Junior Scholar Virtual Research Workshops

Workshop #1: Accountability and Connections in Autocratic Governance

Date and Time

Friday, April 17th, 2020, at 2 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“It’s Good To Be King: Ruler Type and Perceptions of Democracy in Authoritarian Regimes;” Scott Williamson, Stanford University

“Bureaucrat-Local Politician Linkages and Hierarchical Local Governance in Emerging Democracies;” Salih Yasun, Indiana University Bloomington

“Ministries Matter: Horizontal Accountability Under Autocracy;” Erin York, Harvard Kennedy School

Discussants

Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University

Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University

Sean Yom, Temple University

Workshop #2: International Relations

Date and Time

Friday, April 24th, 2020, at 2 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“Mr. Otaiba Goes to Washington: Agenda-setting and Persuasion in Small-State Diplomacy” Andrew Leber, Harvard University

“The Norms and Practices of Sovereignty in the Arab State System;” Raslan Ibrahim, State University of New York Geneseo

“Conflicts, foreign intervention and the state in the Middle East and North Africa;” Irene Constantini, University of Naples L’Orientale

Discussants

Ariel Ahram, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

May Darwich, University of Birmingham

Greg Gause, Texas A&M University

Workshop #3: Social Movements

Date and Time

Friday, May 8th, 2020, at 2 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“From Different Origins to Similar Demands: Secular Feminists and Islamists in Tunisia;” Maro Youssef, The University of Texas at Austin

“Labor Protests and the Concessions-Repression Dilemma in Jordan;” Matthew Lacouture, Wayne State University

“Gateway Activism: From Pro-Palestinian Solidarity to Calls for Democracy in the Arab Gulf;” Dana El-Kurd, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Discussants

Sherine Hafez, University of California Riverside

Jillian Schwedler, City University of New York Hunter College

Ian Hartshorn, University of Nevada Reno

Workshop #4: Gaza

Date and Time

Friday, May 22nd, 2020, at 3 pm – 5 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

Hamas In Power: Governance, Clans, Mosque And Legitimacy ;” Abdalhadi Alijla, Orient Institute in Beirut

“Organization Strength – Cohesion, Continuity And Public Outreach: The Case Of Hamas;” Imad Alsoos, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

“Violent resistance in Gaza’s Great March of Return;” Pietro Stefanini, Palestinian Return Center

Discussants

Khalil al-Anani, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University

Workshop #5

Date and Time

Friday, June 12th, 2020, at 2 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“Legislative Opposition and the Autocrat’s Policy Agenda;” Daniel Tavana, Princeton University

“Battlefronts for Reform: The Elusive Quest of Achieving the Demographic Dividend in Rentier Economies;” Dania Thafer, Georgetown University

“Committee Assignments as Proxy to Understanding the Saudi Shura Council and Its Role in Policy Making 1994-2016;” Luai Ali, Independent Researcher

Discussants

Michael Herb, Georgia State University

Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University

Kristian Ulrichsen, Rice University

Workshop #6

Date and Time

Friday, June 19th, 2020, at 2 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“Whose Side Are You On? Opposition Expectations for Military Behavior During Popular Uprisings;” Matthew Cebul, University of Michigan and Sharan Grewal, College of William and Mary

“Clientelism and Competition: The Politics of Refugee Aid Coordination in Jordan;” Reva Dhingra, Harvard University

“Do International Declarations Affect Voting Behavior? Evidence from Trump’s “Deal of the Century” and the 2020 Israeli Elections ;” Chagai Weiss, University of Wisconsin – Madison and David Romney, Harvard University

Discussants

Kathleen Cunningham, University of Maryland

Rawan Arar, University of Washington

Sarah Bush, Yale University

Workshop #7

Date and Time

Friday, June 26th, 2020, at 1 pm – 4 pm, ET

Moderator

Marc Lynch, Professor at George Washington University & Director of Project on Middle East Political Science

Papers and Authors

“Exploiting Dissent: External International Interventions in the Arab Uprisings;” Shamiran Mako, Boston University

“What Have the Ottomans Ever Done for Us?’ Why Middle East Politics needs the Long Nineteenth Century;” Daniel Neep, Georgetown University

“National Listening: Refrains of Trauma and Resilience;” Michelle Weitzel, University of Basel

“Rethinking ‘Moroccan Exceptionalism’: A Re-periodization of the regime’s use of political violence in Morocco;” Yasmina Abouzzohour, Brookings Doha Center

Discussants

Matt Buehler, University of Tennessee

May Darwich, Durham University

David Patel, Brandeis University

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago