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

March 02, 2017

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 appears on UN Global Dispatches Podcast

February 06, 2017

Dr. Marc Lynch, POMEPS Director and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, made another appearance on the UN Global Dispatches podcast to discuss how the executive order of January 27, 2017 has been recieved by the population in the Arab world. Much of his discussion focuses on how reactions to the barring of arrivals from these countries has highlighted domestic political divides in Middle Eastern countries.

Nathan Brown Comments on Potential Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism Designation

January 17, 2017

IMES Director Nathan Brown was quoted in a Washington Post article on the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and US Muslim organizations, as part of an article on the potential ramifications of designating the former a terrorist organization.

Marc Lynch contributes to a New York Times article on the Iranian-Saudi rivalry

November 21, 2016

POMEPS Director and Professor Marc Lynch was cited in a New York Times article, "How the Iranian-Saudi Proxy Struggle Tore Apart the Middle East." Dr. Lynch contributed his analysis of the ability of the US to cool the conflict between the two powers, the historical roots of Iran's feeling of insecurity in the region, and the next administration's likely approach to the region.

Nathan Brown Quoted on the Overturning of Morsi's Sentence

November 21, 2016

The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed IMES Director Nathan Brown on the decision by an Egyptian court to overturn former president Muhammad Morsi's death sentence. Dr. Brown provided his observations on the process by which judges are selected to rule on cases associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a process which some have said contributes to the high number of death sentences for figures in the political opposition.

Ambassador Gnehm on future of US policy in Middle East following elections

November 17, 2016

Al-Hurra TV asked Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs Amb. Edward "Skip" Gnehm to provide his thoughts on the ramifications of the 2016 US presidential election on foreign policy in the Middle East. Through a translator, Amb. Gnehm discussed a wide range of issues, including the Egypt-US military aid and alliance, President-elect Donald Trump's ability to enact significant changes to US foreign policy immediately, Turkey, and the ability of a Trump administration to revoke the Iran deal unilaterally.

Shira Robinson appears on Ottoman History Podcast

October 22, 2016

History Professor Shira Robinson gave an interview about her book Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State on the Ottoman History Podcast. Her interview covers the core question of the book - the Israeli state's efforts to reconcile Palestinians with the emerging national state - as well as the research methodology she used to research the book.

Firas Maksad interviewed on Al-Jazeera English

October 10, 2016

Firas Maksad, one of IMES's adjunct professors, was recently interviewed by Al-Jazeera English on Russia's involvement in Syria. In this interview, he discusses the relative incentives and motivations of rebel and regime forces around Aleppo, the US and Russian interests in the conflict, and the lack of engagement with Syria in US domestic politics.

Ambassador Gnehm Reflects on his Career and Being a Student at GW

October 06, 2016

In the lead-up to the class of 1966's 50-year reunion, the Elliott School interviewed Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm on his time at as a student at GW and subsequent career in the foreign service. Amb. Gnehm spoke about his early desire to join the foreign service, his time on the yell-squad for the short-lived GW football team, and experiences that helped him in his career as an ambassador. He will be reconnecting with classmates during GW's alumni weekend.

Marc Lynch discusses international relations of the Arab Spring and hip-hop on UN Dispatch podcast

June 19, 2016

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.

Hossein Askari interviewed by Tehran Times on Saudi post-oil economy

May 11, 2016

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.

Marc Lynch on PRI to discuss future of Arab Uprisings

April 27, 2016

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.

Marc Lynch: What's really wrong with the U.S. - Saudi relationship?

April 25, 2016

In the wake of President Obama's visit to the GCC summit, IMES & POMEPS Director Marc Lynch published an article in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog discussing the evolution of tensions within the Gulf. While much has been made recently of the rivalry with Iran, Dr. Lynch argues that the Gulf monarchies are deeply concerned that Washington would not come to the aid of their regimes in the event of renewed political turmoil. These deeper concerns underlie what would otherwise be considered to be bargaining between regional powers and a superpower ally.

Nathan Brown comments on Tiran and Sanafir

April 12, 2016

Nathan Brown recently commented on the transfer of two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia in a New York Times article. He provided background on the regime's initial efforts to insert language into the Egyptian constitution restricting such transfers, noting the irony that these have taken place.

Harris Mylonas appears on Greek media to comment on refugee issue

March 28, 2016

Assistant professor Harris Mylonas was invited by Star Channel and Athina 9.84 Radio to comment on the recent refugee crisis in Europe and the terrorist attacks in Brussels. These comments follow the release of the Greek edition of his book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees and Minorities.

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

December 12, 2016

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.