Spring 2016

WAPD Public Lectures

February 23 – Zaid Al-Ali, “ISIS in Iraq: Causes, Consequences and Prospects.” Robertson Hall, Room TBD, 4:30 p.m.

March 3 - “The Political Economy of Growth and Aid in the Arab World”, Friend Center 101, 5:00 p.m.

Postponed – Tarek Masoud, “Not Ready for Democracy: Militaries, Political Parties, and Democratic Transition in the Arab World.” Robertson Hall, room TBD

April 5 – Anisa Mehdi, talk title TBD


March 4 & 5 – “After the Uprising: The Arab World in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?” Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

New realities and challenges confront the Middle East. State fragmentation and occasional collapse, sectarian conflicts, authoritarian resilience, stifled civil societies, economic devastation, soaring unemployment, massive refugee flows, the emergence of new non‐state actors and the “Islamic State”, recalibrated big power interventions in the region, and the affirmation of long‐standing regional powers are some of the new trends and developments facing the region.
Alongside these challenges, there are new opportunities as well. Societies are far more committed to principles of social justice. And civil societies and organizational life are at the forefront of many debates. This conference will bring together academics, policy‐makers, civil society activists and intellectuals from the Middle East, Europe, and the US to discuss these pressing issues.

Fall 2015

WAPD Graduate Colloquia in 105 Bobst Hall. By invitation only.

Michael Hoffman, “Communal Prayer and Democratic Attitudes: Theory and Evidence from Lebanon.”
Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00PM

Kevin Mazur, “Identity boundaries and social coalitions in revolutionary situations.”
Tuesday, September 15 at 5:00PM

Alienor van den Bosch, “The Politics of Economic Diversification in Oil-Rich Rentier States: An Expenditure-centered Framework to Explain Regime Survival.”
Tuesday, October 13 at 5:00PM

Oct. 20, 4:30 pm.
Robertson Hall

Miriam Lowi, Professor of Political Science at The College of New Jersey
Public lecture



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