Event Videos

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.

Panelists: 

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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Monica Marks discusses political Islam, youth politics, and the Tunisian constitutions with comments by Dr. William Lawrence.

Monica Marks is a leading expert on contemporary Tunisian politics. Her work, which focuses primarily on Islamism, youth politics, and security reform in Tunisia, has appeared in Foreign PolicyThe New York Times, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of the newly released Brookings report on Tunisia entitled “Convince, Coerce, or Compromise? Ennahda’s Approach to Tunisia’s Constitution.” As lead Tunisia researcher for the Barcelona-based Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), Marks authored “Inside the Transition Bubble,” a report analyzing international technical assistance flows for Tunisia’s transition. Marks is a Tunisia-based Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Her doctoral dissertation examines internal transition in Tunisia’s Ennahda, focusing on ideological and organizational transformations since the 2011 revolution. She is a recipient of a POMEPS Travel–Research–Engagement grant to support field research on forging pluralism and internal dispute and ideological restructuring in Tunisia’s Ennahda Party.

Dr. William Lawrence is a visiting professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. [click to continue…]

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Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is an associate professor of political science at Emory University. Wickham’s current research focuses on the origins of political opposition in authoritarian settings, focusing on 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. She discussed her recent release The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement.

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Rethinking Islamist Politics

February 6, 2014

François Burgat, Thomas Hegghammer, Bruce Lawrence, and Tarek Masoud analyze the state of Islamist politics in the Middle East. They discuss the current directions of the Muslim Brotherhood and electoral politics, Salafism, and jihadist movements, as well as trends in the broader Islamic context.

Panelists:
François Burgat – Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman
Thomas Hegghammer –  Norwegian Defense Research Establishment
Bruce Lawrence – Duke University
Tarek Masoud – Harvard University

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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David Faris is an 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. Faris discussed his new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

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Why Moroccan Protests Failed

October 24, 2013

Lawrence, Benchemsi, and Jamai discuss the Arab Uprisings and Moroccan protest movement.

Panelists:
Adria Lawrence – Yale University
Ahmed Benchemsi – Stanford University
Aboubakr Jamai – Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow with the Bosch Foundation, editor of the French version of Lakome.com

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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James Toth is an anthropologist who studies Egypt, the Arab world, and the wider Islamic community. He has taught at the American University of Cairo and at Northeastern University, and since 2011, has worked at New York University in Abu Dhabi. He is the author of Rural Labor Movements in Egypt and Their Impact in the State, 1961-1992. Toth discussed his recent release Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual.

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The World Through Arab Eyes

September 26, 2013

Shibley Telhami, Nathan J. Brown, and Marc Lynch discuss new trends in Arab public opinion, and Telhami discusses his recent release The World Through Arab Eyes.

Panelists:
Shibley Telhami – University of Maryland
Nathan J. Brown – George Washington University
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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Christopher Davidson is a reader in Middle East Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, a former visiting associate professor at Kyoto University, and a former assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of several books on the politics and international affairs of the Gulf states, including Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success, and The Persian Gulf and Pacific Asia: From Indifference to Interdependence.

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Three leading political scientists discuss elections in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt.

Panelists:
Ellen Lust  Yale University
Lindsay Benstead  Portland State University
Matthew Buehler  University of Texas, Austin

Moderated by:
Marc Lynch – George Washington University

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