Institute for Middle East Studies

News Archive – 2009

IMES Director, Prof. Marc Lynch, says President Obama's deadline to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan is a crucial part of the strategy, in a New York Times op-ed.


Congratulations to IMES faculty who published books in 2009!


Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement, Cambridge, March 2009.

Nathan Brown, The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East, with Eman Shahin, Routledge, October 2009.

Hossein Askari, Globalization and Islamic Finance: Convergence, Prospects, and Challenges, with Z. Iqbal and A. Mirakhor, John Wiley and Sons, November 2009.

 

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown authored a commentary titled After Abu Mazin? Letting the Scales Fall From Our Eyes which was published by both the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Lebanese newspaper al-Nahar.

IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari authored, "Iran's Economic Vulnerability: Self-Inflicted, not Sanction-Driven," for the Century Foundation, in which he argues that Iran's weak economy is the result of large scale Iranian emigration.


IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle was recently interviewed by the U.S. State Department about her Diaspora Capital Investment Project (GW-DCIP). In her research on diaspora communities, Riddle examines how, "innovations in transportation and communication technologies now allow migrants to psychologically and physically connect with their countries of origin in ways that were virtually unimaginable in the past." Read the full Articles here, and here.


IMES graduate student Kyle Spector
authored a memo for DC-based think tank Third Way, in which he argues that that trying the 9/11 conspirators in New York's federal courts is in the best interest of U.S. national security.
Read "Bringing the 9/11 Conspirators to Justice."

Congratulations to the GW students who participated in the NCUSAR Capital Area Regional Model Arab League conference, held at Georgetown University on November 6-8, 2009:

  • Waseem Ahmed, Alexa Tohme, Heba Taha, Josh Grace, Laura Alazhari, Laura Galian, Muhammad Ahmed, Nedra Cherif, and Rama Williams won the Outstanding Delegation Award for their representation of Lebanon, and
  • IMES graduate students Amirah Ismail and Rahul Ravi won the Outstanding Delegation Award for their representation of Egypt on the Joint Defense Council.

IMES graduate students Jessica Glover and Andrea Smith were among a select group of young professionals selected to attend the Project on Middle East Democracy's "Emerging Leaders for Democracy Conference Series" in Cairo, Egypt. Glover and Smith joined a small group of Egyptian and American colleagues to discuss issues related to democracy, human rights, and US foreign policy.

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown contributed a chapter entitled "Islamist Political Parties in the Arab World," discussing the Islamic Constitutional Movement in Kuwait to the book Interpreting Islamic Political Parties (Nov 2009)

IMES Faculty Associate Ilana Feldman authored an article in the Journal of Palestine Studies (Spring 2009) discussing the possible negative consequences of identifying the current situation in Gaza as primarily a humanitarian problem.
Read the abstract: "Gaza's Humanitarianism Problem"

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown co-edited a new book titled The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East. (October, 2009) The book looks at democracy and democratization in the Middle East taking into account regional perspectives and realities.

IMES Faculty Associate Ilana Feldman authored an article in the Journal of Palestine Studies (Spring 2009) discussing the possible negative consequences of identifying the current situation in Gaza as primarily a humanitarian problem.
Read the abstract: "Gaza's Humanitarianism Problem"

The Gelman Library at George Washington University unveiled a new collection of Middle East rare books. The collection's highlights include a 1688 edition of "The Alcoran of Mahomet" - the first English language translation of the Quran - and a 1638 Spanish translation of rabbi and scholar Moses Almosnino's "Extremos y grandezas de Constantinopla." Read the article here.

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown contributed a chapter called "Islamist Political Parties in the Arab World" discussing the Islamic Constitutional Movement in Kuwait to the book Interpreting Islamic Political Parties (Nov 2009)

IMES Graduate Student Kivanc Ozcan published a book review titled From Plow to Nuclear Power... Story of the century", (October 2009) of the book "A History of Modern Iran" by Ervand Abrahamian. His review will be published in the Turkish academic journal, Dogudan later this month. Ozcan was also accepted as a Research Intern by Center for Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden for the Fall 2009 semester. He will be conducting research on the Kurdish issue in Turkey.

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown wrote a commentary titled "Palestine: The Schism Deepens" (August 2009) for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari authored two op-eds, "Don't Speak," The National Interest Online, for nationalinterest.org (September 25, 2009), and "The Resolute Ahmadinejad Knows How To Survive," for National Public Radio (September 25, 2009).

IMES Faculty Associate Kelly Pemberton spoke on a panel called "Muslim Women Peacebuilders" at American University on September 30th, 2009.

IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown contributed a chapter called "Islamist Political Parties in the Arab World" discussing the Islamic Constitutional Movement in Kuwait to the book Interpreting Islamic Political Parties (Nov 2009) He also wrote a commentary titled "Palestine: The Schism Deepens" (August 2009) for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari authored an op-ed, "A Smarter Way to Sanction Iran" in the Christian Science Monitor (September 22, 2009).

IMES Director Marc Lynch recently received an appointment as a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.


Nathan Brown was named a 2009 Carnegie Scholar for his "compelling ideas and commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam." Brown was also named a 2009-2010 Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. The work these fellowships will be funding will analyze the impacts of increased participation by Islamist groups in electoral politics on both the movements themselves and the political systems in which they operate.

Marc Lynch recently received an appointment as a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and IMES Faculty Associate, Walter Reich, took questions from Washington Post readers about the recent shooting on June 11.

Chris Kojm has been appointed to be the next chairman of the National Intelligence Council.


Nathan Brown was named a 2009 Carnegie Scholar for his "compelling ideas and commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam." Brown was also named a 2009-2010 Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. The work these fellowships will be funding will analyze the impacts of increased participation by Islamist groups in electoral politics on both the movements themselves and the political systems in which they operate.


GW Receives $1 million from Kuwait in Support of IMES
The State of Kuwait, through the generosity of the Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahsmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has presented The George Washington University with a $1,050,000 gift in support of the Institute for Middle East Studies. GW President Steven Knapp notes that, "His Highness's generosity will help us continue to build one of this nation's premier centers for the study of this important region."
Read the press release


Prof. Hossein Askari offers five reasons why the Iranian mullahs should embrace Israel in the International Herald Tribune.


Can Cairo Reassemble Palestine?
In a new report P D F iconfor the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, IMES Director Nathan J. Brown assesses the current Palestinian unity talks, brokered by Egypt, concluding that they have little chance of success without a significant international push led by the next U.S. administration.


IMES Faculty Associate Marc Lynch's influential Middle East politics blog Abu Aardvark has moved to ForeignPolicy.com.


IMES Faculty Associate Jennifer Brinkerhoff discusses the ways immigrant communities use the internet in her new book Digital Diasporas: Identity and Transnational Engagement.


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