POMEPS Studies 31: Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

POMEPS Studies 31: Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

This spring, major protests swept through Jordan over economic grievances and subsidy reforms. In July, protestors took to the streets in the south of Iraq, demanding that the government address persistent unemployment, underdevelopment, and corruption. Meanwhile, earlier in 2018, Tunisians

Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: A Conversation with Janine Clark

Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: A Conversation with Janine Clark

On this week’s podcast, Janine Clark discusses her new book Local Politics in Jordan and Morocco: Strategies of Centralization and Decentralization (Columbia University Press, 2018). This book examines why Morocco decentralized while Jordan did not and evaluates the impact of their divergent paths,

Why Terrorists Quit: A Conversation with Julie Chernov Hwang

Why Terrorists Quit: A Conversation with Julie Chernov Hwang

On this week’s podcast, Julie Chernov Hwang talks about her new book, Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists, (Cornell Press, 2018) on the factors  that convince jihadists to move away from the extremist ideologies of groups like Jemaah Islamiyah and

Revolution Without Revolutionaries: A Conversation with Asef Bayat

Revolution Without Revolutionaries: A Conversation with Asef Bayat

On this week’s podcast, Asef Bayat talks about his new book, Revolution Without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring, (Stanford University Press, 2017) a comparative analysis on the 2011 revolutions and those of the 1970s. “These [2011] revolutions happened at a time when

Bedouins into Bourgeois: A Conversation with Calvert W. Jones

Bedouins into Bourgeois: A Conversation with Calvert W. Jones

On this week’s podcast, Calvert W. Jones discusses her new book, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization, (Cambridge University Press, 2017) on the state-led social engineering campaign in the United Arab Emirates. “In the UAE, the leaders clearly don’t want democratic citizens.