John Waterbury of Princeton University talks about his latest book, Missions Impossible: Higher Education and Policymaking in the Arab World, with Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast. The book seeks to explain the process of policymaking in higher education in the Arab world, a process that is shaped by the region’s politics of autocratic rule. (Starts at 33:42). Irene Weipert-Fenner of the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt talks about her article, “Go local, go global: Studying popular protests in the MENA post-2011,” published in Mediterranean Politics. (Starts at 0:59). Mariam Salehi of the Berlin Social Science Center discusses her new article, “Trying Just Enough or Promising Too Much? The Problem-Capacity-Nexus in Tunisia’s Transitional Justice Process,” published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. (Starts at 20:24).