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Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist who reported from Yemen from 2009 to 2012. As the Arab Spring spread to the country in 2011, she found herself thrown into a maelstrom of popular protest and a government crackdown. Kasinof discusses her book, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, and her experiences documenting Yemen’s revolution.

This event was part of the IMES Title VI Journalism Initiative with the support of the Project on Middle East Political Science.

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The Arab Uprisings Explained

February 24, 2015

Authors from The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East assess their contributions critically, discussing what they missed, misinterpreted, exaggerated, or rushed to premature judgments about during the 2011 uprisings.

The Arab Uprisings Explained – Regime Responses

Panelists:
Marc Lynch, George Washington University (chair)
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace
Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University
Ellen Lust, Yale University
Curtis Ryan, Appalachian State University

The Arab Uprisings Explained – Publics and Others

Panelists:
Nathan Brown, George Washington University (chair)
Mark Tessler, University of Michigan
Michael Robbins, Princeton University
Vickie Langohr, College of the Holy Cross

The Arab Uprisings Explained – Economy and Civil Society

Panelists:
Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College, City University of New York (chair)
Clement Henry, American University in Cairo
David Patel, Brandeis University
Quinn Mecham, Brigham Young University

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#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 the University of Oxford. Lynch and Marks discuss Islamist movements and society in Tunisia, as well as Egypt.

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#46 — February 10, 2015. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Raphaël Lefèvre, a Gates Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, as well as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is the author of Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria (Oxford University Press, 2013) and co-author of State and Islam in Baathist Syria: Confrontation or Co-Optation? (Lynne Rienner, 2012). Lynch and Lefèvre discuss the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian Civil War, and Lebanon.

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Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of international relations and Middle East studies and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the 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 (Cambridge University Press 2006). She discusses her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (Stanford University Press 2014).

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#45 — February 2, 2015. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Richard A. Nielsen, assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some of his work is published or forthcoming in The American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, and Sociological Methods and Research. His current work uses statistical text analysis and fieldwork in Cairo mosques to understand the radicalization of jihadi clerics in the Arab world. Lynch and Nielsen discuss this work and his dissertation and book project, The Lonely Jihadist: Weak Networks and the Radicalization of Muslim Clerics, which explores why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant jihad while most do not.

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#44 — January 21, 2015. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with 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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