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A Conversation with Michael Herb and Farah Al-Nakib

 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Michael Herb is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. He is the author of All in the Family: Absolutism, Revolution, and Democracy in the Middle Eastern Monarchies. He will discuss his new release The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE.

Farah Al-Nakib, director of the Center for Gulf Studies and assistant professor of history at the American University of Kuwait, will offer comments.

*A light lunch will be provided*
*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Sponsored By:

Project on Middle East Political Science

A Conversation with Abdullah Al-Arian

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. In Fall 2014 Arian is a visiting scholar at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. His research interests include Islamic social movements, U.S. relations with the Middle East, Islam and globalization, Islamic law and society, and the history of Islam in the United States. He is a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera English. He will discuss his recent release Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt.

*A light lunch will be provided*
*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

This event is part of a special series on Islam in a Changing Middle East supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Sponsored By:

Project on Middle East Political Science

with Rosie Bsheer

Rosie Bsheer, Swarthmore College on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Swarthmore, Pa. (Laurence Kesterson / staff photographer)

 

Monday, November 17, 2014
3:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

Rosie Bsheer is an Assistant Professor of History at Yale University specializing in the Arabian peninsula, especially social and intellectual history and historiography. In this talk she will probe Saudi Arabia’s shifting technologies of political legitimation and capital accumulation following the 1990 Gulf War, rooted as they were in the attendant multi-billion dollar archival and urban redevelopment projects. Post–1990 Gulf War political, social, and economic turmoil was central not only to the changing relationship between religious and secular powers, but also to the very mechanisms of producing consent, reordering social relations, and generating wealth. Historicizing these phenomena, the talk opens up new questions about religious subjectivity, state sovereignty, and social and economic relations.

Dr. Bsheer was the associate producer for the 2007 Oscar-nominated film My Country, My Country. She is also a co-editor for Jadaliyya and the volumes The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? and Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula.

The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's National Resource Center (NRC) grant program.

Sponsored By:

Institute for Middle East Studies

with Stephen Biddle and Marc Lynch

 

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014
12:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Join GW's Stephen Biddle and Marc Lynch for an in-depth discussion of the Obama administration's current strategy toward the ISIS threat, the evolving security situation on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and next steps for regional and global stakeholders.

Stephen Biddle
Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, GW
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW
Adjunct Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Marc Lynch
Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, GW
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GW
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Stephen Biddle served on General David Petraeus' Joint Strategic Assessment Team in Iraq in 2007; he was also a senior advisor to General Petraeus' Central Command Assessment Team in Washington in 2008-09. Dr. Biddle has provided policy analysis and advice to the U.S. Congress, the administration, and military leaders. Marc Lynch has advised officials from the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and the White House on Middle East strategy. Dr. Lynch is the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, which aims to connect political science scholarship to the public foreign policy debate and to the policymaking process.

Sponsored By:

Elliott School Security Policy Forum

Presented by Operation GW VALOR, the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, and the Institute for Middle East Studies

 

 

Friday, November 7, 2014
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st St
Continental Ball Room, 3rd floor

Through Their Eyes pairs members of the GW student-veteran community with DC, Maryland and Virginia area high school art students. The veterans submit their favorite story from their military experience and the students visually interpret the story through their artwork. There will be a reception where the art will be displayed and veterans can meet the students who rendered their story.

Sponsored By:

Operation GW VALOR, the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, and the Institute for Middle East Studies

What Do the Latest Surveys Tell Us?

 

 

Friday, October 31, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm

US Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW

The Arab uprisings were a vivid demonstration of the importance of public opinion in the Middle East. Frustrated by poor governance and the lack of economic opportunity, citizens demonstrated in mass protests on the streets, and online, throughout the region. As autocrats fell, instability and extremism rose. Although democracy appears to be succeeding in Tunisia, in most of the Arab Spring countries the future is far from secure. The event will highlight new findings from the third wave of surveys (late 2012-2014) of the Arab Barometer across 12 Arab countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and more.

This event will feature the following speakers:
Amaney Jamal
Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Project on Middle East Democracy

Michael Robbins
Project Director, Arab Barometer

Khalil Shikaki
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Mark Tessler
Samuel J. Eldersveld Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Steven Riskin
Senior Program Officer for Grants, U.S. Institute of Peace

Sponsored By:

U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Arab Barometer, the Arab Reform Initiative, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Project on Middle East Political Science.

with Jubin Goodarzi

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake in both Iraq and Syria.

Jubin Goodarzi will provide an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.

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

Sponsored By:

Middle East Policy Forum

with Paul Hughes, Barbara Bodine, and Lawrence Wilkerson

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

The Middle East Policy Forum will show the documentary “No End in Sight,” which provides a critical and comprehensive look at the Bush Administration’s approach at the time of the U.S. intervention and its aftermath. Three experts featured in the film—Ambassador Bodine, Colonel Hughes, and Colonel Wilkerson—will discuss their experiences in Iraq and provide a contextual basis for the country’s ongoing descent into chaos.

A screening of the film will be followed by dinner and a panel discussion.

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

Sponsored By:

Middle East Policy Forum

A Conversation with Laura Kasinof

 

 

Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Room 505

Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist who reported from Yemen from 2009 to 2012. As the Arab Spring spread to country in 2011, she found herself thrown into a maelstrom of popular protest and government crackdown. She will be discussing her forthcoming book, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, and her experiences documenting Yemen's revolution.

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students*

Sponsored By:

Institute for Middle East Studies, the Department of Education's Title VI Journalism Initiative, and the Project on Middle East Political Science

A Conversation with Laurie Brand

 

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Brand is the author of several works, including Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (2006). She will discuss her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014).

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students.*

Sponsored By:

Project on Middle East Political Science