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Understanding the New Middle East
UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
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Hosted by Aslı Bâli

This conference was conceived to assess the changes in the Middle East from the Iraq invasion through the Arab uprisings that have altered the regional balance of power, called into question the viability of some existing states and led to the emergence and proliferation of both violent non-state actors and new civil society movements and organizations. 


Panel 1: The Arab World Post-Uprisings

Joel Beinin (Stanford University)

"What has Changed; What Hasn't?"

Ishac Diwan (Université Paris Sciences et Lettres)
“Crony Capitalism in the Middle East—What do we Know and why Does it Matter?”

Marc Lynch (George Washington University)
“Proxy Wars and State Failure after the Arab Uprisings”

Respondent: Aomar Boum (UCLA)

Panel 2: The Future of Political Islam

Nathan Brown (George Washington University)
“Islamism inside, outside, or against the State?”

Peter Mandaville (George Mason University)
"What is an Islamist?"

Toby Matthiesen (University of Oxford)   
“Sectarianization and Identity Formation in the New Middle East: 
Sunni-Shi‘i relations after the Arab Uprisings”

Respondent: Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA)       

Panel 3: Art & Culture in the New Middle East

Elliott Colla (Georgetown University)
“Poetry Repertoires in Peak and Trough”

Laila Sakr (University of California, Santa Barbara)
“Algorithmic Resistance”

Jessica Winegar (Northwestern University)
“Counter-Revolutionary Aesthetics in Egypt”

Respondent: Ali Behdad (UCLA)

Keynote: Moncef Marzouki, Former President, Tunisia

Panel 4: Syria and Iraq

Harith Al-Qarawee (Central European University)
“Reconfiguring Authority: State and Informal Actors in Iraq”

Lindsay Gifford (University of San Francisco)
“Understanding the New Syria: The View from the Diaspora”

Bassam Haddad (George Mason University)  
“The Arab Uprisings and the Syrian Case: Unfinished Business”

Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)
“Authoritarian Apprehensions”

Respondent: James L. Gelvin (UCLA)

Panel 5: Regional and International Competition in the New Middle East

Henri Barkey (Lehigh University)  
“Into the Unknown: Turkish Foreign Policy under President Erdogan”

Greg Gause (Texas A&M University)   
“The Middle East Regional Crisis”
Fred H. Lawson (Naval Postgraduate School)
“Civil Wars and International Conflicts Revisited: Insights from the Arab Uprisings"

Respondent: Kevan Harris (UCLA)      

Panel 6: Human Security in the New Middle East 

Laurie Brand (University of Southern California)
“Education and Human Security: MENA Realities and Prognoses”

Sherine Hamdy (University of California, Irvine) 
“Exploring the Egyptian Revolution and Health Politics through Comics: The Making of "Lissa": an ethnoGRAPHIC Story” 

Marina Ottaway (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
“Human Insecurity and Political Change”

Jillian Schwedler (Hunter College)
“Economic Dislocations in a Shifting Urban Geography: Insights from Amman, Jordan”

Respondent: Can Aciksoz (UCLA)