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Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In fall 2014 Arian was a visiting scholar at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. His research interests include Islamic social movements, U.S. relations with the Middle East, Islam and globalization, Islamic law and society, and the history of Islam in the United States. He is a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera English. Lynch and Arian discuss the Muslim Brotherhood and student activism in the 1970s, and his recent release Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Melani Cammett is a professor of government at Harvard University. She is the author of Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2007, 2010). She discusses her recent books Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press, 2014) and The Politics of Non-state Social Welfare (Cornell University Press, 2014).

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#43 — December 29, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Michael Herb, associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. He is the author of All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies. Lynch and Herb discuss economic development and politics in the Persian Gulf and his new release The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE.

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Joel S. Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author of Boundaries and Belonging: States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices (2004), The Palestinian People: A History (2003), Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society (2001), and several other works. He discusses his most recent work Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (2014).

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#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: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (2006). Lynch and Brand discuss national narratives and the construction of histories in Egypt, Algeria, and Jordan, and her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014).

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#41 — October 30, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Melani Cammett, associate professor of political science at Brown University, as well as a faculty fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies and a faculty associate at the Population Studies and Training Center. She is the author of Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2007, 2010). Lynch and Cammett discuss political parties and social service provision as well as her recent books Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (2014) and The Politics of Non-state Social Welfare (2014).

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#40 — October 21, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Joel S. Migdal, the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Migdal is the author of Boundaries and Belonging: States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices (2004), The Palestinian People: A History (2003), Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society (2001), and several other works. Lynch and Migdal discuss governance, the Arab Uprisings, U.S. foreign policy, and his recent release Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (2014).

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#39 — September 26, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Hisham D. Aidi, 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 (2009). Lynch and Aidi discuss his recent release Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture as well as jazz diplomacy, Hip Hop, and Islam.

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Rouhani’s Iran

September 23, 2014

President Hassan Rouhani’s election in 2013 appeared to signal a shift in Iranian politics and international affairs. The Panelists joined POMEPS for a reflection on social trends, domestic and international political dynamics, and other developments during Rouhani’s first year in office. This event was held on September 11, 2014.

Panelists:

Kaveh Ehsani – DePaul University

Shervin Malekzadeh – Swarthmore College and George Washington University

Norma Claire Moruzzi – University of Illinois at Chicago

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar – Texas A&M University

Moderated by:

Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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#38 — September 17, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Norma Claire Moruzzi, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Speaking Through the Mask: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Social Identity, which won the 2002 Gradiva Book Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Moruzzi is currently working on a project on the changing roles of secular middle class women in contemporary Iran. Lynch and Moruzzi discuss the status of women in Iran under President Hassan Rouhani, as well as women’s education and political participation.

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