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A Conversation with Philip Howard and Muzammil Hussain
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Dr. Philip Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He directs the World Information Access Project (wiaproject.org) and the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam (pitpi.org). He is the author of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. He teaches courses on research methods, politics online, and international development.

Muzammil M. Hussain is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington's Department of Communication, and comparative international researcher at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE) focusing on information infrastructure and social organization, and digital media and political participation.

 

Howard and Hussain will discuss their new book Democracy's Fourth Wave: Digital Media and the Arab Spring.

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Project on Middle East Political Science

A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

6:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
The City View Room, 7th Floor

Please join AIC and Project Nur, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, for the third event in a groundbreaking series exploring the intersections and divergences of faith and reason in "Science and Islam." Dialogues, held at college campuses across the country, address issues like creation, evolution and extraterrestrial life. A panel of prominent Muslim scientists, along with students and other audience members, explore Muslim perspectives on science and discusses how Muslim Americans grapple with some of today's scientific advancements

Keynote Speaker 
Dr. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is professor of nuclear and high energy physics, and teaches at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D degrees, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the Baker Award for Electronics and the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. In 2010, Dr. Hoodbhoy received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.
Over a period of 25 years, Dr. Hoodbhoy created and anchored a series of television programs that dissected the problems of Pakistan's education system, and two other series that aimed at bringing scientific concepts to ordinary members of the public. He is the author of "Islam and Science - Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality", now in 8 languages. As the head of Mashal Books in Lahore, he leads a major translation effort to produce books in Urdu that promote modern thought, human rights, and emancipation of women. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. Also in 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council. He is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists.

 

Moderator
Dr. Muhammad H. Faghfoory is professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University where he teaches courses on Islam, Sufism, Islamic Art and Spirituality, Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Islamic Political thought, and Shi'ite Islam and other related courses.
He received his Master's degrees in history and Middle East studies from the University of Illinois, and a Master's degree and a PhD in political science and Middle East studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at the University of Tehran and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-Los Angeles, Islamic Manuscripts Specialist at Princeton University, and at the Library of Congress, and adjunct professor of Middle East History at Mary-Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Dr. Faghfoory has written, translated, and edited nine books, numerous book chapters, articles, and book reviews. His works have been published by the State University of New York Press, University Press of America, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Muslim World, International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, and the International Journal of Shi@'i Studies. He has lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and participated in interfaith dialogue organized by American media. His most recent work is a long monograph on "War and Peace in Shi'ite Islam," a project sponsored by Peace Research Institute of Norway and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Currently, he is working on a book on Clergy-State Relations in Iran: 1979--present.

 

Panelists
Dr. Asad Q. Ahmed is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of California, Berkeley. Prior to holding this appointment, he was the Harper Schmidt Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and a distinguished Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Dr. Ahmed received his BA with the highest honors from Yale University in 2000. His undergraduate work focused on western philosophy and literature, in which fields he received distinctions from the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Literature at Yale University.
He received his PhD with distinction from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, in 2007. Dr. Ahmed specializes in early Islamic social history and Islamic intellectual history, with a special focus on the rationalist sciences. He is the author of the following books: *The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz* (Oxford, 2011), *Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic* (Oxford, 2011), and *The Islamic Scholarly Tradition* (Brill, 2010).
He has also published numerous articles in the fields of Islamic rationalism, including philosophy, logic, and theology, in international journals and collected volumes. Dr. Ahmed currently chairs the Mellon Seminars called "Graeco-Arabic Rationalism in Islamic Transmitted Sciences: The Post-Classical Period" and is the editor-in-chief of the *Oxford Series in Post-Classical Islamic Intellectual History* (OUP). He is also co-editor of the prestigious international journal of Islamic Studies, called *Oriens*, and editor for the Qur'an and Early Islam sections of *The Marginalia Review*. He is the recipient of numerous distinguished fellowships and awards, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He works with twelve research languages, including Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syriac, and Latin.

Dr. Omar Sultan Haque is a psychologist, physician, and philosopher, and is an Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University in the laboratory of Steven Pinker, and in the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School supervised by Harold Bursztajn. He is a co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit. His research investigates empirical as well as normative questions at the intersections of psychology, medicine, religion, and philosophy.
His research and training has been supported by a number of awards, grants and fellowships, including from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, and the Centre for Anthropology and Mind at Oxford University.
Dr. Haque's research and ideas have been covered by and appeared in a number of media venues, including the Atlantic Monthly, BBC, Boston Globe, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, NPR, Scientific American, Washington Post, and Wired Magazine.

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This event is sponsored by The American Islamic Congress' Project Nur, and the John Templeton Foundation. 

A Book Discussion featuring Sadakat Kadri

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
3:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Some fourteen hundred years after the Prophet Muhammad first articulated God's law--the shari'a--its earthly interpreters are still arguing about what it means. In Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law, legal historian and human rights attorney Sadakat Kadri argues that many people in the West harbor hazy or wrong ideas about Islamic law. Searching for the facts behind the myths, he traces the turbulent journey of Islam's foundation and expansion and shows how the Prophet's teachings evolved gradually into concepts of justice.

Sadakat Kadri is a legal historian and English barrister at the Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to his latest book, he regularly contributes to various publications including The Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson (2005).

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

Featuring Dr. Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
5:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism establishes the existence of a special radical trajectory spanning four continents and linking Beirut, Cairo, and Alexandria between 1860 and 1914. It shows that radical ideas (more often than not a selective adaptation of socialist and anarchist ideas) were regularly discussed, disseminated, and reworked among intellectuals, workers, dramatists,Egyptians, Ottoman Syrians, ethnic Italians, Greeks, and others in these cities. It argues that migrant networks were central to the making of a globalized world, partly through the dissemination of ideas and practices that challenged the global world order and the logic of global capitalism.

The book challenges nationalist and elite narratives of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history as well as Eurocentric ideas about global radical movements. It seeks to "deprovincialize" the history of the Eastern Mediterranean by emphasizing its social, cultural and intellectual links with other parts of the world.

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi received her Ph.D. in History/Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in 2004.  She is currently Associate Professor of Middle East and World History at Northeastern University.  Her Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914 was published by University of California Press in 2010, and she has authored a number of articles and book chapters on the history of the Left in the Arab Mediterranean region, global migrations, and theater in the late nineteenth century.

Sponsored By:

This event is sponsored by the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East, and the Institute for Middle East Studies.

A Conversation with Stacey Philbrick Yadav
Thursday, April 11, 2013

6:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Dr. Stacey Philbrick Yadav is an assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East. Her research focuses on the role of Islamist organizations in the transformation of public spheres, concentrating on research in Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, and Israel.

She will be discussing her upcoming book Islamists and the State.

Sponsored By:

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

6:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

As Iraq reemerges as a major oil producer after years of domestic turmoil, Iran continues to develop its petroleum sector despite economic sanctions. Focusing on energy sectors in Iran and Iraq, the panelists will discuss the influence of energy developments on regional relations. They will also highlight important trends in regional oil production and consumption.

Dr. Bijan Khajehpour is a managing and founding partner of Atieh International, a Vienna-based management consulting firm, and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris. Siamak Namaziis the general manager of Access Consulting Group, a Dubai-based private regional consultancy, and holds an MBA from the London Business School and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.

Dr. Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner, Atieh International

Siamak Namazi, General Manager, Access Consulting Group

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
8:30am

Elliott School of International Affairs
The City View Room, 7th Floor

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together a diverse group of Middle East scholars from across the U.S. to discuss empirical and theoretical issues related to the contemporary Middle East political economy. Each panelist will present a unique 'think-piece' that outlines how he or she is addressing these issues through their own research agendas — and how the field of regional political economy has changed in the wake of the Arab uprisings.

Panel I - The Politics of Economic Indicators and Official Interpretations: What are we Measuring and What Does it Mean?

Featuring

  • Pete Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University
  • Karen Pfeifer, Professor Emeritus, Smith College
  • Shana Marshall, Research Instructor and Associate Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University

Panel II - The Economic Foundations of the Contemporary Distributive State in the Middle East: Understanding New Modes of State Patronage

  • Toby Jones, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
  • Michael Herb, Associate Professor and Director of the Middle East Institute, Georgia State University
  • Mary Ann Tetreault, Una Chapman Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, Trinity University

Keynote Luncheon - "The Political Economy of the Modern Middle East: Using the Past to Think About the Future"

Featuring Roger Owen, AJ Meyer Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University
*a light lunch will be served*

Panel III - Uprising Economics: The Material Roots of Unrest and the Range of State Responses

  • Omar Dahi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Hampshire College
  • Bassam Haddad, Assistant Professor and Director of the Middle East Studies Program, George Mason University
  • Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Sponsored By:

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East.
This event is also supported by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

A panel discussion with a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq

 

Monday, April 8, 2013
11:00am

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

On April 9, 2003, the statue of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square was toppled. Ten years after Iraq's liberation not all is well in the country, although the Kurdistan Region has indeed been liberated from Saddam's rule and it is thriving more than ever. Senior members of the Kurdistan Regional Government will discuss the current political stalemate in Iraq, including natural resources disputes and security confrontations in the Disputed Internal Boundaries. They will also provide their perspective on other regional developments, not least the situation in Syria, as well as prospects for conflict resolution in Turkey.

  • H.E. Dr. Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to President Barzani
  • H.E. Falah Bakir, Minister, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations
  • H.E. Qubad Talabani, Minister, Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-up

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University
    and
    Pal Arne Davidsen, Ambassador Stuart Fellow at IERES

 

Sponsored By:

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

A Conversation with Jenny White

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
6:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Dr. Jenny White is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the anthropology department at Boston University. She is the former president of the Turkish Studies Association and of the American Anthropological Association Middle East Section, and sits on the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She is the author of Islamist Mobilization in Turkey: A Study in Vernacular Politics (2002, winner of the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology) and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women's Labor in Urban Turkey (second edition, London: Routledge, 2004). She also has written three historical novels set in 19th century Istanbul, The Sultan's Seal (2006), The Abyssinian Proof (2008), and The Winter Thief(2010).

 

Dr. White will be discussing her most recent book Muslim Nationalists and the New Turks.

Sponsored By:

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

A Book Launch featuring Dr. Dina Khoury

Monday, April 1, 2013
6:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance traces the political, social, and cultural processes of the normalization of war during the last two decades of Ba'thist rule. Beginning with the Iran-Iraq War and continuing through the First Gulf War and sanctions, Dr. Dina Khoury probes the far-reaching ramifications of constant war on the Iraqi people's politics, cultural imagination, and daily lives. She argues that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance, and examines the Iraqi government's policies of creating consent, managing resistance and religious diversity, and shaping public culture.

Dr. Dina Khoury is associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University. Since 2005, she has been writing on the contemporary history of Iraq, particularly violence, sectarian politics, and war and memory. She is author of State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge, 1997).

Click HERE for an interview with the author and book excerpts.

Sponsored By:

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