Institute for Middle East Studies
News Archive – 2010
Congratulations to IMES faculty who published books in 2010!
Hossein Askari, The Stability of Islamic Finance: Creating a Resilient Financial Environment for a Secure Future; Islam and the Path to Human and Economic Development, with Z. Iqbal, A. Mirakhor, and N. Kirchenne, Wiley Finance, March 2010.
Hossein Askari, Corruption and Its Manifestations in the Persian Gulf, with S. Rehman, Edward Elgar Publishing, December 2009.
Hossein Askari, Islam and the Path to Human and Economic Development, with A. Mirakhor, Palgrave Macmillan, July 2010.
Michael Barnett, The International Humanitarian Order, Routledge Press, December 2009.
Nathan Brown, Between Religion and Politics, with A. Hamzawy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 2010.
Mohssen Esseesy, Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators: A Corpus-Based Study, Brill Academic Publishers Inc., August 2010.
Ilana Feldman,In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care, with M. Ticktin, Duke University Press, November 2010.
Bernard Reich, The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 6th Edition, with D. Long, and M. Gasiorowski, Westview Press, August 2010.
IMES Faculty Associate Robert Weiner presented his paper, "Conflict and Corruption in International Trade: Who Helped Iraq Circumvent United Nations Sanctions?" (Coauthored with Yujin Jeong, Assistant Professor at HEC Montreal) at the Yale Conference on Anti-Corruption Policy.
IMES Faculty Associate Ilana Feldman authored an article in the September issue of American Anthropologist titled "Ad Hoc Humanity: Peacekeeping and the Limits of International Community in Gaza." American Anthropologist 112, 3 (2010): 416-29. See the abstract here.
IMES Faculty Associate Edward Gnehm was elected Chair of the Board of American Near East Refugee Aid. ANERA is a 40-year old NGO that works with refugees in the Middle East. Read more about ANERA at www.anera.org.
IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown participated in a panel discussion titled "Towards a Palestinian State: Is Institution-Building Succeeding?" at the Carnegie Institute on September 29th. Watch the event here.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari authored "The Iranian Economy, Part 1: Iran's slide to the bottom," and "The Iranian Economy, Part 2: Ahmadinejad shuns a brighter future," on Asia Times Online. (September 2010) Read them here and here.
IMES Visiting Scholar Hesham Al-Awadi authored a chapter titled "Kuwait" in the 12th edition of The Middle East, edited by Ellen Lust. (August 2010)
IMES Visiting Scholar Radwan Ziadeh authored a chapter called "Syria: The Underpinnings of Autocracy: Conflict, Oil and the Curtailment of Economic Freedom" in the book Democracy in the Arab World: Explaining the Deficit. (September 2010)
IMES Visiting Scholar Mohammad Tabaar authored a post on "How Iran Sees the Sanctions." on Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel. Read it here.
IMES Faculty Associate Mona Atia was awarded the 2010 Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award of Merit of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) (July 2010).
IMES Faculty Associate Mohssen Esseesy held a training workshop at the Councils on International Education for teachers of critical languages. He presented on the implementation of the principles of cooperative learning in the Arabic language classroom.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari coauthored two new books titled Corruption and its Manifestation in the Persian Gulf, with S. Rehman and N. Arfaa (August 2010), and Islam and the Path to Human and Economic Development, foreword by Ali Allawi, with Abbas Mirakhor (August 2010). See them here and here.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari was interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations on the recent economic sanctions on Iran. The transcript for the interview titled "A Weakened but Resourceful Iran," can be found here. (August 2010)
IMES Director Marc Lynch authored an article in The Atlantic titled "Striking Iran is Unwarranted and it Would Mean Disaster" (August 2010). He also authored an article in Foreign Affairs titled "Veiled Truths: The Rise of Political Islam in the West" (September/October 2010). Read them here and here.
IMES Director Marc Lynch published a report for the Center for New American Security titled "Rhetoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama" (2010). In this report he looks at the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism. Download the report here.
IMES Director Marc Lynch was featured on PBS News Hour in a segment on the planned September 11th Quran-burning in Florida. He talks about the perception of such an event abroad, and how it can hurt US efforts to better relationships with the Muslim world. (September 7, 2010) Watch the interview here.
IMES Faculty Associate Yaron Pelegrecently returned from a month of research at the Dubnow Institute in Leipzig, Germany, where he received a grant to pursue his project on the Hebrew novel in historical perspective. He focuses on the peculiar lack of romance in 19th and early 20th century Jewish novels.
IMES Faculty Associate Ilana Feldman was awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support her project on the Palestinian experience with humanitarian assistance. This project will explore the impact of long-term humanitarian aid on Palestinian community and politics. The grant will support research over a three-year period in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, as well as in the United States. The project will involve archival research, oral histories, and ethnographic fieldwork with Palestinian refugees and with the agencies and organizations that provide assistance to them. (September 2010)
IMES Faculty Associate Judith Yaphepublished an article titled "Republic of Iraq," in The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 6th ed., (NY: Westview, 2011), 123-159. See the book here.
IMES Visiting Scholar Radwan Ziadeh published an essay titled "Syria: Prospects for Peace with Israel" in Revolve Magazine. He argues that the Golan Heights are central to any potential peace plan, and concludes that "Water, regional power and international interests will determine the outcome." Read the article here.
IMES Faculty Associate Jennifer Brinkerhoff delivered a training on diaspora engagement to US State Department and US Agency for International Development personnel (July 8, 2010). She also facilitated a discussion of diaspora engagement experience with desk officers working on the Middle East (Near East Affairs Bureau).
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle was interviewed by Voice of America for a story called "Clicking for a Cause" about diaspora investment through web portals. You can listen to the piece here. (June 2010)
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle received a GW Institute for Corporate Responsibility Summer Research Grant. This grant and her 2010-2011 GW Institute for Public Policy Research Scholar Grant are supporting her work on diaspora investment and entrepreneurship.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari published a book titled Islam and the Path to Human and Economic Development, (foreword by Ali Allawi, with Abbas Mirakhor, New York: US, Palgrave Macmillan, July 2010). He also served on a special Study Group at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
IMES Faculty Associate Ambassador Edward Gnehm was awarded the Foreign Service Cup at Foreign Affairs Day at the State Department on May 7. The Cup is awarded annually to a former Foreign Service Officer who continues to support the Service and advance interest in America's foreign policy.
IMES Faculty Associate Melani McAlister was interviewed by al-Jazeera English for a special focusing on images of terrorism and the US military in film, called "Empire".
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle presented her paper, "Diaspora Investment Potential,' at a conference on International Entrepreneurship in Africa at Syracuse University. She also published (with Kate Gillespie and Brad McBride) "Globalization, Biculturalism, and Cosmpolitanism" in the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 10(1): 37-53.
IMES Faculty Associate Murhaf Jouejati was invited by the Royal Danish Defense College to speak before the Danish Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, Parliament, and NGOs at a Conference in Copenhagen on "the US, the Obama Administration, and the Middle East." (May 4-6, 2010). He also spoke about Syria and the Levant at the Foreign Service Institute. (May 11, 2010)
IMES Faculty Associate Mohammad Tabaarauthored an op-ed, "Iran's Green Movement and the Grey Strategy of Patience" (April 30, 2010), for the Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel. He was also quoted in a Brazilian newspaper about President Lula's trip to Iran. Read it in Portuguese.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari sat on a panel titled "Iran's Economic Health and the Impact of Sanctions" at the Carnegie Endowment. (April 27). Watch it here.
IMES Faculty Associate Jennifer Brinkerhoff published an article titled "International Development Management: A Northern Perspective." (with Derick W. Brinkerhoff; Public Administration and Development, Vol. 30, No. 2 (May 2010): 102-115). She also advised Khaldoun Abou Assi (doctoral candidate, Syracuse University) in his writing of a companion piece, "International Development Management Through a Southern Lens" (same issue), which addresses development management practice in Lebanon.
IMES graduate student Thomas Strouse published an article in the The Kurdish Globe, the only English language newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan, on the oil policies of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Read KRG Oil Policies and Dependent Aspirations.(April 10, 2010)
IMES Faculty Associate Ambassador Edward Gnehm sat on a panel of former Ambassadors at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an Ambassador's Roundtable titled "The Obama Administration and Arab-Israeli Peace." (April 12, 2010).
IMES Faculty Associate Ambassador Edward Gnehm also recently moderated a discussion at the American Foreign Service Association with Ambassador John Negroponte on the challenges facing Foreign Service officers. Read the write-up from the Washington Post here. (April 8, 2010)
IMES Faculty Associate Ambassador Edward Gnehm was interviewed by a Turkish TV program called "Studyo Washington," and talked about the status of Middle East peace efforts, US-Israeli relations, Iran's nuclear program, Arab Gulf concerns, and Turkey's role in the region.
IMES Faculty Associate Hossein Askari authored two op-eds, "Sanction Iran," for The National Interest Online (April 2, 2010), and "Fed policy and the damage done," with Noureddine Krichene, for Asia Times Online (April 7/8, 2010).
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle spoke at the United Nations in Geneva on March 16, 2010 at a conference on investment for development hosted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development. She addressed the growing importance of Diaspora investment and entrepreneurship around the world and the need for governments to better track the flow and stock of these investments.
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle also presented a paper entitled, "The Potential of Diaspora Investment in Liberia" at the Liberian Studies Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on March 27, 2010.
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle also recently launched a three-year longitudinal study of participants in USAID and Western Union's Africa Diaspora Marketplace Project, a business plan competition for African diasporans and African Americans interested in starting a new business with a local partner in Africa. The GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project will survey a group of almost 750 participants every six months and conduct in-depth interviews with a subset group to better understand the business start-up experience of Diaspora entrepreneurs.
IMES Faculty Associate Liesl Riddle co-authored "Investing in Peace: The Motivational Dynamics of Diaspora Investment in Post-Conflict Economies" in the Journal of Business Ethics. Read it here.
IMES graduate student Thomas Strouse published an article titled "Kata'ib Hezbollah and the Intricate Web of Iranian Military Involvement in Iraq" in the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor. Read it here.
IMES Faculty Associate Dina Rizk Khoury gave a lecture on February 9, 2010 at UCLA entitled, "War, Citizenship and Memory in Iraq." The lecture was sponsored by the Department of History and the Von Grunembaum Center for Middle East Studies. Listen here.
IMES Director Marc Lynchwas interviewed on National Public Radio's On the Media about Resolution 2278, a bill that means to deter Arab satellite networks from broadcasting programs that could incite violence against Americans. Listen here.
IMES Faculty Associate Mohssen Esseesy's book Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators has been accepted for publication by Brill Academic Publishers in the Netherlands.
IMES Director Marc Lynch authored an op-ed for The New York Times titled "Just Stick to It" which discusses the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read it here.
IMES graduate student Kivanc Ozcan published a book review titled "Geçmisin Ìcad¡: Genesis-Köken Romanlar¡na Aç¡lan Elestirel Pencere" in December 2009. The review examined the book Genesis: "Büyük Ulusal Anlat¡" ve Türklerin Kökeni by Turkish author Murat Belge. Kivanc's review was published in the Turkish academic journal, Dogudan. The review, in Turkish, can be viewed here.
IMES graduate student Kivanc Ozcan wrote an article titled "Kürt Aç¡l¡m¡ ve elestiriyi kurmak" that was published in the Turkish newspaper Taraf in Decebmer, 2009. In the article he addresses the Turkish Justice and Development Party's newly launched Kurdish Initiative, as well as the critical and constructive criticisms it has received. Read the article, in Turkish, here.
IMES graduate student Ronan McGee published two articles for the Stimson Center's "Spotlight Analysis" Series titled "Oil Legislation in Iraq: A Step Towards Stability" (November 2009), and "Yemen and the GCC: Prospects for Membership" (October 2009). Read them here and here.
Elliott School undergraduate Hussain Nadim authors Pakistani textbook.
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