POMEPS convenes working conferences at the George Washington University and partner institutions focused on developing articles and books in progress. These workshops serve to strengthen the field as a unified research and scholarly enterprise, to help junior scholars accelerate their publication of quality articles and books, and to increase intellectual and professional interaction within the field. Invitations for proposals will be posted here.

Bridging the Gap, an initiative dedicated to strengthening the relationship between scholars of international relations and the foreign policy community, annually holds a professional development institute for professors and a workshop for PhD students who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.

Please see below for details on the applications for each program.

2016 New Era Foreign Policy Conference (NEFP)
Sunday, March 6, 2016 – Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: December 11, 2015
For Doctoral Students or Recent PhDs

The New Era Foreign Policy Conference is an annual two-day workshop for Political Science Ph.D. students, post-docs, and foreign policy experts. Participants are asked to assess the medium-term challenges and opportunities currently facing the United States, to critically examine the macro-level goals that underpin American foreign policy, and to devise the strategies and policies meant to achieve these goals. On the basis of these discussions, participants are encouraged to generate and shape policy-relevant research ideas. In the past, these ideas have contributed to participants’ dissertation projects and have also resulted in conference papers, published academic articles, and pieces in policy journals.

Rather than the presentation of papers with panels and discussants, the format of the conference is a series of workshops and scenario-planning sessions. At past conferences, the PhD students have been joined by policy experts with experience at the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Brookings Institution, NPR, the United States Mission to the United Nations, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

2016 International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI)
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – Thursday, June 9, 2016
Location: School of International Service at American University
Application Deadline: January 8, 2016
For Professors (all ranks) and Post-docs

IPSI is a weeklong professional development program for professors of all ranks and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.

The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to IR scholarship, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and the broader policy community.


The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fourth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 13, 2015. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure, and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2015. Only first book projects will be considered. Each manuscript will be discussed in depth by at least two senior colleagues. The goal of the discussion is to prepare the manuscript for submission to an appropriate press. Research can focus on any aspect of the contemporary politics of the broader Middle East.

To apply please send by 5:00 pm May 1, 2015* to in one PDF document:

  • CV and 2-3 page description of the project
  • A chapter-length writing sample (preferably the introductory chapter of the dissertation/book manuscript)
  • A list of 3 to 5 senior scholars from whom you most would like feedback (including at least 2 of whom are not primarily Middle East specialists)
  • Contact information for at least two academic references (including a dissertation chair)

Please contact Cortni Kerr at or 202-994-2309 with questions.

* Please note new deadline



The University of Southern California and the Project on Middle East Political Science invite proposals to participate in the Rethinking Nation and Nationalism Workshop that will be hosted on February 6, 2015 at the University of Southern California.

The Arab uprisings of 2011 have shown that questions of physical boundaries and national identities long seen as resolved may in fact be open to reconfiguring. Insurgencies spanning Syria and Iraq and the (re)assertion of regionalism in Libya are only the most violent of the processes currently underway challenging long-established physical national frontiers.  Embattled regimes have produced new national narratives to legitimate their rule, while sectarian and Islamist movements have taken on new manifestations. Refugee movements triggered by these conflicts and longer-standing processes of migration within, into, and out of the region have led to large communities of nationals established outside the countries of their citizenship. [click to continue…]

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We are pleased to invite proposals from specialists on the Middle East for a forthcoming workshop on Comparative Political Development in Post-Soviet Russia/Eurasia and the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on December 8-10, 2014 (Monday-Wednesday) co-sponsored by the George Washington University’s Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), and the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. Sessions will be structured around full-length draft working papers or book chapters (all in English). Applicants must hold a PhD or be a PhD degree candidate in political science or a related field. [click to continue…]

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The Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop is a special opportunity for scholars who have not yet received tenure. Junior scholars at the conference have their complete dissertation or book manuscripts discussed in depth by at least two invited senior colleagues with an eye toward preparing the work for publication.

The first Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop was held in October 2012 at Yale University. Six junior scholars were brought together with 12 leading senior scholars in the fields of political science and Middle East studies.

October 2014

Ben Shitrit, Lihi. Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism in Religious Political Movement.

Bishara, Dina. Contesting Authoritarianism: Challenges to State Corporatism in Egypt.

Hajj, Nadya. Formalization on Frontiers: Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps.

Holmes, Amy Austin. A Revolution in Three Waves: Mass Risings in Egypt against the Mubarak Regime, the Military Junta, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Welborne, Bozena. Emerging Veto Players? Exploring Women’s Political Agency in the Middle East and North Africa.

Zencirci, F. Gizem. Neoliberal Welfare: Islamism, Secularism and New Cultures of Generosity in Turkey.

November 2013

Buttorff, Gail. The Logic of Opposition: Legitimacy and Electoral Strategy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Jones, Calvert W. Bedouins in Bourgeois; Kings, Experts, and Citizen-Making in the United Arab Emirates.

Szekely, Ora. We are the Resistance: Resources, Relationships, and the Politics of Survival in the Middle East.

Thurston, Alex. Managing Ruptures, Telling Histories: Northern Nigerian Muslim Intellectuals and Arab Universities, 1900-2012.

Wainscott, Ann Marie. How an Islamic Solution Became an Islamic Problem: Education, Authoritarianism and the Politics of Opposition in Morocco.

October 2012

Bush, Sarah. The Taming of Democracy Assistance: When and Why Democracy Promotion Doesn’t Confront Dictators.

Gao, Eleanor X. Diverse but not divisive: Tribal diversity and public goods provision in Jordan.

Krause, Peter. The Political Effectiveness of Non-State Violence: A Structural Theory of Social Movements and the Pursuit of Power.

Lepori, Dunya C. Governing Piety: Islam, Empire and Moderation in Late Modernity.

Parkinson, Sarah. Reinventing the Resistance: Order and Violence Among Palestinians in Lebanon.

Tabaar, Mohammad. The (De)Secularizing Impact of Politics on Iran’s Theocracy.

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