The Project on Middle East Political Science, POMEPS, is a collaborative network designed to enhance the broader Middle East’s political science field and its engagement with the broader academic discipline, public policy, and the public sphere. POMEPS seeks to shape innovative new approaches to the political science of the region, support the field’s publication in leading academic journals, and ultimately build the number of tenured political scientists specializing on the Middle East. It also aims to increase their contribution to the public foreign policy debate and to the policy-making process, in order to allow their expertise to have more of an impact on vital decisions about the Middle East.
POMEPS is based at the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University and is supported by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Henry Luce Foundation. POMEPS is directed by Marc Lynch, and guided by a Steering Committee, which includes leading political scientists from major research universities.