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IMES Lecture Series

Difference and Repetition: Transnational Muslim Women, Islamic Da'wa and Cosmopolitanism in Kuwait

Popular accounts of the Arabian Peninsula often gloss the region as 'Wahabbi', or depict it as a space of intractable sectarian conflict. These accounts elide a more complicated religious terrain, one this presentaiton explores with reference to one of the region's largest Islamic da'wa movement. Since the mid-1970's Kuwait's da'wa movement has developed dialogically in relation to the country's shifting history of migration. Today it is comprised of a dynamic configuration of Muslims of different ethno-national backgrounds, one indexing the country's overall demographic compositions in which migrants and foreign residents from throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and to a lesser degree Europe and North America, constitute the majority of the population. Drawing on several years of ethnographic research, this presentation examines the cosmopolitan forms of belonging the movement's members develop through their interrelation and activities. By discussing the movements' classes and programming, Dr. Attiya will highlight the processual nature of members' Muslim belongings, and how they develop in relation, rather than in opposition to their existing belongings.

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University where she researches and teaches on transnational labor migration and religious movements in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Thursday December 3, 2013
5PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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POMEPS Event Series
Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All? — A Conversation with Amaney Jamal

Dr. Amaney Jamal is Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and she currently directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Jamal's current research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World.

She will be discussing her most recent book Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?


Thursday, November 21
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**Book signing and reception will follow.

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

 

IMES Lecture Series

Phantom Sovereign: The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank 2002-2006 - Featuring Yael Berda

This talk will offer a rare institutional perspective on the Israeli permit regime in
the West Bank. Yael Berda (Princeton University, PhD Student) will discussthe
practices of the bureaucratic apparatus that controls the movement of Palestinian
workers between Israel and the West Bank, situating her analysis within colonial
histories of population management. Based on two years of research and data
collected while Berda represented cases in Israel's Supreme and Military courts,
this institutional ethnography will provide a rich empirical account of the Israeli
permit system based on Berda’sinterviews, official correspondence, legal
decisions and participant observation.


Yael Berda is an Israeli Lawyer and a PhD student in the Department of
Sociology at Princeton University. Born in New York City and raised in West
Jerusalem, Berda has been highly engaged in social justice activism and politics in
Israel. Her first book, The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The
Permit Regime 2000-2006 was published in July 2012 by the Van Leer Institute in
Jerusalem and Hakibutz Hameuhad Publishing (Hebrew).

Wednesday, November 20
5PM
1957 E St., NW, Room 505*
*Note room change*

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IMES Book Launch
Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt— A Conversation with Dr. Mona Atia

Mona Atia is Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the about the intersection of civil society, geopolitics and financial networks in the contemporary Middle East. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Atia will discuss her new book Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt in a conversation with Diane Singerman, Associate Professor Department of Government, American University and Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University.

Thursday, November 14
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 5th floor
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*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**Book signing and reception will follow.





This event is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies.

 

POMEPS Panel Event

Challenges of the Syrian Opposition

As the Syrian uprising approaches its third anniversary, the conflict is far from resolved and has entrenched tensions at the local, regional and international levels. The crisis has grown increasingly intractable in the face of the political stalemate, continued violence, and the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries. At this juncture, what are the organizational problems of the Syrian opposition and how will these challenges shape the conflict moving forward? Join POMEPS for a critical analysis and discussion of the insurgency in Syria.

Steven Heydemann - United States Institute of Peace

Zachariah Mampilly - Vassar College

Wendy Pearlman - Northwestern University

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl - University of Virginia

Moderated by: Marc Lynch - George Washington University

Thursday November 7, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 103
Funger Hall, 2201 G St. NW
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For background information on the situation in Syria, please visit the updated POMEPS Arab Uprisings Bibliography.

***Location: Please note that this event will be held in room 103 of Funger Hall at 2201 G St. NW***

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

 

IMES Book Launch
Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State— A Conversation with Professor Shira Robinson

Shira Robinson is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the social and cultural history of the Modern Middle East. She holds a PhD in History from Stanford University.

Professor Robinson will discuss her new book in a conversation with Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Thompson, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia.

Monday, November 4
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 5th floor
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*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**Book signing and reception will follow.






This event is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies.


POMEPS and IMES' Title VI National Resource Center present
Dissent and Revolution in the Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt-A Conversation with David Faris

David Faris is assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University.

David Faris will discuss his new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

Tuesday, October 22
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**A light lunch will be served, and a book signing will follow the conversation.

Garbage Dreams
A Film Screening and Discussion with David Faris

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

Tuesday, October 22
5:30pm - 7:00pm ~ Screening of film
7:00pm - 8:00pm ~ Discussion

Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
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*K-12 educators are encouraged to attend and bring their students. The event is open to the general public.


These events are sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS); and the Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East.


MEPF Event Series
1973: The Road to War
A Panel Discussion

  • Yigal Kipnis, Historian, University of Haifa
  • William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Harold Saunders, Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm,
    Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

Yigal Kipnis in his new pathbreaking book: 1973: The Road to War draws on recently declassified information revealing diplomatic overtures involving Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Anwar Sadat in the months preceding the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. William Quandt and Harold Saunders, both in senior positions in the U.S. Government at the time, will add their recollections of the events leading up to the October 6, 1973. Could the war have been avoided? What would the region have looked like? Come and hear their views on these and other fascinating aspects of this important moment in the Middle East.



Thursday, October 17

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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



The George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies, in Co-Sponsorship with The Jerusalem Fund and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace & Development at the University of Maryland present
The Law in These Parts
A Film Screening featuring Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Writer / Director

The Law in These Parts is an unprecedented exploration of the evolving and little-known legal framework that Israel has employed to administer its 40-year military occupation of the West Bank and, until 2005, the Gaza Strip. Celebrated Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Inner Tour) elicits this story from the very military judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who helped create the system and who agreed to take the cinematic witness chair to explain their choices. Weaving together these interviews with archival footage, often in the same frame, Alexandrowicz has crafted a comprehensive and evocative portrait of a key facet of one of the world’s most stubborn and enduring conflicts. In doing so, The Law in These Parts reveals not only the legal architecture of military occupation, but also its human impact on both Palestinians and Israelis. The film asks a question as troubling as it is unavoidable: Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? Winner of jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

~To find out more about the film, please visit the website here, where you can view a trailer and read reviews of the film as well.~



Tuesday, October 15
5:30pm - 7:00pm--Documentary screening
7:00pm - 7:45pm--Discussion and Q&A with Director Alexandrowicz
**This event will take place at The Jerusalem Fund**
2425 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington DC (directions here)

This event is co-sponsored by the George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies, The Jerusalem Fund, and the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace & Development at the University of Maryland.



POMEPS Event Series
Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't— A Conversation with Toby Matthiesen

Toby Matthiesen is a research fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. He has published in The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, and Middle East Report, and has done extensive fieldwork in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. He previously worked as a Gulf Consultant for the International Crisis Group.

Toby Matthiesen will discuss his new book Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t.

Tuesday, October 15
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

 

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

 

 





The Institute for Middle East Studies, The New America Foundation, and Silatech present

Back to Business: How Socially Innovative Entrepreneurship Can Build the Middle East
A Panel Discussion

The past two years have witnessed a series of defining moments for the Middle East with key countries like Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia undergoing difficult political transitions. As attention is focused on advancing democracy, stability is being brokered by economic growth in surprising and innovative new ways that should be supported. The ability to empower youth economically will accelerate the pace at which these countries can develop stable political systems.

On Tuesday, October 15, Silatech and the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force will host an expert panel featuring Dr. Tarik Yousef, CEO of Silatech; Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Chairman of ARAMEX; Christopher Schroeder, author of Startup Rising; and Dina Sherif, a fellow at the Middle East Task Force. The panel will address the region’s major economic challenges, and discuss the need for socially innovative enterprise development.

Tuesday, October 15
9:00am - 10:30am
3rd Floor
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st St. NW, Washington DC

This event is presented by the New America Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Middle East Studies and Silatech.




POMEPS Event Series

Why Moroccan Protests Failed
A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Adria Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Ahmed Benchemsi, Visiting Scholar, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University
  • Aboubakr Jamai, Founder and Former Editor, Le Journal Hebdomadaire

    Moderated by
    Dr. Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University

The panel will discuss the Arab Uprisings and Moroccan protest movement.

Thursday, October 10

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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



POMEPS Event Series
Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual— A Conversation with James Toth

James Toth is an anthropologist who studies Egypt, the Arab world, and the wider Islamic community. He has taught at the American University of Cairo and at Northeastern University, and since 2011, has worked at New York University in Abu Dhabi. He is the author of Rural Labor Movements in Egypt and Their Impact in the State, 1961-1992.

Toth will discuss his recent release Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual.

Tuesday, October 8
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor


This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) in cooperation with the "Islam in the Changing Middle East project" supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

 

 






The Institute for Middle East Studies' Title VI National Resource Center presents
The Encounter: Americans, Iraqis, and a Decade of War
A Day-long Conference

American discussions of the Iraq war often focus on questions of military strategy and regional foreign policy. But what about the war itself? How did Iraqis and American soldiers experience a decade of war? How did they view each other? What lessons have they learned? This unique full-day conference brings together Iraqi students and American veterans of the war, along with academics and former policymakers, to discuss the human side of America’s war in Iraq.

Panelists will offer their unique experiences of major moments of the war, including the immediate aftermath of the invasion and ensuing occupation; the U.S. military ‘surge’ and its impact on local communities; population dislocation and humanitarian crisis; the legacy of the war for young U.S. service members; and prospects for future U.S.-Iraqi relations. By bringing together the voices and experiences of these diverse populations, this conference aims to facilitate critical reflections on the legacy of the U.S. war in Iraq.

The conference will feature both Iraqi graduate students and U.S. Veterans:

  • Ahmed Fahad, University of Cincinnati
  • Jabbar Jafar, American University
  • Louis Yako, Duke University
  • Abdulameer Hamdani, SUNY Stony Brook
  • Paul Leonard, George Washington University, National Veterans Center
  • Kate Hoit, Tillman Military Scholar
  • Alex Horton, Georgetown University
  • Michael Kothakota, WolfBridge Financial Corporation
  • Jake Cusack, CrossBoundary

    Moderated by
    Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
    Douglas Ollivant
    , Senior National Security Fellow, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
    Kevin Jones, Institute for Middle East Studies 2013-2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, George Washington University

    Keynote Address:
    Colin Kahl, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University
    Douglas Ollivant
    Ahmed Fahad
    Jabbar Jafar
    Louis Yako
    Abdulameer Hamdani

Thursday, October 3
9:00am - 4:00pm
City View Room
1957 E St., NW, 7th floor

This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East.



MEPF Event Series

Syria: Problems and Prospects
A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Steven Heydemann, Senior Advisor, Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace
  • Frederic Hof, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council
  • Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Associate Professor, History Department, Shawnee State University
  • Dr. Murhaf Jouejati, Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm,
    Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

The UN estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis in the past two and a half years. Now, with evidence of chemical weapon use, the crisis is more perilous than ever. This panel discussion brings together experts on Syria to discuss regime capabilities, disaggregated resistance movements, regional implications, U.S. involvement, and the uncertain future of the crisis.

Thursday, September 26
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil. This event is co-sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity.



POMEPS Event Series

The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East
A Panel Discussion featuring Shibley Telhami

Shibley Telhami, Nathan J. Brown, and Marc Lynch will discuss new trends in Arab public opinion, and Telhami will discuss his recent release: The World Through Arab Eyes.

Thursday, September 19
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

 

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

 

 

 

 

 



The Global Gender Program and the Institute for Middle East Studies present
Prospects for Gender Equality in Iran under President Rouhani
A Panel Discussion, as part of the Global Gender Forum

This event will explore key obstacles to advancing gender equality in Iran, specific policies that President Rouhani has taken to date, and participants will suggest policies that his administration may and/or should take in advancing gender equality in Iran.

Participants include:

  • Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
  • Maryam Abolfazli, Middle East North Africa (MENA) Director, Eurasia Foundation
  • Sussan Tahmasebi, Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN); Director, ICAN’s MENA region program

    Moderated by
    Milad Pournik,
    Research Associate, Global Gender Program, George Washington University
    Opening Remarks by
    Pardis Minuchehr,
    Director, Persian Program and Assistant Professor of Persian, George Washington University



Monday, September 16
9:00pm - 11:00am
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

*A light Iranian-style breakfast will be served at 8:30am.

This event is co-sponsored by the George Washington University's Global Gender Program, which is part of the Elliott School's Institute for Global and International Studies, and the Institute for Middle East Studies.



MEPF Event Series
The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011
A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies, Princeton University
  • Dr. William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

A great opportunity for analysis and critique has arisen from decades of attempts and setbacks in the Middle East Peace Process. The Peace Puzzle stemmed from a USIP study of past Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and efforts. The five authors of this work are veteran observers and premier scholars on the Middle East Peace Process. Three of the five authors of the book will give a panel discussion on critiques and suggestions for U.S. diplomatic activism in the region as expressed in the book.

Wednesday, September 11
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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




 




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Upcoming Events

POMEPS Book Launch
"Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria"
With Dr. Laurie Brand
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs
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IMES Title VI Journalism Initiative
"Reporting from Yemen"
With Laura Kasinof
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
12:00 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
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Middle East Policy Forum
"No End in Sight"
With Paul Hughes, Barbara Bodine, and Lawrence Wilkerson

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs
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Middle East Policy Forum
"Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises"
With Dr. Jubin Goodarzi

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
5:30 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
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