POMEPS Conversations

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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#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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#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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#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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#37 — September 12, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Kaveh Ehsani, assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University. He is the author of the forthcoming book Oil and Society: Abadan and Urban Modernity in 20th Century Iran and co-author of the forthcoming book The New Politics of Post-Revolution Iran. Lynch and Ehsani discuss Iranian politics, the presidencies of Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Khatami, and Iranian football.

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#36 — September 9, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Tarek Masoud, associate professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (2008). Lynch and Masoud discuss his recent release Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt as well as political Islam and the present state of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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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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