Carapico: Political Aid and Arab Activism

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond, recently published Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation (Cambridge University Press). Political Aid and Arab Activism “examines transnational programs in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, the exceptional cases of Palestine and Iraq, and the Arab region at large during two tumultuous decades. To understand the controversial and contradictory effects of political aid, she analyzes discursive and professional practices in four key subfields: the rule of law, electoral design and monitoring, women’s political empowerment and civil society.”

Political Aid and Arab Activism

Carapico has been a frequent contributor to POMEPS and the Middle East Channel. Her articles include “Special operations in Yemen” (May 13, 2010), “What al-Jazeera shows and doesn’t show” (February 4, 2011),  “Worst and best case scenarios for Yemen” (March 24, 2011), and “No celebration of Yemen’s unity day” (May 24, 2011). She also pioneered the application of Katy Perry to the study of Yemeni politics. On January 25, 2012, she joined a POMEPS panel discussion on “Yemen’s Stalemate” (video of the event available here). In POMEPS Conversations 35, Carapico discusses Yemeni politics, from the National Dialogue Conference to drone warfare and political aid, with POMEPS Director Marc Lynch.

Carapico will be speaking at a POMEPS book talk on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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