Faculty in the News

This page is dedicated to keeping track of our faculty in their work around Washington and around the world.

Marc Lynch: What kind of deal is Trump making with Saudi Arabia?

Last week Professor Marc Lynch authored an article on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, analyzing the ramifications of the deal he made with the Saudis and the shifting focus of U.S. policy in the region.  

Geneive Abdo: The Fabric of Arab Society is in Tatters

Geneive Abdo, a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council who teaches graduate-level coursework through IMES, wrote a feature for The National Interest titled "The Fabric of Arab Society is in Tatters." In the article, she makes the case that, in the years following the Arab uprisings, governments across the Middle East have taken steps to undermine civil society and discriminate against religious minorities.

Edward "Skip" Gnehm quoted in The Washington Diplomat on leaked dissent channel memo

Kuwait Chair Professor Edward "Skip" Gnehm was quoted in an article appearing in the Washington Diplomat that discussed the recently leaked dissent memo objecting to the Trump administration's travel ban. While noting the inevitiability of the memo's eventual leaking, the former ambassador noted the potential for public circulation of the memo to undercut the purpose of the State Department's dissent channel.

Marc Lynch: All Quiet in the Eastern Palaces

In a recent article for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Diwan blog, POMEPS Director Marc Lynch describes the divergent reactions of regimes in the Middle East and the Arab public following the January 27 executive order on immigration. Despite considerable opprobrium in the Arab public spheres, many leaders remained silent toward the policies, mirroring pre-2011 efforts to highlight the regimes' roles as security partners of the US.

Marc Lynch: In Uncharted Waters - Islamist Parties beyond Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

POMEPS Director Marc Lynch's paper for the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace analyzes how Islamist parties in the Arab world have responded to the current political climate they are facing in their respective countries. Dr. Lynch writes that these movements have generally adapted to their local contexts, and therefore should be understood as rational actors that can change their strategies to respond to political realities. In the current context of increasing restrictions on Islamist movements in the region and the emergence of ISIS, state responses to Islamist political aspirations may help determine the future trajectory of these constituencies.

Nathan Brown (co-author): An Egyptian court just struck down part of a repressive new law. Here’s what that means.

Professor Nathan Brown and Amr Hamzawy recently co-wrote an article for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog explaining the significance of a recent Egyptian court ruling overturning part of Egypt's protest law. The authors caution against an over-optimistic interpretation of the ruling's potential to liberalize Egyptian politics.