Voices from Syria: Book discussion with Wendy Pearlman @ Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505
Sep 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Wendy Pearlman will join POMEPS to discuss her new book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria (Harper Collins, 2017) on Thursday September 28, 2017 at 5:30pm. The product of hundreds of interviews conducted over four years, this book eloquently relates the stories of Syrians uprooted and displaced by a violent conflict. Pearlman is an associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. She will be joined by discussants: Omar Dahi of Hampshire College, Jeffrey Isaac of Indiana University Bloomington, Jillian Schwedler of Hunter College CUNY, and Lisa Wedeen of the University of Chicago. The discussion will be moderated by POMEPS director Marc Lynch of George Washington University, and there will be time reserved for audience questions.

Copies of the book will be available for students.

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New Shia politics across the Middle East @ Elliott School for International Affairs, Room 505
Oct 12 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Nasir al-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

This panel of top scholars will discuss new trends in Shi’a political thought and activism. With expertise spanning the Middle East – from Lebanon to the Gulf to Iran – this panel will share innovative research about Shi’a movements and ideology and provide much-needed nuance on a subject too often oversimplified with false dichotomies of sectarianism.

Laurence Louer is Research Fellow at CERI/SciencesPo in Paris

Mohammad Ali Kadivar is a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs

Diana Zeidan is a PhD candidate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux Sociaux (EHESS-IRIS) in Paris.

Toby Matthiesen is a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.

The panel will be moderated by POMEPS director Marc Lynch and allow time for questions from the audience.

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Militant Group Survival in the Middle East – book event with Ora Szekely @ Elliott School for International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons
Oct 30 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Dr. Ora Szekely will join POMEPS to discuss her new book, The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships, and Resistance. This innovative book compares the performances of four key non-state actors in the Arab-Israeli conflict ecosystem: the PLO, Hamas, Hizbullah, and Amal. It argues that it is not the assets a militant group has, but rather how it acquired them that matters in explaining the variation in these actors’ abilities to militarily resist and politically recover from confrontations with far more powerful adversaries. Groups that rely on marketing campaigns to secure local support and regional patronage do far better than those that rely on coercion or even barter. The book develops a typology of organizations based on their foreign and domestic policies, which has interesting implications for other non-state actors, such as the Islamic State. It is based on field research in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Egypt, and Syria, including interviews with members of a range of Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups, as well as politicians, UN staff, journalists, and members of the Jordanian and Israeli armies.

Szekely is an assistant professor of political science at Clark University and is affiliated with Clark’s programs in Peace Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. Her research focuses on the foreign and domestic policies of non-state and proto-state military actors in the Middle East, specifically, the ways these groups mobilize support from the public and their state sponsors, and how that support shapes their overall effectiveness both politically and militarily.

There will be limited copies of the books available for students.

A light lunch will be provided.

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