This Week on Monkey Cage: Tunisia, Yemen, and the Islamic State

POMEPS is launching a weekly post to highlight Middle East analysis on the Monkey Cage blog on The Washington Post. In March 2014 POMEPS joined the Monkey Cage where it publishes articles, mainly from political scientists focusing on the Middle East.

This week on Monkey Cage, January 30 – February 6, 2015:

Monica Marks of Oxford University provides a nuanced analysis of dynamics of Tunisia’s new government, noting that if the government is confirmed, it will send reassuring signals that Tunisia is stepping toward pluralism.

Amy Austin Holmes of American University in Cairo explains what the battle for Kobane says about U.S. overseas military bases

Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland reveals new survey data on how Americans really feel about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the “Islamist Politics in the Shadow of the Islamic State” symposium: 

Richard A. Nielsen of MIT cautions against thinking the Islamic State plays along with sovereignty norms in the international system. And don’t miss Nielsen in the most recent POMEPS Conversations video with POMEPS Director Marc Lynch.

Quinn Mecham of Brigham Young University evaluates the “state-ness” of the Islamic State.

Sharanbir Grewal of Princeton University points to institutional factors in the divergence between Egyptian and Tunisian paths to democracy.

Stacey Philbrick Yadav of Hobart and William Smith Colleges calls on analysts to have a better understanding of the ideological convergence between Yemen’s Houthi and Islahi movements.

Khalil al-Anani of George Washington University and Johns Hopkins SAIS dissects the “ISIS’ification” of Islamist politics.


POMEPS Monkey Cage content is edited by the POMEPS team, which includes Monkey Cage Contributing Editor Marc Lynch, Assistant Editor Mary Casey-Baker, and Program Assistant Cortni Kerr.

— C.K. 



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