Fourth Annual ASMEA Conference Schedule
Out of the Past, Into the Future:
Reflections on the Middle East and Africa
November 3-5, 2011
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, November 3
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Remarks by: H.E. Ali Suleiman Aujali, Ambassador of Libya
Friday, November 4
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Terror and Counter-Terror: Israel, the PLO and the Oslo Peace Process
- From Oslo to Cast Lead-15 years of Palestinian PSYOP
- Israel’s Combating Terrorism Campaign against the Palestinian Insurgency, 2000-2011: Measures and Effectiveness
- Islamic Anti-Semitism and the Arab-Zionist Conflict
- Tribes, Faith and Self-Promotion: Forging African Identities
- Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa; Three Cases: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa
- The Epistolary Tradition in the Formation of Islamic Movements of Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Shaykh Ahmad Bamba and the Muridiyya
- Becoming Samburu: The Ethnogenesis of a Pastoral People in Nineteenth-Century Northern Kenya
- “It’s Time for Africa!”: South Africa and the 2010 World Cup
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Turkey Under the AKP: Can Liberalism and Islamism Co-Exist?
(Prof. Mahmut Ersin Kalaycioglu; Prof. Sabri Sayari; Prof. Kemal Silay; Dr. Cuneyt Ulsever; Prof. Birol Yesilada)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Visions of a Failed Peace: Israel, the Palestinian Authority -1993-2011
- Self-Determination, Statehood, and Unilateral Declarations of Independence: The Case of Palestine
- The Failed Peace Process in the Middle East 1993-2010
- Bibi and Barack – Partners for Peace? US-Israeli Relations in the Age of Uncertainty
- Paradigms, Cognitive Dissonance, and Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Conflict and Progress: Contrasting Paths in Africa’s Development
- Back to the Future? China in Ghana
- Conflict Dynamics in Sierra Leone: An Examination of the Factors Influencing Civil Violence
- Understanding the Dynamic of Sino-Africa Relations: Building Communities of Practice and Socialization
- Interstate Rivals, Group Dynamics and Conflict Progression in the Republic of Congo
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Saddam Tapes, 1978-2001: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime
(Mr. Michael Eisenstadt; Mr. David Palkki; Dr. Mark Stout; Dr. Shibley Telhami; Dr. Kevin Woods)
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Banquet Luncheon and Keynote Address
Keynote Address by: H.E. Barham Salih, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m
- Islam, Islamism, Imperialism and Da’wa
- The Tablighi Jama’at: Proselytizing Missionaries or Trojan Horse?
- Totalitarian Islamism and the Historical Practice of Politics
- Is Islam Arab Imperialism?
- Islam and the Other: al-Walaa’ wal-Baraa’ and al-Fitrah Doctrines: The Religious Perceptions and the Political Treatment of the Infidels
- Strongmen Politics: State Formation, the Military Class, Foreign Intervention in Africa
- State Formation in the Horn of Africa: Comparing Somaliland to Puntland
- Pax Americana: American Security Interests and Interventions in Africa
- Museveni in Uganda
- “Jeshi la Wananchi la,” The Tanzanian Military, Social Change, and Structural Resiliency: A Network Science Approach
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Syria’s Freedom Revolution: The Struggle for a Post-Assad Future
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
- The Power of Messages and Perception in the Middle East
- Nazi Propaganda in the Arab World
- “A Disaster of another Kind”: Zionism=Racism, Its Beginning, and the War of Delegitimization against Israel
- The Role of the Mainstream News Media in Jihadi Cognitive Warfare: Pallywood and The Case of Muhammad al Dura
- The Dynamics of Global Demonization of Israel: The Murder-for-Organ-Harvesting Libel and the Flow of Atrocity Stories
- Al Qaida Adaptations and Response: North Africa and Beyond
- The Imperatives and Prerequisites for Future Non-State Islamist Terrorism
- Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb: Terrorism and Counterterrorism Initiatives
- Understanding the Threat of Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb
- Inspire – The First Year: A Content Analysis AQAP’s English Language Publication
- The Arab Spring and the Fate of Middle East Minorities
- Arabization and its Discontents: The Rise of the Amazigh Movement in North Africa
- Native Christian Fears and Hopes Regarding the “Arab Spring”
- Islamism, Lebanon’s Political System and Political Maronitism: Al-Infitah and Lebanonization
- A New Westphalian Order for the “Other Middle East”
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Mugabe and the White African
Saturday, November 5
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
- Explaining Movements, Sustaining Regimes: Islam in Turkey and Iran
- The Comeback of the Hojjatiyeh-New Politics in Old Frames
- “Neo-Iranian Nationalism”: Pre-Islamic Grandeur and Shi’a Eschatology in Iranian Contemporary Politics
- Gulen and the Modernists
- Tribes, Movements and Controlling Interests in the Middle East
- Authoritarian Social Pacts of Syria and Yemen
- A Concept in Question: “Tribes” and “Tribalism” in the Contemporary Analysis of the Middle East and Africa
- The Egyptian Feminist Movement
- Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy in the Middle East and Africa
- The Terrifying and the Tragic: War and Romance in the Pre-Modern Middle East
- Wooden Helmets and Paper Flights, the Mamluks are Off to War: Recent Finds of Medieval Arms and Armour at the Citadel of Damascus
- Local Leaders and Political Systems before Ottoman Tanzimat in Central Palestine: A Case Study of Jayussi and Barqawi Families in Tulkarm
- Love Story: The Desert Journey of Charmion Von Wiegand and Ameen Rihani
- A Spectacle as Sublime as Terrifying: Romantic Tendencies in the Work of Napoleon’s Scholars in Egypt, 1798-1801
- The Egyptian Army Comes of Age-The Siege of Acre (1830-1831)
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- Failed States in the Grasp of Insurgents
- The Importance of Culture in Efforts to Rebuild the Government in Afghanistan
- The Social Fitness of Insurgencies: The Organizational Payoff for Legitimated Power
- Why al-Qaeda is Winning
- Failed States and International Security: The Cases of Afghanistan/Pakistan, Lebanon, and Somalia
- Topics on the Middle East and Africa
- How Does Al-Jazeera Arabic Influence Jordanian Political Attitudes and Identities?
- The Changing Nature of Archeology and the Black Market after the Spring Uprisings
- Remembering the Guerillitas: Cuban Women Combatants in Southern Africa
- Revolutions and Reform in the Midst of the Arab Spring
- Rhetoric and Democracy in the Arab World: The Outlook for the Future
- Green and Orange: What Egyptian Reformers Should and Should Not Learn from the Ukrainian Revolution
- Public Perceptions, Political Violence, and Human Rights in the Middle East
- Are Revolutionary Outcomes Predictable? The Theory and Practice of the Arab Spring
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Topics on the Middle East and Africa
- Understanding Zionism’s Ideological Foundations in Light of the “New History”: The Case of Yishuv Economic Policy, 1900-1948
- Defining the Enemy as Israel, Zionist, Neo-Nazi or Jewish: The Propaganda War under Nasser’s Egypt, 1952-1967
- Civil Society in Egypt: Strategies for Autonomy under a Hybrid Regime
- Ethiopia and Egypt: Assessment of a Troubled Relation, 1950s to 1991
- Islamism and the Social Order in Iran and Turkey
- Islam as Peacemaker: the AKP’s Opportunity at a Kurdish Resolution
- The Hidden Imam and Khomeini’s Revolution
- The Character of the Iranian Social Order and Civil Society
- US-Iranian Relations During and Since the Khatami Presidency
- Politics, Power and People in the Maghreb
- Between “Authoritarian” and “Empowered” Slum Relocation: Social Meditation in the Case of Ennakhil, Morocco
- Moroccan Islamists and Minority Politics: Adaptations in a Non-Homogenous Polity
- The Military in Algeria-Changing Rule, Consistent Ideas