New Challenges for Islamist Movements

January 22, 2015 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
The George Washington University
1957 E Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20052
Cortni Kerr

From the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the regional suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood and decline of Ennahda’s prominence in Tunisia, Islamist movements across the Middle East are confronted by new challenges at the start of 2015. Join POMEPS for a panel discussion on the organizational challenges facing Islamist movements and how Islamists, from new youth members to senior leadership, are responding.


Khalil al-Anani — Johns Hopkins University 

Raphaël Lefèvre — University of Cambridge 

Monica Marks — Oxford University 

Quinn Mecham — Brigham Young University 

Moderated by: 

Marc Lynch — George Washington University 


For background reading on the some of the challenges facing Islamist movements, read POMEPS Briefings 25 Syria and the Islamic State, POMEPS Studies 6 Rethinking Islamist Politics, and recent articles from The Monkey Cage:

How Jordan uses Islam against the Islamic State,” By Michael Robbins and Lawrence Rubin 

Arab views on governance after the uprisings,” By Michael Robbins and Mark Tessler

The evolution of Islamism since the Arab uprisings,” By Quinn Mecham

The Islamic State and the politics of official narratives,” By Laurie Brand 

Saudi Arabia’s Muslim Brotherhood predicament,” By Stéphane Lacroix

Why Egypt’s military orchestrated a massacre,” By Amy Austin Holmes 


 This event is part of a special series on Islam in a Changing Middle East supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.  


Featured Photo: Al Jazeera English. Shared under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License.


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