POMEPS Conversations

#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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#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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#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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