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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 Algerian 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.