POMEPS held its third annual conference, “New Opportunities for Political Science,” at George Washington University May 29-30, 2012. Over the course of two days, 32 leading political scientists discussed nine areas in which the field of political science of the Middle East can grow. Panel discussion topics included: social movements, elections and parties, authoritarianism, survey research, regional international relations, violence and transitional justice, political economy, Islamist movements, and political communications. Prior to the conference, participants submitted memos on where they believed political science should be turning considering recent developments in the Middle East. POMEPS published a collection of these memos in a special briefing book, New Opportunities for Political Science.