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2019 Symposium Program

Development, Humanitarianism, and Security in the Middle East: Legacies and Futures

Friday, September 20, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Room 602
Washington, DC 20052

The Middle East has long been the target of various development, humanitarian and security interventions initiated by internal and external actors. Although such interventions have often failed to achieve their goals, these failures have shaped and will continue to shape the avenues and aspirations of peoples, NGOs, private organizations, and governments. Within this context, the Institute for Middle East Studies is excited to host this one-day multidisciplinary symposium to consider and discuss how the region’s long history with such interventions affects the contemporary Middle East and influences aspirations for future changes. 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Legacies and Futures of Humanitarianism

Chair: Michael Barnett 

Haotan Wu, Humanitarian Organizations, Local Governments and Refugee Governance:  Based on Field Research on Syrian Refugee Governance in Lebanon

Timothy Y. Loh, Lazim yisma3 3ashan yi7ki: Promissory Logics in Hearing Technologies for Deaf Children in Jordan

Michael Kaplan, 'Be the Ansar': Humanitarianism, Piety, and the Mobilization of the Ummah in Turkey

Timur Saitov, Treatment of Russian Refugees in and around Istanbul in 1920s as an Example of Modern Humanitarianism in the Middle East

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel 2: Legacies and Futures of Development

Chair: Shira Robinson

Nada El-Kouny, The Shifting Socio-Economic Value of Land in Rural Egypt

Robert Hildebrandt, Competing Models of Development, Intervention, and Gendered Citizenship Among NGOs Active in Jisr al-Zarqa, Israel-Palestine

Alyssa Bivins, No Justice, No Peace: the politics of UNESCO's Education Aid to Palestinian Refugees

Robert Bell, The Competing and Collaborating Economic Visions Behind Iran's First Seven Year Development Plan

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Panel 3: Legacies and Futures of Security and Geopolitics

Chair: Ali Nehme Hamdan 

Sarah Clowry, Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Peacemaking: the Case of the Yemeni Peace Process, 2011 - 2014

Tyler Parker, Geo-Economics in the Arabian Peninsula: Gulf Aid and Investment in Yemen

Jonathan Hoffman, America & the Counterrevolutionaries: How Washington’s Relationship with the ‘Counter-Revolutionary Bloc’ is Shaping the Post-Arab Uprisings Middle East

Mija Sanders, A State of Emergency, Syrians, and The Aftermath of Humanitarian Assistance in Izmir, Turkey

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Keynote Address

Sara Pursley, Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies, New York University