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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.


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

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

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

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


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).


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).


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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Rouhani’s Iran

September 23, 2014

President Hassan Rouhani’s election in 2013 appeared to signal a shift in Iranian politics and international affairs. The Panelists joined POMEPS for a reflection on social trends, domestic and international political dynamics, and other developments during Rouhani’s first year in office. This event was held on September 11, 2014.


Kaveh Ehsani – DePaul University

Shervin Malekzadeh – Swarthmore College and George Washington University

Norma Claire Moruzzi – University of Illinois at Chicago

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar – Texas A&M University

Moderated by:

Marc Lynch – George Washington University


Tarek Masoud is an 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). Masoud discusses his recent release Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (2014).


Sheila Carapico is a 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). She discussed her recent release Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation.


Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain discuss their recent release Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring. Philip Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Howard directs the World Information Access Project and the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam. He is the author of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. He teaches courses on research methods, politics online, and international development. Muzammil M. Hussain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington’s department of communication, and comparative international researcher at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement focusing on information infrastructure and social organization, and digital media and political participation.


Panelists discuss the insurgency in Syria, the organizational problems of the Syrian opposition and how will these challenges shape the conflict moving forward, as well as the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries. This event was held on November 8, 2013.


Steven Heydemann  – United States Institute of Peace

Zachariah Mampilly – Vassar College

Wendy Pearlman – Northwestern University

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl – University of Virginia 

Moderated by: 

Marc Lynch – George Washington University 

For background information on the situation in Syria, please visit the updated POMEPS Arab Uprisings Bibliography.

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