Nasir Almasri is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at MIT. He specializes in the politics of opposition movements in the Middle East. His doctoral dissertation examines the conditions under which exclusion from politics leads to the moderation or radicalization of activists, with a specific focus on activists living in the diaspora. He draws on archival work and extensive interviews with Egyptian Islamists, Palestinian Nationalists, and Iraqi Communists to illustrate the ways that exclusion transforms the strategies and ideologies of these activists. His other research entails rethinking the moderate-radical dichotomy and examining the causes and consequences of ideological tensions on minority and diaspora-based social movements.  

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