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Featuring Attiya Ahmad
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Popular accounts of the Arabian Peninsula often gloss the region as 'Wahabbi', or depict it as a space of intractable sectarian conflict. These accounts elide a more complicated religious terrain, one this presentaiton explores with reference to one of the region's largest Islamic da'wa movement. Since the mid-1970's Kuwait's da'wa movement has developed dialogically in relation to the country's shifting history of migration. Today it is comprised of a dynamic configuration of Muslims of different ethno-national backgrounds, one indexing the country's overall demographic compositions in which migrants and foreign residents from throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and to a lesser degree Europe and North America, constitute the majority of the population. Drawing on several years of ethnographic research, this presentation examines the cosmopolitan forms of belonging the movement's members develop through their interrelation and activities. By discussing the movements' classes and programming, Dr. Ahmad will highlight the processual nature of members' Muslim belongings, and how they develop in relation, rather than in opposition to their existing belongings.

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University where she researches and teaches on transnational labor migration and religious movements in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

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Institute for Middle East Studies

A Conversation with Amaney Jamal
Thursday, November 21, 2013

5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Dr. Amaney Jamal is Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and she currently directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. Jamal's current research focuses on democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World.

She will be discussing her most recent book Of Empires and Citizens: Pro-American Democracy or No Democracy at All?

A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
Book signing and reception will follow.

Sponsored By:

Project on Middle East Political Science

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Featuring Yael Berda
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

5:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

This talk will offer a rare institutional perspective on the Israeli permit regime in the West Bank. Yael Berda (Princeton University, PhD Student) will discuss the practices of the bureaucratic apparatus that controls the movement of Palestinian workers between Israel and the West Bank, situating her analysis within colonial histories of population management. Based on two years of research and data collected while Berda represented cases in Israel's Supreme and Military courts, this institutional ethnography will provide a rich empirical account of the Israeli permit system based on Berda’sinterviews, official correspondence, legal decisions and participant observation.

Yael Berda is an Israeli Lawyer and a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. Born in New York City and raised in West Jerusalem, Berda has been highly engaged in social justice activism and politics in Israel. Her first book, The Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The Permit Regime 2000-2006 was published in July 2012 by the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and Hakibutz Hameuhad Publishing (Hebrew).

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Institute for Middle East Studies

A Conversation with Dr. Mona Atia
Thursday, November 14, 2013

5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

Mona Atia is Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the about the intersection of civil society, geopolitics and financial networks in the contemporary Middle East. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Atia will discuss her new book Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt in a conversation with Diane Singerman, Associate Professor Department of Government, American University and Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The George Washington University.

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Institute for Middle East Studies

A Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 7, 2013
5:30pm

Funger Hall
Room 103

As the Syrian uprising approaches its third anniversary, the conflict is far from resolved and has entrenched tensions at the local, regional and international levels. The crisis has grown increasingly intractable in the face of the political stalemate, continued violence, and the mass exodus of refugees to neighboring countries. At this juncture, what are the organizational problems of the Syrian opposition and how will these challenges shape the conflict moving forward? Join POMEPS for a critical analysis and discussion of the insurgency in Syria.

Steven Heydemann - United States Institute of Peace

Zachariah Mampilly - Vassar College

Wendy Pearlman - Northwestern University

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl - University of Virginia

Moderated by: Marc Lynch - George Washington University

Sponsored By:

Project on Middle East Political Science

A Conversation with Professor Shira Robinson

 

Monday, November 4, 2013
5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

Shira Robinson is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University where she teaches the social and cultural history of the Modern Middle East. She holds a PhD in History from Stanford University.

Professor Robinson will discuss her new book in a conversation with Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Thompson, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia.

Sponsored By:

Institute for Middle East Studies

A Film Screening and Discussion with David Faris
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

5:30pm - 7:00pm ~ Screening of film
7:00pm - 8:00pm ~ Discussion

*K-12 educators are encouraged to attend and bring their students. The event is open to the general public.

Sponsored By:

The Project on Middle East Political Science and the Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the Department of Education's National Resource Center (NRC) grant program.

A Conversation with David Faris
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

12:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

David Faris is assistant professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University where he teaches Egyptian and Middle Eastern Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Pennsylvania University.

David Faris will discuss his new book Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt.

Tuesday, October 22
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor
RSVP here

*A limited number of books will be available free of charge to GW students, and books will also be on sale at the event.
**A light lunch will be served, and a book signing will follow the conversation.

Sponsored By:

The Project on Middle East Political Science and the Institute for Middle East Studies, with the support of the Department of Education's National Resource Center (NRC) grant program.

A Middle East Policy Forum Panel
Thursday, October 17, 2013

6:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Yigal Kipnis in his new pathbreaking book: 1973: The Road to War draws on recently declassified information revealing diplomatic overtures involving Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Anwar Sadat in the months preceding the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. William Quandt and Harold Saunders, both in senior positions in the U.S. Government at the time, will add their recollections of the events leading up to the October 6, 1973. Could the war have been avoided? What would the region have looked like? Come and hear their views on these and other fascinating aspects of this important moment in the Middle East.

  • Yigal Kipnis, Historian, University of Haifa
  • William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Harold Saunders, Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum,George Washington University

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.

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Middle East Policy Forum

A Film Screening featuring Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Writer / Director
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

5:30pm

2425 Virginia Avenue NW
Washington DC 20037

The Law in These Parts is an unprecedented exploration of the evolving and little-known legal framework that Israel has employed to administer its 40-year military occupation of the West Bank and, until 2005, the Gaza Strip. Celebrated Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (The Inner Tour) elicits this story from the very military judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who helped create the system and who agreed to take the cinematic witness chair to explain their choices.

Weaving together these interviews with archival footage, often in the same frame, Alexandrowicz has crafted a comprehensive and evocative portrait of a key facet of one of the world’s most stubborn and enduring conflicts. In doing so, The Law in These Parts reveals not only the legal architecture of military occupation, but also its human impact on both Palestinians and Israelis. The film asks a question as troubling as it is unavoidable: Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? Winner of jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

To find out more about the film, please visit the website here, where you can view a trailer and read reviews of the film.

5:30pm - 7:00pm--Documentary screening
7:00pm - 7:45pm--Discussion and Q&A with Director Alexandrowicz

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