Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

Director, Institute for Middle East Studies
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
The George Washington University

Institute for Middle East Studies

Nonresident Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Ph. D., Politics, Princeton University, 1987

Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, Cairo, 1983-4

M.A., Politics, Princeton University, 1983

B.A., University of Chicago, 1980



Constitutionalism, the rule of law & the politics of administration in Egypt & Iran.  (edited book manuscript with Said Arjomand; SUNY Press, 2012).

When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, to be published by Cornell University Press, January 2012 (Arabic editionpublished December 2011).

The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion (edited book, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

Between Religion and Politics (with Amr Hamzawy; Carnegie Endowment, 2010)

The Struggle over Democratization in the Middle East (edited with Emad Eldin Shahin; Routledge, 2009)

Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003)

 Constitutions in a Nonconstitutional World: Arab Basic Laws & the Prospects for Accountable Government   (SUNY Press, 2001)

The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf  (Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Peasant Politics in Modern Egypt (Yale University Press, 1990)

Online Publications

Islamist Parties in the Arab World
Palestinian Politics
Egyptian Politics
Arab Legal Systems

Videos, Interviews, and Podcasts

Selected interviews, testimony, and major op-eds available on the web

Videos and Podcasts

Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Faculty Prizes 2015
George Washington University, 13 April 2015

Tunisia's Landmark Constitution: What You Need to Know
The Middle East Institute, in collaboration with The American Tunisian Association, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), and the Conflict Management Program at SAIS, 11 February 2014

Egypt’s Constitutional Future Part I  and Part II
AUC Forum 6 February 2014

Egypt's New Constitution: Fulfilling the Revolution's Goals?
Atlantic Council, 11 December 2013

Arab Constitutions in the 21st Century: A New Beginning or Unhappy Ending?
Dallah Albaraka Lecture on Islamic Law & Civilization, Yale University Law School, 5 November 2013

Journal of Democracy Podcast: Nathan Brown on "Egypt's Failed Transition"
National Endowment for Democracy, 29 October 2013

POMEPS Conversations 24 with Nathan J. Brown
Interview with Marc Lynch, Project on Middle East Political Science, 27 August 2013

Can Egypt Move Forward After Violent Crackdown?
PBS NewsHour, 14 August 2013

4th annual conference “The middle east in transition “
Hebrew University, 12 June 2013

Egypt Sets out on a dangerous path
Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI), 11 March 2013

Whatever Happened to the Arab Spring?
University of Virginia, 13 February 2013

POMEPS Conversations 11 with Nathan J. Brown
Interview with Marc Lynch, Project on Middle East Political Science, 12 December 2012

Islamist Movements After the Arab Uprisings and What They Mean to the United States
Baltimore Council on World Affairs, 27 November 2012

As Egypt's Constitution in Limbo, Morsi Grabs More Power
PBS NewsHour, 23 November 2012

Challenges Ahead for Egypt
Middle East Institute, 18 November 2012

Post-Tahrir Politics and the Puzzling End to Islamic Inflation
New York University Center for Constitutional Transitions 24 October 2012

The Future of the Palestinian Authority: Is Collapse an Option?
Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 10 October 2012

Role of Islamist Movements after the Arab Spring
Elliott Schoool of International Affairs, George Washington University, 24 May 2012

Regional Politics in the Middle East
Elliott Schoool of International Affairs, George Washington University, 16 May 2011

Islam and Politics in the New Egypt
Belfer Center, Harvard University, 7 April 2011

The World: Ruling by emergency law
Interview with Marco Werman, Public Radio International, 31 March 2011

Islam, Human Rights and Constitutionalism
Middlebury College, 2 March 2007

National Public Radio

Weekend Edition Saturday
Egypt's Activists Battle Anti-Protest Law — And Protest Fatigue
by Merrit Kennedy
April 26, 2014 

Morning Edition
In Egypt, A New Courtroom Drama Every Day
by Leila Fadel
March 14, 2014 

All Things Considered
Doubt And Insecurity Loom As Egypt Goes To The Polls
by Leila Fadel
January 14, 2014 

All Things Considered
Egyptians To Vote On New Constitution For Troubled Nation
January 11, 2014 

All Things Considered
Egyptians Poised To Vote On Controversial New Constitution
December 05, 2013 

All Things Considered
Back To The Future: Calls Grow For A Military Ruler In Egypt
by Leila Fadel
November 18, 2013 

Morning Edition
Members Of Congress Urged To Cut Aid To Egypt
August 19, 2013 

All Things Considered
Egypt's Security Agencies Back, Now With A New Mandate
by Soraya SarhaddiI Nelson
August 12, 2013 

All Things Considered
In Egypt, 'Third Square' Protesters Seek Middle Road
AUGUST 02, 2013 

Weekend Edition Sunday
Will Egypt's Fragile Democracy Stick?
JULY 07, 2013 

All Things Considered
Opponents To Mark Morsi's First Year In Office With Protests
JUNE 27, 2013 

Morning Edition
Egypt Heads For Showdown Over New Constitution
DECEMBER 13, 2012 

Morning Edition
Egyptian Protesters Display Newfound Unity
DECEMBER 07, 2012 

Weekend Edition Sunday
Looking To Rebuild, Egypt Leans On New Constitution
OCTOBER 21, 2012 

Weekend Edition Sunday
The Challenge For President Morsi: Unite Egypt
JUNE 30, 2012 

Talk of the Nation
Another Detour On Egypt's Path To Democracy
JUNE 18, 2012 

NPR and Wilson Center Present: 'The National Conversation' on “The Islamists Are Coming”
JUNE 15, 2012 

Weekend Edition sunday
Egyptian Candidate's Broad Appeal Has Risks
MAY 13, 2012 

All Things Considered
Political Rift Widens Between Egyptian Islamists
MAY 04, 2012 

All Things Considered
Mubarak's Trial Ends, Sentencing Set For June
FEBRUARY 22, 2012 

Morning Edition
Rifts Develop In Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
JULY 13, 2011 

Mubarak Speech May Add Fuel To Protesters' Fire
FEBRUARY 10, 2011 

Morning Edition
Protesters Demand Changes To Egypt's Constitution
FEBRUARY 08, 2011 

Morning Edition
U.S. Struggles To Keep Egypt Position Clear
FEBRUARY 07, 2011 

Thousands Of Protesters Dig In Their Heels In Cairo
FEBRUARY 07, 2011 

Obama Makes Little Progress On Mideast Peace
SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 

Morning Edition
Shiite Alliance Leads Count in Iraq Elections
DECEMBER 21, 2005 

Morning Edition
Parsing the Language of Iraq's Draft Constitution
OCTOBER 11, 2005 

All Things Considered
Expectations for Iraq's Draft Constitution
SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 

Morning Edition
Revisiting Milestones as Iraq Constitution Nears
AUGUST 03, 2005 

Talk of the Nation
Building Consensus on Iraq's Constitution
JULY 26, 2005 

All Things Considered
Tasks Ahead for Iraq's National Assembly
FEBRUARY 14, 2005 

All Things Considered
Iraqis Sign Interim Constitution
MARCH 08, 2004

Classes Taught

Graduate Seminar, “Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective,” Spring 2014

Graduate Seminar, “Religion and Society in the Middle East,” Spring 2014

Undergraduate class, “Comparative Politics of the Middle East,” Fall 2013

Graduate seminar, “Comparative Politics of the Middle East,” Fall 2013

Undergraduate class, “Democracy and Democratization in Global Perspective”, Spring 2011