#19 – May 7, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Stacey Philbrick Yadav, assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East. Philbrick Yadav’s research focuses on the role of Islamist organizations in the transformation of public spheres, concentrating on research in Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, and Israel. Lynch and Philbrick Yadav discuss Lebanese and Yemeni political Islam and Philbrick Yadav’s new book Islamists and the State.
#18 – March 21, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Christopher Davidson, reader in Middle East Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Davidson was formerly visiting associate professor at Kyoto University, and assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states, including Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success, and The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence. Lynch and Davidson discuss Gulf politics and Davidson’s recent publication, After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies.
#17 – February 25, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Lindsay Benstead, assistant professor of political science at Portland State University’s School of Government. Her working book project, Legislative Connections: Why Diverse Patterns of Parliamentary Clientelism Stabilize Authoritarian Governance in Arab North Africa, examines the relationship between regime type and the structure of patron-client relationships. Benstead also examines gender-related dimensions of electoral politics, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East. Lynch and Benstead discuss elections in Tunisia and Algeria, and a recent public opinion survey she collaborated on in Tunisia.
#16 – February 18, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Matthew Buehler, Ph.D. candidate in the department of government at the University of Texas, Austin, where he researches and teaches politics of the Middle East and North Africa. His doctoral dissertation compares the success and failure of opposition alliances between Islamists and leftists in the Arab Spring, specifically in Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauritania. His publications include “Safety-Valve Elections in the Arab Spring: The Weakening (and Resurgence) of Morocco’s Islamist Opposition Party” and the forthcoming “The Threat to ‘Un-Moderate’: Moroccan Islamists and the Arab Spring.” Lynch and Buehler discuss current political dynamics and Islamism in Morocco as well as Mauritanian domestic politics.
#15 – February 13, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Ellen Lust, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Lust received a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the politics of authoritarianism and the prospects for development. She is the author of Structuring Conflict in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and The Middle East (CQ Press, 2010), and co-edited Political Participation in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Press, 2008) and Governing Africa’s Changing Societies (Lynne Rienner Press, forthcoming). Lynch and Lust discuss Jordan’s January 2013 parliamentary elections, participation, and the Jordanian reform process.
* The speaker’s opinions are her own, and not those of the Carter Center.
#14 – February 4, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Gershon Shafir, professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He specializes in Comparative-Historical Sociology, Nationalism, Citizenship and Globalization, Middle Eastern Societies, Theory. His co-authored Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenships won the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Award for best book on the Middle East in 2002. Lynch and Shafir discuss his recent publication co-edited with Mark Levine Struggle and Survival in Israel and Palestine, an anthology of 25 life histories, as well as the Israeli and Palestinian peace process.
#13 – January 28, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Ilan Peleg, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Government & Law at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is an Adjunct Professor of Israeli Society at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute. Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Studies Forum. His publications include: Begin’s Foreign Policy: Israel’s Turn to the Right, The Peace Process in The Middle East, Negotiating Culture & Human Rights, Democratizing the Hegemonic State: Political Transformation in the Age of Identity, and the forthcoming The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush. Lynch and Peleg discuss Israeli politics and the implications of the January 22, 2013 election, identity politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
#12 – December 20, 2012. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Michael Willis, University Research Lecturer and King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He is the author of Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring. Lynch and Willis discuss the rise of Islamist parties in Algeria post 1988 and the democratic transition and then address current political dynamics in the Maghreb and the Arab Uprisings.
FPRI’s Program on the Middle East is soliciting submissions for its article series: The Middle East Media Monitor. Middle East Media Monitor is a series within FPRI’s notable E-Note publication, published monthly, reviewing a current topic in the Middle East media from the perspective of the foreign language press coverage in countries such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, etc. [...]
The American Political Science Association (APSA) is accepting applications for participation in the 2013 APSA MENA workshop hosted by the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. Applications are accepted till May 3, 2013. The 2013 MENA Workshop, entitled “Varieties of Democracy” will be held from September 8 to 21 at AUC. Led by a joint [...]
The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for a Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Yale University on September 27-28, 2013. Applicants may be at any career stage prior to tenure, but must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, [...]
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