Project on Middle East Political Science

The Project on Middle East Political Science, POMEPS, is a collaborative network designed to enhance the field of the political science of the Middle East and to enhance its engagement with the broader academic discipline, public policy, and the public sphere. POMEPS seeks to shape innovative new approaches to the political science of the region, support the field's publication in leading academic journals, and ultimately build the number of tenured political scientists specializing on the Middle East. It also aims to increase their contribution to the public foreign policy debate and to the policy-making process, in order to allow their expertise to have more of an impact on vital decisions about the Middle East.

POMEPS is based at the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University and is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. It is directed by Marc Lynch, and guided by an Executive Committee, which includes 10 leading tenured political scientists from major research universities. Visit the POMEPS page at http://pomeps.org/

 



Call for Proposals

The Project on Middle East Political Science regularly accepts proposals for POMEPS Research Grants. The competition is open to academic political scientists at any career stage, from graduate students to senior faculty. Awards will support travel to the Middle East for the purpose of research, with the only requirement being that the research be used to produce at least one article for Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel.

Interested candidates should submit their proposals at any time to Mary Casey. Applications should include a research proposal indicating where and when the proposed research will take place, a description of the broader research project, and a CV. Grantees will consult with POMEPS Director Marc Lynch about the articles which they will produce for the Middle East Channel based on their travel.

Applications for this grant will be accepted on a rolling basis: Summer proposals will begin being reviewed on June 1; Fall proposals on September 1; Spring proposals on March 1.

 



The Middle East Channel, co-sponsored by POMEPS and the NAF Middle East Task Force publishes a daily news brief. Sign up for the MEC daily news brief here.

 


Events – Fall 2014

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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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
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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
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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
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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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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Past Events – Spring 2014

POMEPS Book Launch
Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice,Carapico and Representation
Featuring Dr. Sheila Carapico

Sheila Carapico is a professor of political science and international studies and coordinator of the international studies program at the University of Richmond. She is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of activism in Modern Arabia (1998). She will discuss her recent release Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation.

Wednesday April 15th, 2014
2:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW, 6th Floor
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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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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).

 

 

 

 


POMEPS Panel Discussion
Rethinking Islamist Politics

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:

François Burgat – Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman

Thomas Hegghammer –  Norwegian Defense Research Establishment

Bruce Lawrence – Duke University

Tarek Masoud – Harvard University

Moderated by:

Marc Lynch – George Washington University

Thursday, January 23
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).

 



Past Events – Fall 2013


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).

 

 




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.

 

 

 



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).

 

 

 





Past Events – Spring 2013


POMEPS Event Series
Democracy's Fourth Wave — A Conversation with Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain

Dr. Philip Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He directs the World Information Access Project (wiaproject.org) and the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (pitpi.org). He is the author of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. He teaches courses on research methods, politics online, and international development. Muzammil M. Hussain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington's Department of Communication, and comparative international researcher at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE) focusing on information infrastructure and social organization, and digital media and political participation.

Howard and Hussain will discuss their new book Democracy's Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.

Tuesday, April 30
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Islamists and the State — A Conversation with Stacey Philbrick Yadav

book cover: Islamists and the State

Dr. Stacey Philbrick Yadav is an assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East. Her research focuses on the role of Islamist organizations in the transformation of public spheres, concentrating on research in Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, and Israel.

She will be discussing her upcoming book Islamists and the State.

Thursday, April 11
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks — A Conversation with Jenny White

Dr. Jenny White is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the anthropology department at Boston University. She is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She is the author of Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (2002, winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology) and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women's Labor in Urban Turkey (second edition, London: Routledge, 2004). She also has written three historical novels set in 19th century Istanbul, The Sultan's Seal (2006), The Abyssinian Proof (2008), and The Winter Thief (2010).

Dr. White will be discussing her most recent book Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks.

Wednesday, April 3
6:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies — A Conversation with Christopher Davidson

Dr. Christopher Davidson is a reader in Middle East Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, a former visiting associate professor at Kyoto University, and a former assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states, including Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success, and The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence.

Dr. Davidson will be discussing his most recent book After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies.

Wednesday, March 20
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Elections and Politics in North Africa
A Panel Discussion

Ellen Lust, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Lindsay Benstead, Professor of Political Science, Portland State University
Matthew Buehler, PhD Candidate, University of Texas - Austin

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss elections in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt.

Monday, February 11
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Elections in Israel
A Panel Discussion

Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Ilan Peleg, Charles A. Dana Professor of Government & Law, Lafayette College
Gershon Shafir, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
Jonathan Rynhold, Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies, George Washington University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss the outcomes and implications of Israel's January 2013 parliamentary elections.

Thursday, January 24
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


 

Past Events – Fall 2012


POMEPS Event Series
"Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring"
A Conversation with Dr. Michael Willis

Dr. Michael Willis is University Research Lecturer, and King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oxford.

He will be discussing his new book, Power and Politics in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring.

Thursday, November 15
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Protest and Rebellion in the Middle East
A Panel Discussion

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Jillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
David Patel, Cornell University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss opportunities, resources, and emotions in regional social protest movements.

Thursday, November 15
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"A new deal? Renegotiating civil-military relations in Egypt"
A Conversation with Dr. Yezid Sayigh

Dr. Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the future political role of Arab armies, the resistance and reinvention of authoritarian regimes, and the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace process.

Tuesday, November 13
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance"
A Conversation with Dr. Jason Brownlee

Dr. Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches Middle East politics and US foreign policy.

He will be discussing his new book, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance.

Thursday, November 1
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Arab Transitions to What?
A Panel Discussion

Eva Bellin, Brandeis University
Tamara Wittes, Brookings Institution
Daniel Brumberg, United States Institute of Peace; Georgetown University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss the political transitions in the Arab World since the region's uprisings.

Wednesday, October 10
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria"
A Conversation with Dr. Joshua Stacher

Dr. Joshua Stacher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. Prior to joining KSU, Stacher was a post- doctoral fellow at Syracuse University. Stacher's scholarship focuses on authoritarian durability and social movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

He will be discussing his new book, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria.

Tuesday, September 18
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
The New Struggle for Syria
A Panel Discussion

Daniel L. Byman, Brookings Institution; Georgetown University
F. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont
Curt Ryan, Appalachian State University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss the regional dimensions of the Syrian conflict.

Monday, September 10
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


Past Events – Spring 2012

POMEPS Event Series
"Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience"

A Conversation with Dr. Bassam Haddad

Dr. Bassam Haddad, is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.

He will be discussing his new book, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience.



April 24

12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East
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A Conversation with Dr. Marc Lynch

Dr. Marc Lynch, is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is also the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

He will be discussing his new book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.



April 12

5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement

A Conversation with Dr. Wendy Pearlman

Dr. Wendy Pearlman, is the Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

She will be discussing her new book, Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement.



March 20

5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics

A Conversation with Dr. Nathan J. Brown

Dr. Nathan J. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author who specializes in Islamist movements, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism.

He will be talking about his new book, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics.



March 7

5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Syria's Uprising

A Panel Discussion

Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
Salwa Ismail, Univeristy of London
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss the uprisings and prospects for Syria.

February 21

12:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

A Conversation with Ashraf Khalil

Mr. Ashraf Khalil is a Cairo-based independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicagoo Tribune, and The Economist. He will be presenting remarks on his latest book, Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.



February 10

5:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

A Conversation with Dr. Timothy Mitchell

Dr. Timothy Mitchell is a political theorist and historian at Columbia University. His areas of research include the place of colonialism in the making of modernity, the material and technical politics of the Middle East, and the role of economics and other forms of expert knowledge in the government of collective life. Much of his current work is concerned with ways of thinking about politics that allow material and technical things more weight than they are given in conventional political theory. Dr. Mitchell brings together the fields of science and technology studies and postcolonial theory in his new book Carbon Democracy.



February 8

5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Yemen's Stalemate

A Panel Discussion

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sheila Carapico, Univeristy of Richmond
Laurent Bonnefy, Institut de Recherches et d'Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman, France centre francais d'archeologie et de sciences sociales de Sanaa, Yemen

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, Geogre Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss political dynamics and prospects for Yemen.

January 25

12:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


Past Events – Fall 2011

POMEPS Event Series
"Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State-Sponsored Militias"

A Conversation with Ariel I. Ahram

Ariel I. Ahram is assistant professor in the Department of International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include the politics of the Middle East, state formation and state failure, and multi-method research techniques. He earned a Ph.D. in Government and M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

In Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State-Sponsored Militias, Ariel Ahram offers a new perspective on a growing threat to international and human
security--the reliance of 'weak states' on quasi-official militias, paramilitaries, and warlords. Tracing the history of several "high profile" paramilitary organizations, including Indonesia's various militia factions, Iraq's tribal "awakening," and Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Basij corps, the book shows why and how states co-opt these groups, turning former rebels into state-sponsored militias. Building on an historical and comparative empirical approach that emphasizes decolonization, revolution, and international threat, the author offers a new set of policy prescriptions for addressing this escalating international crisis--with particular attention to strategies for mitigating the impact of this devolution of violence on the internal and international stability of states.

November 18th
7:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
After Tunisia's Election

A Panel Discussion

John P. Entelis, Fordham University
Chris Alexander
, Davidson College
Melani Cammett, Brown University

Moderated by: Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three political scientists will discuss the Tunisian election and possible outcomes, offering perspectives looking forward.

November 2nd
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square"

A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, The Struggle For Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to have signed by the author following the event.


October 24th
5:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
What Should the Palestinians Do Now?

A Panel Discussion

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Mouin Rabbani
, Institute for Palestine Studies
Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Moderated by: Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss prospects for Palestinians after the United Nations statehood bid.

October 4th
12:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
State of the Egyptian Revolution

A Panel Discussion

Rabab El Mahdi, American University in Cairo
Joshua Stacher
, Kent State University
Mona El-Ghobashy
, Barnard College

Moderated by: Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss the state of the revolution in Egypt and offer perspectives looking forward.

September 21st
3:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Tweeting the Arab Revolution: A Conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a non-resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government and a UAE-based columnist. His columns have been published internationally including: The Gulf News, The National Newspaper, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, and Open Democracy, amongst others. He has been recognized in Time magazine and is internationally renowned for his Twitter commentary (@SultanAlQassemi). He will discuss his experience monitoring the events of the Arab Spring.

September 15th
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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


IMES Lecture Series
The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

Charles Kurzman

Professor Kurzman, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, The Missing Martyrs. A limited number of books will be available for GW students. A book signing and reception will follow.

September 9th
7:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

This event is sponsored by IMES and the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers.


Past Events – Spring 2011


Project on Middle East Political Science
Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia
A Conversation with Stephane Lacroix

Featuring

Stephane Lacroix, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, "Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Saudi Arabia." A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to get signed by the author following the event.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW


Project on Middle East Political Science
Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel

A Conversation with Nadav Shelef

Featuring

Nadav Shelef, the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, "Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel 1925-2005." A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to get signed by the author following the event.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wine Reception 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW


Project on Middle East Political Science
Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

Three leading political scientists discuss the future of democracy promotion and democratic reform prospects in the Middle East.

Featuring

Ellen Lust
Yale University

Eva Bellin
Hunter College

Steven Heydemann
United States Institute of Peace

Moderated by

Marc Lynch
George Washington University

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW


Project on Middle East Political Science
Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats: Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia
A Conversation with Steffen Hertog

Featuring

Steffen Hertog, lecturer in comparative politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, "Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats: Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia." A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to get signed by the author following the event.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW


Project on Middle East Political Science
Tunisia: Protests and Prospects for Change

Protests broke out in Tunisia on December 17 and have only continued to escalate. The demonstrations have captured the attention of the entire Arab world, and raised both fears of and hopes for political change. Why did the demonstrations erupt, and where will they lead? How will they affect the rest of the Arab world? What should the Obama administration do?

Featuring

Christopher Alexander
Davidson College

John P. Entelis
Fordham University

Moderated by

Marc Lynch
George Washington University

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW

 

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