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

Spring 2015

April 3, 2015
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Workshop on Iranian Electoral Politics: 1905-Present Continuity Despite Revolutions cosponsored with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.




“The Syria Revolt from the Inside”
4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Robertson Hall, Bowl 001

Sadik J. al-Azm

Sadik Jalal al-Azm is a Professor Emeritus of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus in Syria and was, until 2007, a visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is currently Visiting Fellow at The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC. Dr. Honoris Causa, Hamburg University; Erasmus Prize, the Netherlands; Leopold – Lucas – Prize, Tubingen University. Published, both in Arabic and English, on modern European philosophy and intervened, through books, articles and pamphlets, in the major social, political, religious and ideological debates raging in the Arab World since the early sixties to the present. Human Rights and Civil Society activist. Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg:  Law as Culture 2011-2012, Bonn University, Fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2012-2013, Berlin.  Visiting scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2013-2014.  President, Association of Free Syrian Writers and editor in chief of its journal Aurag.

Registration required. RSVP to Wendy Brill,


Fall 2014

November 21, 2014
American University of Beirut and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs/Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice Workshop

In the Wake of the Uprisings:
Economic Development and Social Justice In the Arab World

Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
This workshop is a collaboration between Princeton University and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and made possible by a grant from the Mamdouha S. Bobst Foundation, and co-sponsored by the PIIRS Workshop on Arab Political Development.
For more information about this project:

November 12, 2014
The Challenge of the “Islamic State” (ISIS):  What Should the U.S. and the International Community Do?
A Discussion Featuring:
Professor Bernard HaykelNear Eastern Studies
Professor Amaney JamalPolitics
Professor Michael A. ReynoldsNear Eastern Studies
Moderated by Professor Robert P. GeorgePolitics
Presented by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Cosponsored by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Workshop on Arab Political Development
4:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall A01

October 14, 2014
Women as Drivers of Change in the Arab World

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani
Bowl16, Robertson Hal





October 10, 2014
Wars, After-Wars
and Structural crises in the Middle East

Panel1: Resource Politics
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Chair / Discussant: Zia Mian

Panel2: Gaza
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chair / Discussant: Amaney Jamal

Panel3: Syria, Iraq and Iran
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Middle East Research
and Information Project (MERIP), in
co-sponsorship with the Mamdouha S.
Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; the
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and
Persian Gulf Studies; the PIIRS Workshop
on Arab Political Development; the
Institute for the Transregional Study of the
Contemporary Middle East, North Africa
and Central Asia; and the Program in
Near Eastern Studies

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