This Week on Monkey Cage: The Resurgence of the Security State

Arab Thermidor update

This week’s post is actually a “last week” post as the POMEPS team was busy Friday launching the new POMEPS Studies collection “The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of of the Security State” and saying farewell and good luck to long-time POMEPS Assistant Director Mary Casey-Baker.

** Event alert: “The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism” – A Conversation with Toby Matthiesen, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m, Friday, March 6. RSVP here ** 

New on Monkey Cage:

POMEPS Director Marc Lynch introduces the Arab Thermidor: “Since the Arab uprisings, Arab states seek to project that they have become stronger, but in fact they have only become fiercer — and that does not bode well for their long-term stability.”

Nicole F. Watts of San Francisco State University demonstrates how Kurdish activists and lawmakers are re-thinking nationalism and the meaning of national governance.

Brian McQuinn of the University of Oxford asks, in Libya, will Misrata be the kingmaker?

Stephen W. Day of Rollins College challenges popular narratives about the the underlying factor’s of Yemen’s recent political turmoil.

And don’t miss the latest POMEPS Conversations:

Monica Marks, one of the leading new voices on Tunisian politics, chats with Marc Lynch about misguided comparisons between Egypt and Tunisia and dynamics of Tunisia’s Islamists.

— C.K. 

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