Week in Review: Morocco; Turkey; Syria; Islamism


From our Podcast

This week in our POMEPS Conversations podcast #59, Marc Lynch sits down with Merouan Mekouar to discuss the challenges facing Morocco now, five years after  Arab uprisings rocked the region. Last week in POMEPS Conversations podcast #58, Marc Lynch spoke with Justin Gengler about his research in Bahrain and the challenges posed by sectarianism and regional influence five years after the Arab Uprisings. To listen to the other podcasts in the series subscribe via iTunes here or stream them on SoundCloud here.

In the Monkey Cage

Steven Heydemann tackles the question of why the United States hasn’t intervened in Syria.

Kristin Fabbe, Chad Hazlett and Tolga Sinmazdemir discuss Syrian refugees’s hopes and fears for the future.

Maria Snegovaya asks, Will a post-Putin Russia look like Syria today?

Michael N. Barnett looks at what really unites and divides American and Israeli Jews.

Marc Lynch examines academia after the political science relevance revolution.

Jason Brownlee says Turkey’s authoritarian descent shakes up democratic theory.

Merouan Mekouar discusses how cronyism and lack of accountability are holding Morocco back.

Wendy Pearlman looks at the role of fear in Syria’s war.

See posts from our virtual symposium on the Arab uprisings at the five year mark here.

POMEPS Studies 17: Evolving Methodologies in the Study of Islamism

On January 29, 2016, scholars gathered for the Project on Middle East Political Science’s 3rd Annual workshop on Islamist politics as part of our Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative. The resulting essays offer an incredibly rich set of reflections that challenge the utility of core concepts such as “moderation” and “radical Islam.” They investigate the operation of specific causal mechanisms such as repression, identity, and organizational structure. They consider how newly available sources of survey and social media data can change our research approaches and remind us of all we have learned. Read all of the essays here.

Call for Proposals: Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop 2016

The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fifth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 10 — 11, 2016. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2016. Only first book projects will be considered. Each manuscript will be discussed in depth by at least two senior colleagues. The goal of the discussion is to prepare the manuscript for submission to an appropriate press. Research can focus on any aspect of the contemporary politics of the broader Middle East.

Find more information on how to apply here.

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