The Visiting Scholars program at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) was established to accommodate visiting researchers who wish to use the facilities and faculty resources of Georgetown University for research purposes. The University extends its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality and to foster the further development of knowledge. Learn more about becoming a Visiting Scholar.
Current Visiting Scholars
Housam Darwisheh, BA (Damascus), MA and PhD (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), is Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Japan. He specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East. His current areas of research interest include social movements and Islamic politics in Egypt and Tunisia, state formation and implosion in Syria and Libya, and the impacts of the restructuring of regional order on the politics of different Middle Eastern countries. He has taught courses in Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle East international relations, Middle East regional and national political economy, and inter-Arab politics at the International Christian University in Tokyo and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Having a deep interest in processes of peace-building and conflict resolution, he has conducted fieldwork research in East Timor (now Timor Leste) on the impacts of the United Nations on peace-keeping, post-conflict peace-building and the establishment of transitional justice.
Housam is a Japanese national of Syrian origin. He grew up in Algeria and Syria, studied, and worked in Syria before living in Japan since 2002. He is fluent in his native Arabic, English and Japanese, and has published essays in English and Japanese on contemporary political struggles and conflicts in the Middle East. His latest publications include ‘Survival, Triumph, and Fall: the Political Transformation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’ (in Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014’, ‘Trajectories and Outcomes of the ‘Arab Spring’: Comparing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria’, (IDE Papers No. 456, 2014), ‘Deciphering Syria’s Power Dynamics and Protracted Conflict’ (in The Middle East Turmoil and Japanese Response, IDE-JETRO, 2013), and ‘Social Movement and Democratization of Egyptian Politics: Egypt’s January 25 Revolution and the Demise of Mubarak’s Regime’, (in Japanese, in The Middle East Political Science, 2012).
For his sabbatical studies in Georgetown University, Housam will examine the complex relationships between the state and social movements that emerged between the 2011 uprising against the Mubarak regime and the 2013 military coup that ousted Morsi. The core of his analysis will be based on extensive fieldwork that he conducted in post-Mubarak Egypt. He is presently a member of a large, national collaborative Emerging States Project (funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) that is led by The National Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo. His contribution consists of an in-depth analysis of how historical processes of state-building in Egypt shaped the country’s post-uprising and post-coup political trajectory. He also belongs to a Kyoto University-based project (funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) that focuses on judicial politics in authoritarian states. His project responsibility covers judicial developments and authoritarian resurgence in Egypt after the overthrow of Mubarak. An important part of Housam’s present writing links the political economy of the uprising in Syria to a nexus of national and regional conflicts that have entangled Syria in war on several fronts.
Dr. Zaid Eyadat is a professor of political science and human rights, and an expert on international and comparative politics. He is the founding chairperson of the University of Jordan’s Human Rights Department, which later became the Political Development Department, as well as the founding Dean of the Prince al-Hussein School of International Studies at the university. His training and research interests are in the fields of international politics, comparative politics, international political theory, modelling and game theory. He is a leading and distinguished expert on Middle East politics and Studies. His research has been published in many leading scholarly journals.
Some of his published articles and book chapters include “Minorities in the Arab World: Faults and Faults Lines,” “Islamic Feminism: Roots, Development, and Policies," “The Calculus of Consensus: an Alternative Path to Arab Democracy,” "Fiqh Al-Aqalliyyât and the Arab Spring: Modern Islamic Theorizing," "Public Reason and Islamic Reason in the Post-Secular,” "The Rationality of Political Violence: Modelling Al-Qaeda vs. the United States," "A Transition Without Players: The Role of Political Parties in the Arab Revolutions," and "Arab Revolutions of 2011: An Explanatory Model.” He is also the co-editor of the book Migration, Security, and Citizenship in the Middle East, and the co-translator of Count Bernadotte's Mediation to Palestine 1948: Mediation and Assassination. He has just completed the translation of a book on global justice.
He is currently engaged in several research projects, including on the theory of ethics in Islam. Another book project in which he is currently involved is on contemporary Arab political thought, which examines the emergence of the different political strains in the Arab World since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and their interaction and impact on—and positions within—the political scene in the Middle East today.
Eyadat's work spans the public, private, non-profit, and university settings. He has instructed, trained, and consulted in a number of organizations, including the Royal Hashemite Court, Emirates Policy Center, Creative Associates International, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, the Steering Committee at the Center for Ethics and Global Politics, the International Research Network on Religion and Democracy, and the Istanbul Seminar, part of the Reset Group, and Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development). He is currently involved specifically in the development sector and in building efficient and effective public policy-making models to enable governments to respond better to urgent development needs in a sustainable manner.
Sabith Khan’s professional experience spans three continents in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He earned an MPA and MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and completed doctoral studies in Planning, Governance, and Globalization at Virginia Tech. Khan’s academic interests include international development, philanthropic studies, sociology of religion and ethnic studies, while his research focuses on the changing role of philanthropy among Americans. More broadly, Khan is interested in civic engagement and the role of philanthropy in fostering greater democratic participation.
During his time at the CCAS, he will examine the role of civil society organizations in refugee resettlement programs. His analysis will be based on case studies of organizations working on the issue of refugee resettlement, globally. While taking a historical view of this issue, Khan aims to build on current scholarly work and build theory, through examination of the cases.