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The annual Middle East Studies Assocation meeting is coming to DC tomorrow. I was on the program committee this year, focusing on political science, and this looks to my admittedly prejudiced eye like one of the best programs I’ve ever seen for those interested in such issues...

Jackson Diehl argues today that the Obama administration should back Arab democracy activists and not abandon the ’freedom agenda’. I fully agree with Diehl’s sentiments. Twice in September, at a Congressional panel discussion and at a GWU event with Saad Eddin Ibrahim, I argued that Democrats should not abandon their long-standing commitment to democracy and human rights just because that agenda had become associated with the Bush administration. I think that support for Arab popu..

by: Marc Lynch 2008-11-12
Last week I was invited to give a talk about the likely impact of trends in information technology on al-Qaeda. I thought I would put at least few of the ideas from that talk out here, even though I don’t have an actual text to reproduce...

This afternoon I spoke at a standing room only panel discussion in the Congressional office buildings about U.S. policy towards Egyptian democracy hosted by the Project on Middle East Democracy. I don’t think I made any new friends in the Egyptian embassy (although their representative was perfectly friendly afterwards). My assignment was to talk about the Egyptian political scene, not the U.S. policy debate, which is what I did. I did end up speaking more directly in the discussio..

by: Abu Aardvark 2008-7-29
There’s no rule against my describing my own talk, though. I spoke about the relationship between al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: not about the arguments over whether and how to engage with the MB, and not about the deep history of the relationship (back to the splits in the Egyptian MB over Qutb) but specifically over how AQ and the MB view each other today. While I’m not going to reproduce the whole talk here (I will be turning it into an article very soon if I can just find..

by: Marc Lynch 2008-7-26
I sat (okay, stood outside the overflow room) through a two hour panel at the US Institute for Peace this morning, chaired by Daniel Serwer and featuring Kimberly Kagan, Charles Knight, Colin Kahl, and Rend al-Rahim, devoted to the future of U.S. forces in Iraq. It was an unusually rich panel discussion, and all four panelists made useful and thoughtful contributions. ..

by: Mark Lynch 2008-6-25
Via Ethan Zuckerman and Henry Farrell, check out this fascinating exercise in mapping the American political blogosphere (and, via Ethan, John Kelly and Bruce Etling’s mapping of the Iranian blogosphere; and some discussion here of the methodology’s value); also, check out Noor Ali-Hasan’s MA thesis using link analysis on the Kuwaiti blogosphere)...

by: Nathan Brown 2008-5-24
After I stole his best line this morning, my suitemate Nathan Brown volunteered this comment on the performance of the Salafi movement in the Kuwaiti elections, which he spent last week observing: Do the Salafis Really Want to Party? ..

I haven’t had time to follow the Kuwaiti elections as closely as I would have liked, but the results are interesting. Most of the English-language coverage has emphasized that Islamists did well, increasing their share of Parliament to 21 out of 50 seats, women again failed to win any seats, and liberals roughly held steady...

In a number of recent articles I have argued that the Muslim Brotherhood can serve as an important "firewall" against al-Qaeda style radicalization in Arab countries (while simultaneously taking seriously the concerns that it might act as a "transmission belt" towards radicalization under certain conditions). ..

For those in the area and interested, just a quick note that I will be appearing on an Institute for Middle East Studies panel discussion Monday afternoon entitled "What have we learned about Islamist political movements?" It is the public portion of a day-long academic workshop featuring a number of leading political scientists whose work focuses on various dimensions of Islamist activism. ..

The Combatting Terrorism Center has just released an evaluation of part one which includes the original Arabic and English translations of almost 1900 submitted questions. The most striking thing about part one was the amount of time devoted to refuting questions and challenges about the killing of Muslim civilians in North African and beyond..

I have often pointed to the Muslim Brotherhood’s willingness to participate in Egyptian elections under difficult, repressive conditions as evidence of their democratic commitments...

by: Mark Lynch 2003-2-23
Posting this from the margins of day one of an all-day two-day closed workshop, so no time for links or detail...

The runup to Bush’s trip to the Middle East reminded me very much of Cheney’s famous 2002 trip, when all he wanted to talk about was Iraq, and all the Arabs wanted to talk about was the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Bush clearly views the purpose of the trip as mobilizing support for confronting Iran, something in which the Gulf states these days don’t seem to have a lot of interest. Most of the Arab media, at least, sees the trip almost exclusively through the Palestinian-Israeli lens..

Despite Mahmoud’s current pessimism, I still think that this is possible down the road - if these creative and energetic youth activists can find ways to reassure their elders that their blogging helps the organization in the long term more than it hurts it in the short term. I expect that the "campaign" style blogs will continue (the ones working on behalf of imprisoned Brotherhood leaders, for instance), but that for now the ones discussing internal Brotherhood affairs will go dark..

In September 2007, the Society of Muslim Brothers, Egypt’s largest organized political force, released a draft political party platform to a select group of around 50 Egyptian intellectuals. The response was scathing. Planks such as those advocating formation of a “higher council” of religious scholars with what looked like a legislative role and a ban on a female or Christian head of state triggered an avalanche of complaint from friend and foe alike. For the Brothers’ enemies, the dr..

Both my and Ted’s articles are available online for free. I’m glad that it will therefore reach a wider audience, but there’s also a more serious issue there. MERIP, for decades one of the single best sources for quality analysis of the Middle East, has fallen on even tougher financial times than usual, as post-9/11 foundation interest has begun to dry up. They’re facing a $60,000 shortfall, which in some political quarters would be the bar tab for a weekend conference but in the non..

Since at least four people have asked me today, the "Muslim Brotherhood Party Platform" panel at 4:00 tomorrow over at Carnegie (1779 Mass Ave) featuring me..

I know I already announced these once, but here are some upcoming events for this week...

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