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Manich Msamah Protest in Tunis

MAAS Student Research Published in Jadaliyya

MAAS student Jennifer Lincoln writes for Jadaliyya about the Manich Msamah movement, based on her research in Tunisia this summer.

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MAAS Alum Writes for Middle East Eye

MAAS alum Kristina Bogos (’17) writes about the link between continued U.S. arms sales and repression in the Gulf.

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Commemorating the United Arab Republic

Fifty-five years have passed since the establishment of the United Arab Republic (UAR), the short-lived union between Egypt and Syria championed by Gamal Abdel Nasser. In an opinion piece for Al-Jazeera English, MAAS student Sarah Mousa reflects on the pan-Arabist ideology behind the UAR and the political events that followed its dissolution.

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MAAS Grad Publishes in International Journal of Educational Development

Gareth Smail (MAAS ’15) recently published “Politicized pedagogy in Morocco: A comparative case of teachers of English and Arabic” based on his thesis research from the MAAS program. 

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The representation of youth by the Islamic State

MAAS student Agathe Christien (’18) writes for the Journal of Terrorism Research about the Islamic State’s use of youth representations to attract Western recruits and to establish its state-building project.

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The Arab Shi‘a Nexus: Understanding Iran’s Influence in the Arab World

MAAS alum Jill Ricotta (2016) writes for the Washington Quarterly about the precarious state of Arab Shi’a resulting from escalating Shia-Sunni tensions and the breakdown of Iran-Saudi Arabia relations.

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Why Does the Media Ignore ISIS’s Muslim Victims?

MAAS student Zoya Waliany (’17) writes for Muftah on the media’s failure to discuss ISIS’ Muslim victims

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Sieges in Syria: Profiteering from Misery

“No longer simply a military tactic to subdue opponents, sieges have also become a profitable enterprise, encompassing a complex web of businessmen, traders and armed actors, each of whom benefit at the expense of besieged civilians,” writes 2016 MAAS alum Will Todman for the Middle East Institute. Toddman’s MA thesis explored reasons for the ongoing use of sieges in the Syrian conflict.

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Digitizing Refugees

MAAS student Timothy Loh (’16) examines the effect of technology on forced displacement for Gnovis: A Journal of Communication, Culture, and Technology.

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The bloody consequences of US hypocrisy are on full display in Yemen

MAAS student Kristina Bogos (’17) writes for Quartz about the implications of US weapons trade

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My Brother’s Keeper: The Double Experience of Refugee Aid-Workers

Noga Malkin (MAAS ’15) writes for the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development about the the unintended effects of participatory approaches to refugee assistance based on her ethnographic research in Turkey.

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Saddam’s ISIS? The Terrorist Group’s Real Origin Story

MAAS student Michael Brill writes for Foreign Affairs, debunking myths about the origin of ISIS.

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MAAS Student Wins International Affairs Writing Competition

MAAS student Jill Ricotta won the International Affairs Forum Student Writing Competition for her article on the future of Iraq after a successful P5+1 deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

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MAAS Student Awarded Fellowship at Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Gillian Schreiber (MAAS ’16) has been named a 2015-2016 Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. The fellowship program enables fellows to pursue independent research projects on emerging diplomatic issues. Schreiber’s project is titled “The Politics of Separatism: An Examination of U.S. Policy in South Sudan, Somaliland and Beyond.”

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MAAS Student Paper Selected as Semi-Finalist by International Affairs Forum

MAAS student Anela Malik’s paper “Refugees’ Right to Work: Economic Justification for Ideal Refugee Rights” named semi-finalist in International Affairs Student Writing Competition.

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Moroccan activists fight to give migrants dignified burial

CCAS alumna Dorothee Myriam Kellou writes for France 24 about the fight to ensure dignified burials for Moroccan migrants.

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Descendants of Morocco’s Veterans Face Violent Evictions

CCAS student Samia Erazzouki writes about her research on the destruction of historically-significant communities in Morocco for Huffington Post.

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The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Of ISIL Exceptionalism

CCAS student Kathleen Bouzis takes the idea of ISIL exceptionalism to task in a Huffington Post op-ed.

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Infographic: Understanding Sectarianism

CCAS student Craig Browne writes for Open Democracy about the meaning of sectarianism in Syria and the Middle East.

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Generalizing About the Arab Spring is Playing with Fire

Written by CCAS student Faisal Kattan and John Esposito for the Middle East Eye

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Resistance in Occupied Western Sahara: women defining a society

Written by CCAS student Erica Vásquez for Open Democracy

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Syrian Refugee Women in Lebanon: Gendering Violence through Johan Galtung

Written by CCAS student Ellie Swingewood for the E-International Relations

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Ghosts of the Future: Fears of a Phantom Referendum Haunt the Turkish-Syrian Border

Written by Georgetown University History Ph.D. student Nick Danforth and Noga Malkin for the Middle East Research and Information Project

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Life, Death, and War in Post-2003 Iraq

Recent MAAS graduate Kevin Davis reviews fellow alumnus’ Sinan Antoon’s book, The Corpse Washer.

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Syria Is Not Iraq

In an opinion piece for Al-Jazeera English, MAAS student Sarah Harvey casts doubt on analysts’ predictions that Syria will follow the way of Iraq once Bashar Assad is ousted from power.