Islamist politics have been in a period of tremendous change since the Arab uprisings began in late 2010. After decades on the margins of political life in many Arab societies, Islamist parties were suddenly thrust into the center of post-uprisings politics. Yet, in 2014 two major developments reshaped Islamist politics on the ground and challenged long-standing assumptions: the rise of the Islamic State, and the Egyptian and regional repression of the Muslim Brotherhood.   ... Read more

Upcoming Events

12:00 PM “The Other Saudis: Shiism, Disse...
“The Other Saudis: Shiism, Disse...
Mar 6 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism" – A Conversation with Toby Matthiesen @ Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Toby Matthiesen is a research fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. He is the author of  Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University[...]
12:00 PM “The Taming of Democracy Assista...
“The Taming of Democracy Assista...
Apr 22 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"The Taming of Democracy Assistance" -- A Conversation with Sarah Bush @ Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Sarah Bush is an assistant professor of political science at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She is the recipient of the 2014 Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional[...]

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POMEPS Conversations

#47 — February 17, 2015. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Monica Marks, a visiting fellow at Columbia University's Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion and a doctoral fellow with the WAFAW program in Aix-en-Provence, France. Marks is a doctoral candidate at St Antony's College at  ... Read more

Past Events

Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:34 AM
From the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the regional suppression of  ... Read more


Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:52 PM
Dear POMEPS Community, It is with mixed emotions that we announce today that Mary Casey-Baker will be leaving the Project on Middle East Political Science after three and a half years as the POMEPS assistant director and assistant editor of’s Middle East Channel (2011-2014) and The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog (2014-present). Anyone who has worked with POMEPS in any way   ... Read more


Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:16 AM
“The Resource Curse in the Middle East and North Africa” May 2015 in Qatar – December 2015 in Kuwait The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 MENA Workshops program. This two-part   ... 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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