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Civil War, Economic Governance & State Reconstruction in the Middle East

Civil War, Economic Governance & State Reconstruction in the Middle East

Wednesday, 18 April | 12pm Arlington, Founders Hall, Rm. 210 Event Streamed to Fairfax, Merten Hall, Rm. 1203 Since 2011, peaceful protests by citizens demanding political and economic change in Syria, Yemen, and Libya, have collapsed into violent conflicts. For many scholars of civil war and conflict economics, and for practitioners in the fields of development, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction, civil wars in the Middle East are the result of predictable causes—institutional failures defined in terms of state fragility—have followed predictable pathways marked by the breakdown of pre-war systems of governance, and will require predictable remedies to restore stability and repair local economies and societies.

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Fear and Foreboding in Syria

Fear and Foreboding in Syria

“Fear and Foreboding” is excerpted from chapter five of Lisa Wedeen’s new book project, Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria. In this presentation, she considers the workings of ideology in times of tumult—analyzing the hardening of sectarian identifications in the context of neoliberal autocracy’s unraveling and retrenchment in Syria.

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Teach-In on Global Migrations&Refugees

Teach-In on Global Migrations&Refugees

The public event will follow a morning session for educators, from 9 am to 12:15 pm, discussing historical background on migration to the US and to the Middle East and North Africa. The afternoon public segment will include a panel on 21st-century migration issues and then lectures on experiences of migration in the Middle East and North Africa from multiple speakers. See more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/160561484492258/?active_tab=about

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Syria's War Economy

Syria's War Economy

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Founder's Hall, #322 Video Conference: Johnson Center 311D (Fairfax) by Bassam Haddad War economies both thrive on violent conflict and perpetuate them beyond the issues around which a particular conflict revolved. The case of Syria is both instructive and illuminating: it confirms what we know about how violence propels the war economy and how, in turn, the war economy serves as an independent variable that prolongs the war; on the other hand, the particulars of the Syrian case illuminate various aspects of the study of a war economy where regional and international involvement is extensive. This presentation will address the causes and consequences of the war economy.

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Course registration for Spring 2018 open until Jan. 29

Course registration for Spring 2018 open until Jan. 29

Have a look at this semester's course offerings in Islamic Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Prof. Yilmaz's HIST 387 - Europe and the Middle East, 600-1900, Prof. Dakake's RELI 365 - Muhammad: Life and Legacy, and Prof. Sachedina's RELI 645 - Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi'i Religious Thought.

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MESPI is Launched!

MESPI is Launched!

The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) brings you the first in a series of "Peer-Reviewed Article Reviews" in which we present a collection of journals and their articles concerned with the Middle East and Arab world. This series will be published three times a year, covering summer, fall, and spring. Each issue will comprise one-to-three parts, depending on the number of articles included.

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The Qatar Crisis in Regional Context

The Qatar Crisis in Regional Context

An examination of the current crisis between Qatar and a number of its neighbors, and how this crisis reflects shifting dynamics within the MENA region as well as domestic developments in key Middle Eastern states. Discussion will examine the origins of the crisis in terms of changing relationships between and among GCC states, their internal political developments, and shifting regional and international alliances.

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