In this week’s podcast, Marc Lynch begins the episode by announcing the winners of the American Political Science Association MENA Politics Section Awards. (Starts at 0:56). Maya Mikdashi of the Rutgers University joins Marc Lynch to discuss her new book, Sextarianism: Sovereignty, Secularism, and the State in Lebanon. The book analyzes how sex, sexuality, and sect shape and are shaped by law, secularism, and sovereignty in Lebanon. (Starts at 5:47). You can read Marc Lynch’s review of the book on his blog. Gregory Gause of Texas A&M University, Curtis Ryan of Appalachian State University, and Waleed Hazbun of the University of Alabama discuss their chapter in The Political Science of the Middle East: Theory and Research Since the Arab Uprisings, which focuses on the U.S.’s declining geopolitical leverage in the Middle East. (Starts at 36:41).