Citizens: Dubai’s Indian Diaspora
A Conversation with Dr. Neha Vora

Although the legal status of foreign residents in the UAE defines them as outsiders, Dr. Vora argues that Indians in Dubai are integral to the building and maintenance of Emirati state institutions, to national identity and citizenship, and to the functioning of Dubai’s liberalized and globalized market forms. While many Indians disavow belonging to Dubai they stake certain historical, cultural, and geographic claims to the city. Impossible Citizens examines the conflicting and multiple narratives and practices of belonging and citizenship experienced by Dubai’s Indian population, exploring the multiple logics of citizenship and governance that circulate within Dubai among its various residents, institutions, and spaces.

Dr. Neha Vora is Assistant Professor of anthropology at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Her research focuses on forms of citizenship, belonging, and exclusion within the contemporary Gulf Arab States. In particular, she explores how economic, political, and social changes in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar shape the daily experiences of the region’s diverse residents, particularly South Asian migrants, who comprise the majority of the population in both countries.

Thursday January 16, 2014
5PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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Upcoming Events

POMEPS Book Launch
"Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation"
With Dr. Sheila Carapico
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of Internaitonal Affairs
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IMES Lecture Series
"Terrace of the Sea: The Mediations of Memory in a Palestinian Beach Camp in South Lebanon"
With Dr. Diana Allan
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of Internaitonal Affairs
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