554 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Classless Politics: Islamist Movements, the Left, and Authoritarian Legacies in Egypt" with Hesham Sallam

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Dr. Sallam will discuss the counterintuitive relationship between neoliberal economics and Islamist politics in Egypt that sheds new light on the worldwide trend of “more identity, less class.” This talk will examine why Islamist movements have gained support at the expense of the left, even amid conflicts over the costs of economic reforms.

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

"The Gulf Moment" - Study Group with Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla

Tue., Oct. 11, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

The six Arab Gulf states of Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are taking the lead, influencing events, assuming greater responsibilities, projecting socioeconomic confidence, and becoming increasingly conscious of their newly acquired status as regional power that far transcends the rest of the Arab countries. This is their moment in contemporary Arab history. Most likely, this unique moment is here to stay for years to come.

This study group will examine the many aspects of the Gulf Moment, the challenges it faces and its future unfolding. It also introduces the concept of the Khaleeji State as a new analytical framework to study contemporary Arab Gulf States.


Tues, October 11 - Session 1
Introducing the Gulf Moment: The Harvard Version. Is there such a thing as the Gulf Moment in Contemporary Arab History?

Tuesday, October 18 - Session 2
The Gulf Moment and the UAE Momentum? What are the 3Cs driving the rise of the UAE as a regional power?

Tuesday, November 1 - Session 3
The 2Ds of the Gulf Momentum? What are they?

Tuesday, November 15 - Session 4
What are the key challenges facing the Gulf Momentum and how resilient is the GCC in light of the Gulf Rift?

Tuesday, November 29th - Session 5
Theorizing the Gulf Moment and introducing the KHALEEJI State concept? Is it time to put the rentier state paradigm to rest?


Workers disinfect the grounds at the Grand Mosque to help protect against the coronavirus in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Seminar - Open to the Public

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Muslim World

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Dr. Kadir Yildirim will discuss his recent research on Muslim responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic affected religious practice and religiosity in parts of the Muslim world. In discussion with event moderator MEI Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, Dr. Yildirim will outline key findings from an online public opinion survey conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia and review the social and political implications of the pandemic. 

Dr. Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.

Dr. Yildirim is the author of two books: "Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation" (2015) and a forthcoming book, "The Politics of Religious Party Change: Islamist and Catholic Parties in Comparative Perspective," for which he received a Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. Yildirim received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution

Tue., Apr. 19, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, policy makers, constitutional negotiators and drafters did little to address the demands of the millions of protesters across the region. The result has been a generalized regression in democratic governance throughout the region, in some cases far beyond the already poor standards that caused the 2011 uprisings in the first place. Author and lawyer Zaid Al-Ali will discuss the constitutional processes that followed the 2011 Arab uprisings and whether we are likely to see more protests in the coming years. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Sudan’s Road to Democracy

Thu., Apr. 7, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Dr. Mai Hassan will discuss the Sudanese uprising of 2018-2019 and its aftermath.

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Egypt: Lumbering State, Restless Society

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Amr Adly and Nathan Brown will present their book (co-authored with Shimaa Hatab) on Egyptian politics, society, and economy.  The book draws on the authors' own research but situates it within multidisciplinary scholarship on Egypt in both English and Arabic and works to integrate the Egyptian experience into broader comparative discussions about state formation, regime type, social movements, and political economy in the Global South.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Wed., Mar. 2, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm


Nadya Hajj, Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College, will discuss her latest book, Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

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Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads

Thu., Feb. 24, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Something extraordinary is happening in Saudi Arabia. A traditional, tribal society once known for its lack of tolerance is rapidly implementing significant economic and social reforms. An army of foreign consultants is rewriting the social contract, King Salman has cracked down hard on corruption, and his dynamic though inexperienced son, the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is promoting a more tolerant Islam. But is all this a new vision for Saudi Arabia or merely a mirage likely to dissolve into Iranian-style revolution?

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Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias

Thu., Dec. 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm


Stephen Biddle will discuss his new book, Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias, in which he argues that some nonstate armies fight more “conventionally” than state armies and that the internal politics of nonstate actors determine their military tactics and strategies.