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#35 — April 16, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies and coordinator of the international studies program at the University of Richmond. She is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of activism in Modern Arabia (1998). Lynch and Carapico discuss her recent release Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation as well as Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference and the impacts of U.S. drone strikes on Yemen.

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Panelists discuss the insurgency in Syria, the organizational problems of the Syrian opposition and how will these challenges shape the conflict moving forward, as well as the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries. This event was held on November 8, 2013.

Panelists: 

Steven Heydemann  – United States Institute of Peace

Zachariah Mampilly – Vassar College

Wendy Pearlman – Northwestern University

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl – University of Virginia 

Moderated by: 

Marc Lynch – George Washington University 

For background information on the situation in Syria, please visit the updated POMEPS Arab Uprisings Bibliography.

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Monica Marks discusses political Islam, youth politics, and the Tunisian constitutions with comments by Dr. William Lawrence.

Monica Marks is a leading expert on contemporary Tunisian politics. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in Foreign PolicyThe New York Times, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of the newly released Brookings report on Tunisia entitled “Convince, Coerce, or Compromise? Ennahda’s Approach to Tunisia’s Constitution.” As lead Tunisia researcher for the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), Marks authored “Inside the Transition Bubble,” a report analyzing international technical assistance flows for Tunisia’s transition. Marks is a Tunisia-based Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation examines internal transition in Tunisia’s Ennahda, focusing on ideological and organizational transformations since the 2011 revolution. She is a recipient of a POMEPS Travel–Research–Engagement grant to support field research on forging pluralism and internal dispute and ideological restructuring in Tunisia’s Ennahda Party.

Dr. William Lawrence is a visiting professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. [click to continue…]

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Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is an associate professor of political science at Emory University. Wickham’s current research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, focusing on the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states. She is the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt. She discussed her recent release The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.

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#34 — February 20, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, associate professor of political science at Emory University. Wickham’s research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, particularly the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states. She is the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt. Lynch and Wickham discuss Islamist movements and Wickham’s recent release The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.

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#33 — February 7, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with François Burgat, senior researcher at CNRS at the Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence, France and principal investigator of When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World. Burgat’s research focuses on politics in the contemporary Arab world and Islamism with a concentration on Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. He is the author of Islamism in the Shadow of al Qaeda (2008), Face to Face with Political Islam (2002), and The Islamic Movement in North Africa (1997). Lynch and Burgat discuss the evolution of Islamic Movements and current dynamics in political Islam.

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Rethinking Islamist Politics

February 6, 2014

François Burgat, Thomas Hegghammer, Bruce Lawrence, and Tarek Masoud analyze the state of Islamist politics in the Middle East. They discuss the current directions of the Muslim Brotherhood and electoral politics, Salafism, and jihadist movements, as well as trends in the broader Islamic context.

Panelists:
François Burgat – Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman
Thomas Hegghammer –  Norwegian Defense Research Establishment
Bruce Lawrence – Duke University
Tarek Masoud – Harvard University

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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#32 — January 30, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). Hegghammer’s research centers on Islamic militancy and transnational terrorist groups. He is the author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia (2010) and co-author of The Meccan Rebellion (2001) and al-Qaida in its Own Words (2008). Lynch and Hegghammer discuss jihadist trends and Syria.

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David Faris is an assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University. Faris discussed his new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

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#31 — December 6, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with David Faris, assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University. Lynch and Faris discuss social media, the Egyptian revolution, and Faris’s new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

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