Dara Conduit of Deakin University talks about her book, The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, with Marc Lynch on this week’s podcast. The book explores the Muslim Brotherhood’s history to understand why it failed to capitalize on its advantage as the most prominent opposition group in Syria as the conflict unfolded, addressing significant gaps in accounts of the group’s past to assess whether its reputation for violence and dogmatism is justified. (Starts at 29:05). Marwa Shalaby of the University of Wisconsin joins to talk about her article, “Women in Legislative Committees in Arab Parliaments” (co-authored by Leila Elimam), published in Comparative Politics. (Starts at 0:47). Bozena Welborne of Smith College discusses her article, “On Their Own? Women Running as Independent Candidates in the Middle East,” published in Middle East Law and Governance. (Starts at 15:35).