POMEPS Conversations

#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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#34 — February 20, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, associate professor of political science at Emory University. Wickham’s research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, particularly the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states. She is the author of Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt. Lynch and Wickham discuss Islamist movements and Wickham’s recent release The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.

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#33 — February 7, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with François Burgat, senior researcher at CNRS at the Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence, France and principal investigator of When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World. Burgat’s research focuses on politics in the contemporary Arab world and Islamism with a concentration on Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. He is the author of Islamism in the Shadow of al Qaeda (2008), Face to Face with Political Islam (2002), and The Islamic Movement in North Africa (1997). Lynch and Burgat discuss the evolution of Islamic Movements and current dynamics in political Islam.

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#32 — January 30, 2014. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with Thomas Hegghammer, director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). Hegghammer’s research centers on Islamic militancy and transnational terrorist groups. He is the author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia (2010) and co-author of The Meccan Rebellion (2001) and al-Qaida in its Own Words (2008). Lynch and Hegghammer discuss jihadist trends and Syria.

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#31 — December 6, 2013. The George Washington University’s Marc Lynch, director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, speaks with David Faris, assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University. Lynch and Faris discuss social media, the Egyptian revolution, and Faris’s new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

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