Faculty in the News
IMES Director Nathan Brown co-authored an article in Al-Jazeera criticizing French efforts this summer to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Although the new initiative corrects some flaws made apparent during the Oslo process, it does not fundamentally alter the bilateral nature of earlier negotiations which has provided Israel with a strong negotiating position.
POMEPS Director Marc Lynch made an appearance on the Global Dispatches podcast where he discussed how he became interested in the Middle East, the changing relationship between Middle East states and the media, and hip-hop.
Dr Hossein Askari was recently interviewed by Tehran Times on the changes Saudi Arabia hopes to make to its economic policy to adapt to the slump in oil prices. In the interview, Askari emphasises the need to reduce public spending and encourage private investment in major Saudi holdings, although these reforms will be politically challenging to carry out.
In a recent Public Radio International interview, the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, Marc Lynch, argued that it is too early to judge the ultimate outcome of the 2011 uprisings. While authoritarian regimes in the Middle East have resisted challenges to their rule recently, these movements have reshaped the entire region. Restating some of the findings of his new book, The New Arab Wars, Lynch predicts that future challenges will potentially be significantly more violent than previous waves of protest, as institutions that can shape discontent into democratization have gradually been eroded.
IMES professor Harris Mylonas wrote a brief article for the series "Greece is Burning" in Cultural Anthropology. The article describes the ways in which Greece's current austerity program and economic situation is reflected in the theatrical concept album "Ballad of Reading Gaol" performed by the rock band KollektivA.