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Events Archive - Spring 2015


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IMES Lecture Series
Dépréshen and Its Narratives: Psychiatric Futures and Generational Memory in Iran
With Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician and medical anthropologist, specializing in anthropology of biomedicine and biotechnologies, comparative analysis of medical professional cultures with a focus on psychiatry, as well as mental health and memory-work in post-war societies in the Middle East. Using both anthropology and Science Technology Studies (STS) as conceptual frameworks, she has combined multi-sited ethnography with discourse analysis in her work on cross-cultural psychiatry, subjectivity and memory-work particularly in virtual contexts such as blogs. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the 2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences by the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), and received Honorable Mention for 2011 Best Dissertation Award from the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Currently, she is working on the manuscript of her first monograph, Prozàk Diaries, based on her doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Behrouzan is a lecturer and study abroad tutor at Kings College in London.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
3:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St. NW, 5th Floor
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POMEPS Book Launch
The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism
Featuring Toby Matthiesen

Toby Matthiesen is a research fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of  Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University Press, 2013). POMEPS hosted Matthiesen in 2013 to discuss Sectarian Gulf in POMEPS Conversations 28. On March 6 will discuss his recent release The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Kristin Smith Diwan will offer comments. Diwan is an assistant professor at American University and a visiting scholar at the George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies.

Friday, March 6th, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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A light lunch will be available 
Copies of the book will be available to students


IMES Journalism Initiative
Reporting Iran
With Roya Hakakian

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Roya Hakakian is the author of two collections of poetry in Persian, and is listed among the leading new voices in Persian poetry in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. She’s published widely including in the New York Times and NPR's All Things Considered, and produced for major TV news networks, including CBS 60 Minutes. Her memoir of growing up a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran (Crown) was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year, Elle Magazine's Best Nonfiction Book of 2004, and Best Memoir by the Connecticut Center for the Book. Roya is also a recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction. Her most recent book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace (Grove/Atlantic) was a Notable Book of 2011by the New York Times Book Review in September, made Newsweek’s Top Ten Not-to-be-missed books of 2011 and was among Kirkus Reviews Best Non-Fictions of 2011. She is currently a scholar in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

The Reporting From series is a part of the IMES Journalism Initiative. As a Title VI National Resource Center IMES supports journalism events which enhance the capacity of a new generation of journalists to deliver critical reporting on the Middle East in a rapidly transforming media environment.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St. NW, 5th Floor

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A light lunch will be available 
Presented with the support of the Project on Middle East Political Science and the U.S. Department of Education's National Resource Center (NRC) grant program.


IMES Presents
Yemeniettes: Screening and Discussion
W
ith 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 and Executive Producer of Layalina Productions, Inc. He co-founded Layalina in 2002 and has since produced twelve documentaries and television series that have been well received by MENA audiences and by the international film festival circuit. In addition to Yemeniettes, Mr. Shahabian recently created, wrote and produced Generation Entrepreneur, a youth entrepreneurship reality series (2013 Orbit Showtime Network, 2014 Middle East Broadcast Networks). Mr. Shahabian is a frequent guest lecturer at leading universities and think tanks. He is a life member of the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St. NW, 6th Floor
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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 nationaland international scale, three factors are critical: 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 world sees that region; but little to how those who live there perceive the world. What are the threats as they see them? Who can be trusted and who is untrustworthy? What issues loom large in their consciousness --- rising radical Islam, falling oil  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 Lecture Series
The Public Security Speak with 'the Voice of Syria': Syria's First Experiment with Authoritarian Culture
With Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin will speak about the culture of authoritarianism under Syrian military dictator Adib al-Shishakli, who dominated the country's politics from 1949 to 1954. He will examine the way print and broadcast media were used to elaborate a cult of personality surrounding al-Shishakli, to celebrate authoritarianism, embodied in "The Leader," and in the armed forces and security services under his command.

Dr. Martin is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. His teaching fields include the modern Middle East, the modern Islamic World, the modern Levant (Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq), and various aspects of the cultural history of the modern Arab world.

Thursday, February 12th, 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.


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.


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.


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.

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Upcoming Events

IMES Annual Conference
"Art in a Time of Violence: Cultural Production in the Contemporary Middle East"
Friday, April 17th, 2015
8:45 AM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
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POMEPS Book Launch
"The Taming of Democracy Assistance"
Featuring Dr. Sarah Bush
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
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MEPF Book Launch
"Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule"
Dr. Ilana Feldman
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
6:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs
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