In 2011 uprisings broke out across the Middle East and North Africa, where people took to the streets demanding increased rights, freedoms, and in some cases the overthrow of dictators. Four years later, however, the region seems to be in the grip of a resurgence of authoritarianism. This Thermidor moment poses profound theoretical and analytical challenges to the study of the Arab uprisings and the potential for political change.   ... Read more

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12:00 PM New Challenges for Islamist Move...
New Challenges for Islamist Move...
Jan 22 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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[...]
12:00 PM “The Awakening of Muslim Democra...
“The Awakening of Muslim Democra...
Jan 27 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"The Awakening of Muslim Democracy" -- A Conversation with Jocelyne Cesari  @ Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 | Vancouver | Washington | United States
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[...]

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POMEPS Conversations

#42 — November 3, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Laurie A. Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Brand is the author of several works, including Citizens Abroad:  ... Read more

Past Events

Monday, July 7, 2014 1:36 PM
  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  ... Read more


Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:16 AM
POMEPS is thrilled to announce the addition of Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, and Vickie Langohr to the POMEPS Steering Committee and the addition of long-standing Steering Committee members Lisa Anderson, Michael Barnett, Steven Heydemann, and Shibley Telhami to the new POMEPS Advisory Board. Introductions:  Jason Brownlee is an associate professor in the department of government at the Univ  ... Read more


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 10:07 AM
The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to invite proposals for papers on the politics of the contemporary Middle East for its sixth annual conference at the George Washington University on May 21-22, 2015. The conference will include workshop discussi  ... Read more

POMEPS Publications

Monday, November 17, 2014 2:13 PM
Reflections on the Arab Uprisings POMEPS Studies 10 -- November 17, 2014 ‘Tis the season to reflect upon the course of the Arab uprisings. Over the last few weeks I have participated  ... Read more

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