Decolonizing Memory, COVID-19 in MENA, Democratic Reform in Jordan (S. 11, Ep. 21)

Jill Jarvis of Yale University joins Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast to discuss her new book, Decolonizing Memory: Algeria and Politics of Testimony. In the book, Jarvis analyzes the magnitude of the legal violence exercised by the French to colonize and occupy Algeria. (Starts at 0:42). Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl of Leiden University and Kevin Koehler of Leiden University discuss their latest article, “Governing the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa: Containment Measures as a Public Good” published in Middle East Law and Governance. (Starts at 32:37). Sean Yom of Temple University and Wael Al-Khatib of the Arab Political Science Network discuss the prospects for democratic reform in Jordan. (Starts at 48:37). You can read their report from the Project on Middle East Democracy here.




Music for this season’s podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir’s work on his YouTube Channel.

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