POMEPS Conversations

hesham sallam

This week’s conversation is with Hesham Sallam of Stanford University. He speaks with Marc Lynch about competing narratives of the Egyptian revolution. Sallam is a Research Associate at CDDRL and serves as the Associate-Director of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy. He is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya ezine.

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Read more from Sallam:

The Egyptian Revolution and the Politics of HistoriesPS: Political Science and Politics, Volume 46, Issue 2 (April 2013).

Striking Back at Egyptian WorkersMiddle East Report 259 (Summer 2011).

Letting Go of Revolutionary Purity, Jadaliyya (January 2014).

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stacey yadav

This week’s conversation is with Stacey Philbrick Yadav. She speaks with Marc Lynch about the ongoing civil war in Yemen and the difficulty of an enduring resolution. Yadav is the author of Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon  and a frequent contributor to the Monkey Cage.

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Yadav is an associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East. Her research focuses on the role of Islamist organizations in the transformation of public spheres, concentrating on research in Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, and Israel. She is also a member of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

Read more from Yadav:

Yemen’s Houthis and Islamist republicanism under strainThe Monkey Cage (February 2, 2015).

The limits of ‘sectarian’ framing in Yemen. The Monkey Cage (September 25, 2014).

Tawakkul Karman as Cause and Effect. Middle East Report (Fall 2011).

POMEPS Conversation #19 (May 7, 2013).

 

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This week’s conversation is with Lindsay J. Benstead. She speaks with Marc Lynch about who votes for women, and why, in the Middle East. Benstead is noted for her work in survey methodology and public opinion in the Middle East. She’s written about gender quotas in governments, democracy in the Middle East, and Tunisia’s election and female candidates for the Monkey Cage.

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Benstead is an assistant professor of political science in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Middle East and North African politics and research methods. Her research focuses on identity politics, clientelism, public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East and North Africa. She is also a contributing scholar in the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science and a M.A.E. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Read more from Benstead:

Effects of Interviewer–Respondent Gender Interaction on Attitudes toward Women and Politics: Findings from Morocco. Oxford Journals, Social Sciences International Journal of Public Opinion, Research Volume 26, Issue 3.

Why Quotas Are Needed to Improve Women’s Access to Services in Clientelistic Regimes. Governance (2015).

Does Interviewer Religious Dress Affect Survey Responses? Evidence from Morocco. Politics and Religion, Volume 7, Issue 04, December 2014.

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The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, with Michael Wahid Hanna & Thanassis Cambanis of The Century Foundation. They talk about the upcoming fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution on January 25, and the challenges facing Egypt today.

Cabman’s is the author of Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story. Hanna’s most recent report is Egypt’s Next Phase, and he is the author of Getting Over Egypt at Foreign Affairs. Hanna wrote Blame Morsi following the coup, which was collected in POMEPS Brief No. 20.

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The first episode in the new POMEPS Conversations series features my George Washington University colleague Nathan Brown. Currently the director of GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Brown recently concluded a term as the president of the Middle East Studies Association. He is also a member of the POMEPS Advisory Board and my colleague at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Program. Brown has been an exceptionally prolific and thoughtful analyst of Egypt and the Arab world and his newest book is When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (Cornell University Press). He contributes frequently to the Monkey Cage, including most recently “Why Egypt’s new Parliament will be born broken” (October 13, 2015) and “Who is running the Egyptian state?” (July 31, 2015).

Listen to my conversation with Nathan Brown about Egyptian politics today— you can stream below or download here.

Marc Lynch

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The POMEPS Conversations video series has always been one of my favorite POMEPS activities.  We launched the series in September 2012 with a long conversation with Columbia University’s Timothy Mitchell about his then new book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil.

By the third episode, a conversation with Gregory Gause, we had settled into a distinctive format. In each episode, I would talk with a visiting scholar for no more than 15 minutes about anything from a new book, recent research, issues in the headlines, or their career. We recorded 48 episodes in all, ending in May 2015 with a conversation with Temple University’s Sarah Bush about her book Taming Democracy Assistance. This fall we stopped recording conversations because of my research sabbatical.

I am therefore delighted to announce the return of the POMEPS Conversation series as an audio podcast. I will continue to talk with a wide range of political scientists about their research and about current events. I will also talk with the occasional non-political scientist when it seems appropriate. The audio format gives us more flexibility in recording the conversations, especially as POMEPS ventures outside of GW, and will spare viewers my radio-friendly visage. We hope to post a new conversation each week, so be sure to stay tuned for more podcasts.

The first episode in the new POMEPS Conversations series features a familiar voice: my George Washington University colleague Nathan Brown. Currently the director of GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Brown recently concluded a term as the president of the Middle East Studies Association. He is also a member of the POMEPS Advisory Board and my colleague at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Program. Brown has been an exceptionally prolific and thoughtful analyst of Egypt and the Arab world and his newest book is When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (Cornell University Press). He contributes frequently to the Monkey Cage, including most recently “Why Egypt’s new Parliament will be born broken” (October 13, 2015) and “Who is running the Egyptian state?” (July 31, 2015).

Listen to my conversation with Nathan Brown about Egyptian politics today— you can stream below or download here.

Marc Lynch

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#48 — May 7, 2015. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks to Sarah Bush, assistant professor of political science at Temple University. She is the author of The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Lynch and Bush discuss this new book, which looks at democracy promotion in Jordan and Tunisia.

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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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#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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