Stories from the Field, Political Budget Cycles in Autocracies, Yemen Ceasefire (S. 11, Ep. 26)

Ora Szekely of Clark University and Peter Krause of Boston College join Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast to discuss their new book, Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science. In the book, political scientists from a diverse range of biographical and academic backgrounds describe research in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The contributors reflect not only on their own experiences but also on larger questions about research ethics, responsibility, and the effects of their personal and professional identities on their fieldwork. (Starts at 0:45). Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed of Columbia University discusses his latest article, “Political Budget Cycles in Autocracies: The Role of Religious Seasons and Political Collective Action published in Politics and Religion by Cambridge University Press.  (Starts at 34:47). Hadil al-Mowafak of the Yemen Policy Center discusses the current ceasefire in Yemen. (Starts at 47:48).


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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