Event Videos

Hisham D. Aidi is a 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). Aidi discusses his recent release Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture.

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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.

Panelists:

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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