Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference Schedule


Welcome Reception
Special Remarks: H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Re-Making Turkey: Changing Policies Foreign and Domestic
Discussant: Prof. Margaret Brabant

Can We Expect a New Rapprochement in Turkish-American Relations?
Nurşin Güney, Yildiz Technical University

Understanding Turkey’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Walking on the Tight Road at the Road Between “Complex Extended Deterrence” and “Complex Interdependence
Visne Korkmaz, Yildiz Technical University

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Iran: Espionage, Militaria, and Miniatures
Discussant: Prof. Larry Simpson

Cultural and Artistic Impact of Safavid Iran on Mughal India: Themes, Materials & Techniques of Miniature Paintings
Mandana Barkeshli, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Derafsh-e kāveyān: The Pre-Islamic Iranian National Standard in Myth, History, and Memory
D Gershon Lewental, University of Oklahoma

The Transatlantic Dialogue on Iran after a Nuclear Agreement
Moritz Pieper, University of Kent

The Eyes and Ears:  The Sasanian and Roman Spies AD 224-450
Ilkka Syvanne, Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Myths and Propaganda: Egypt, Israel, and Lebanon
Discussant: Dr. Robert Barnidge, Jr.

The Postwar Career of Nazi Ideologue, Johann von Leers, aka Omar Amin, the “First Ranking German” in Nasser’s Egypt
Joel Fishman, Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs

The Ehden Massacre of 1978 in Lebanon – The Creation of a Resistance Myth
Dan Naor, Bar-Ilan University

Deir Yassin: Propaganda and Historiography
Eliezer Tauber, Bar-Ilan University

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Emergent Africa: Ideology, Policy, and Pragmatism
Discussant: Prof. Jeremy Rich

On Taxation and Suspicion: Toward a Fiscal Anthropology in Hargeysa, Somaliland
Jorge Campos Tellez, University of Chicago

Advocating State-Building: The Marxist Project in Post-Colonial Africa
Jamie Miller, University of Pittsburgh

Ethiopia and the Former Czechoslovakia in the Era of the Cold War, 1960-1980: Ideological or Pragmatic Cooperation Between Authoritarian Regimes?
Jan Záhořík, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

Laboring the Cold War in Africa: The “Modernizing” Ideas of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
Kevin Grimm, Regent University

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
ROUNDTABLE A: Jewish-Christianity and the Origins of Islam, Part I
Discussant: Samir Khalil Samir

Islamic Origins: The Transformation of a Peripheral Religious Movement?
Francisco del Rio Sanchez, University of Barcelona

The Judeo-Christian Audience of the Qu’ran
Robert Hoyland, New York University

Jewish-Christianity, Non-Trinitarianism, and the Beginnings of Islam
Stephen Shoemaker, University of Oregon

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Morning Coffee Break
Sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Apocalyptic Dimensions of Global Jihad
Discussant: Dr. Asaf Romirowsky

Islam as a Millennial Religion: The Cultural and Religious Sources of Islamic ‘Self’ against the ‘Other’
David Bukay, University of Haifa

Is Boko Haram an Apocalyptic Movement?
David Cook, Rice University

Apocalyptic Jihad in the Context of Millennial Movements Throughout History
Richard Landes, Boston University

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
What Drives Them? ISIS and Other Islamists
Discussant: Prof. Wayne Bowen

Appeal to Classical Source Material by Islamic State Leadership and Fighters
Daniel Brubaker, Rice University

Muslim Brotherhood 2.0: The Idea of Change in a Global Movement
Valentina Colombo, European Foundation for Democracy

Predecessors to ISIS and the Islamic State?: The Early Wahhabi Movement – An Historiographical Examination
Jeffrey Macris, United States Naval Academy

The Five Faces of Resurgent Islam: Toward a Typology of Violent and Political Islamist Ideologies
Jonathan Pidluzny, Morehead State University

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mediating Africa: Secession, Elections, and Health
Discussant: Dr. Kris Inman

IGAD, Sudan, and South Sudan: Achievements and Setbacks of Regional Mediation
Irit Back, Tel Aviv University

Religion and Public Health in Africa
Robert Lloyd, Pepperdine University

Emerging Dissonance: Understanding Challenges for the Political Opposition in Gabon, 2009-2015
Jeremy Rich, Marywood University

Elections in Authoritarian Regimes: Kenya and Tanzania Compared
Consolata Sulley, University of Leipzig

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Preserving Continuity and Facing Decline: Elites in the Middle East
Discussant: Dr. Brandon Friedman

Saudi Linkage Succession: The New Rules of Succession in the House of Saud and the New Saudi Foreign Policy
Alexander Bligh, Ariel University

Elite Family Organizations in the Fertile Crescent: A New Analysis
Harel Chorev, Tel Aviv University

Repression or Concessions? Explaining Authoritarian Survival Strategies in Jordan
Michael Makara, University of Central Missouri

The Fate of Syria’s Notables in Cold War Syria: The Case of the Atassi Family
Joel Parker, Tel Aviv University

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
ROUNDTABLE B: The Spill-Over: The Sunni Jihadis of Syria/Iraq and their Impact on the Middle East Region

Jihadi Blowback in the Arab Gulf Monarchies
Lori Plotkin Boghardt, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Coping on the Front Line:  The Impact of Sunni Jihadis on Lebanon and Jordan
David Schenker, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Islamic State’s Attempt to Export Outside Syria and Iraq
Aaron Zelin, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Banquet Luncheon and Keynote Address
Prof. Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, “The Fate of the Middle East Christians”

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Palestinian Mobilization: Identity, Politics, and Terror
Discussant: Dr. Asaf Romirowsky

Palestinian Engagement with the International Criminal Court: From Preliminary Examination to Investigation?
Robert Barnidge, Webster University

Jerusalem of Hate: A Profile of the Al-Quds “Intifada”
Shaul Bartal, Bar-Ilan University

The One-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Joseph Spoerl, Saint Anselm College

The Mosque, the Kaffia and the Gun: Fatah Movement Identity Politics
Ido Zelkovitz, University of Haifa

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Myths of Origin Beyond Arab and Jew
Discussant: Prof. Franck Salameh

Born at a Disadvantage: Syria’s Inherent Problems of Demography and Geography
Scott Abramson, University of California, Los Angeles

French Steamship Harbors in Beirut, 1836: Historiography of a Levantine City
Chantal El-Hayek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lebanon and the Phoenician Myth of Origin
Franck Salameh, Boston College

The Use of the Ancients in Constructing National Identities: Canaanites and Nabateans in Israel, Jordan and Palestine
Ilan Troen and Carol Troen, Brandeis University

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
African Nationalism and Leadership Challenges
Discussant: Prof. Benjamin Arah
This panel was organized by Prof. Benjamin Arah, Department of History and Government, Bowie State University.

Chinua Achebe: African Literature and the Politics of Writing in Africa
Benjamin Arah, Bowie State University

Kwame Nkrumah’s Strategies for African Unity and their Impact on Inter-African States’ Relations
William Lewis, Bowie State University

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE C: United Kurdistan: Distant Dream or Emerging Reality?

Ofra Bengio, Tel Aviv University

Sinam Mohamad, Co-President, People’s Council for Western Kurdistan

Muslih Mustafa, Soran University

Arash Saleh, Representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan to the United States

Nahro Zagros, Soran University

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m
Women’s Struggles in Israel, Kurdistan, and Turkey
Discussant: Prof. Jan Feldman

The Kurdish Women of Rojava: Building a Nation Amidst the Chaos of War
Heidi Basch-Harod, Tel Aviv University

Domesticating the Holy: Women for the Temple and the (In)Divisibility of Contested Sacred Places
Lihi Ben Shitrit, University of Georgia

Lesser Citizens, Lesser Beings: Turkish Women’s Ongoing Struggle for Equality in the 21st Century
Margaret Brabant, Butler University

New Turkey: A Burdening Ideal on Women’s Shoulders
Irem Güney-Frahm, Harriet Taylor Mill Institute

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m
Tolerance, Intolerance, and Interaction: Great Britain, Spain, and Turkey
Discussant: Prof. Joe Skelly

Religious Pluralism in Istanbul in the 1720s? Questions for the Future
Tulay Artan, Sabanci University

From Holy War to Technocracy, 1571-1924:  The Spanish and Ottoman Empires in the Mediterranean
Wayne Bowen, Southeast Missouri State University

The 1934 Anti-Jewish Thrace Riots: The Jewish Exodus of Thrace Through the Lens of Nationalism and Collective Violence
Banu Eligür, Başkent University

Crypto-Jews and Judeo-German Finance: Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories, the British Press, and the Outbreak of War between Britain and the Ottoman Empire in 1914
Justin Fantauzzo, Memorial University of Newfoundland

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m
ROUNDTABLE D: Jewish-Christianity and the Origins of Islam, Part II
Discussant: Prof. Francisco del Río Sanchez

Jewish Christianity, the Qur’ān, and Early Islam: Some Methodological Caveats
Guillaume Dye, Free University of Brussels

From a Christian (Ebionite?) Verus Propheta to the Muslim Seal of the Prophets
Simon Mimouni, EPHE-Paris

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tradition, Law, and Modernity in Islam
Discussant: Capt. Jeffrey Macris

Abrogation in Islam: Nasikh wa-Mansukh
David Bukay, University of Haifa

Hermeneutics in al-Muzani’s Mukhtasar and al-Shirazi’s al-Tanbih
Husain Kassim, University of Central Florida

Is Democracy Compatible With Islam?
Glenn Stewart, The Queen’s College, Oxford University

Searching for the Man of Peace: Traditional, Cultural, Islamic Mediation
Jonathan Zartman, Air Command and Staff College

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE E: Cultures of War: U.S. Military Training in the Middle East and Africa

Working with African Militaries
SSgt William Caban, United States Marine Corps

‘Fighting’ the Culture in Yemen and Iraq
Maj Vern Liebl, United States Marine Corps, ret.

Partnering and Cultural Misperception in Helmand Province
Capt John Powell, Harvard University

U.S. Military Training: The Big Picture
Dr. Matt Slater, Marine Corps University

8:00 p.m.
Film Screening: Indigènes/ Days of Glory (2006)
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.


7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
What the Arab Spring has Wrought
Discussant: Dr. Douglas Streusand

Sovereignty, Territory, and De Facto Statehood in the Middle East and North Africa
Ariel Ahram, Virginia Tech University

The Evolution of Political Islam in the Middle East and the Democratization Processes of the Arab Spring
Maurizio Geri, Old Dominion University

Cognitive Liberation: Violent and Nonviolent Expressions of Liberation in the Case of the Arab Spring Revolutionary Movements in Tunisia and Libya
Aleksandra Nesic, Florida State University

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
The Quest for Justice and Stability in Africa
Discussant: Prof. Jan Záhořík

Political Succession and Conflict in Africa
Kris Inman, National Intelligence University

Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Missions: A Case Study of MONUC & MONUSCO
Bonnie Kovatch, United States Military Academy

Uganda: Perfection of Post-Conflict Stability or Ticking Time Bomb?
Kristin Pearson and Alex Pedersen, United States Air Force Academy

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Leadership and Public Policy in Turkey
Discussant: Prof. Hakki Gurkas

Democratization and Alliance Preferences: The Case of Turkey-Israel
Onur Erpul, Florida International University

Explaining Erdoğan’s Quest for Presidentialism: A Veto Players Framework
Orçun Selçuk, Florida International University

New Tools in Turkish Political Science and Public Policy: The Policy Agendas Project Turkey
Tevfik Murat Yildirim, University of Missouri, Columbia

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Transmitting Cultures of Tradition and Freedom in Egypt
Discussant: Dr. Ahmed Zohny

Painting Down the Barricades: Public Art and Resistance Between Online and Offline Spaces in Egypt
Kira Allmann, University of Oxford

Reading Khedival Khayamiya: Understanding the Epigrams of the Egyptian Tentmakers
Sam Bowker, Charles Sturt University

Adopting and Transmitting the Values of Egypt’s 1952 Revolution: The Transformation of Ana Hurra (‘I Am Free’) from Novel to Film
Amaya Martin, University of Notre Dame

Urban Egyptian Men and Women and the Negotiation of Conflicting Gender Ideologies
Mariam Nagi, Trinity College Dublin

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
In the Path of Jihad
Discussant: Prof. Jonathan Pidluzny

Exploiting Ignorance in the Post Subversion Phase: Assessing What ISIS Wants in Light of the ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Narrative
Stephen C. Coughlin, Unconstrained Analytics

Muhammad Taught Us How to Fight
Col. Norvell B. DeAtkine

Hydrological Warfare in the Middle East: the Islamic State
Vernie Liebl, Marine Corps University

Blue-eyed Jihad – The Caliphate’s Foreign Legion
Mark Silinsky, US Army War College and Department of Defense

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Artistic Insights into Modern Middle Eastern Culture
Discussant: Prof. Annie Tracy Samuel

Home, Identity, and Place in Maha Hassan’s Drums of Love
Manal al-Natour, West Virginia University

What Do Films Tell Us about Rich Muslim Girls?
Ibtissam Bouachrine, Smith College

Video Productions in Tachelhit: Site of Contestation
Habiba Boumlik, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Clashes Between Intellectuals and the Regime in Monarchic Iraq as Reflected in Two Short Stories from the 1950s
Hilla Peled-Shapira, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
It’s Not Easy Not Being Green: Minority Status in the Middle East
Discussant: Prof. D Gershon Lewental

The Re-Ghettoization of Armenian Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran
James Barry, Deakin University

Minorities in Islamist States
Dalal Daoud, Queen’s University

Re-thinking Ritual: The Mandaeans
Erica Hunter, SOAS, University of London

The “Nasara” in the Quran: A Window into Middle Eastern Christianity in the 7th and 21st Centuries
Judith Rood, Biola University and Paul Rood, Biola University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE F: Jewish-Christianity and the Origins of Islam, Part III
Discussant: Prof. Guillaume Dye

The Jews and Christians of Pre-Islamic Yemen (Himyar) and the Elusive Matrix of the Qur’an’s Christology
Carlos Segovia, University of St. Louis, Madrid Campus

Jewish-Christianity: Category, Error, and the Future of Qur’anic Studies
Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Defining Aspirations and Identity in Kurdistan
Discussant: Prof. Ofra Bengio

What Made Iraq a Failed State?
Ofra Bengio, Tel Aviv University

Neo-Ottomanism and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey: State Policy and Kurdish Response
Asli Elitsoy, Bilkent University

Turkish Staatsvolk vs. Kurdish Identity: Denial of the Kurds in the Turkish School Textbooks
Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Tel Aviv University

Kurdish Nationalism in the Cauldron of War
Brandon Friedman, Tel Aviv University

Institutionalization of Pan-Kurdish Discourse in the 20th Century: The Kurdish Republic of 1946
Ceng Sagnic, Tel Aviv University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Confronting Instability After the Arab Spring
Discussant: Prof. Graeme Auton

Lone Wolf Terrorism in the Middle East
Jennifer Carson and Matthew Suppenbach, University of Central Missouri

Land Restitution in Southern Yemen: A Primary Ingredient in the Arab Spring
Jon Unruh, McGill University

The Middle East Instability and Its Impact on The United States’ Interests
Ahmed Zohny, Coppin State University

The Challenge of Terrorism and Armed Groups in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
Sherifa Zuhur, University of California, Berkeley

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Follow the Money: Building States and Goodwill for Middle East Authoritarians
Discussant: Prof. Mark Heller

Middle East Oil and Global Finance: The Role of MENA’s Sovereign Wealth Funds
Mohammed Akacem, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Dennis Miller, Baldwin Wallace University

Purchasing Sovereignty:
Sovereignty, Club Goods and the Funding Crisis for Refugee Aid in the Middle East
Melissa Carlson, University of California, Berkeley

Diversification Policies: How the Inner Circle Plays a Role in Determining Diversification Strategies in Saudi Arabia and Libya
Marie van den Bosch, Princeton University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Stoking Low Intensity Conflict in Africa
Discussant: Mr. Christopher Bailey

Legacy of an Exile: How Al-Shabaab was Inspired by and Learned from Osama bin Laden
Kris Inman, National Intelligence University

Pockets of Anarchy: Radicalization and Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Christine M. Mutuku, University of Nairobi

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Society, Identity, and Policy in Morocco
Sponsored by the Moroccan American Cultural Center
Discussant: Dr. Irit Back

Re-Thinking Urban Informality: Political and Social Life in Morocco’s Slum and Informal Areas
Caroline Abadeer, Stanford University

The Missing Maghreb: The Kingdom of Morocco as a Pivotal State in the Middle East – A Case Study of Morocco’s Relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran
Annie Tracy Samuel, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Beyond the Saharan Cloak: Uncovering Jewish Identity from Southern Morocco and Throughout the Sahara
Janice Levi, University of California, Los Angeles

Taking Up Space: Political Party Progress and Change in Post-Arab Spring Morocco
Edward Lynch, Hollins University

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Disrupted Communities in Iraq, Lebanon and Morocco
Discussant: Dr. Hilla Peled-Shapira

Participatory Development and its Multiple Facets: The Case of Morocco
Afsaneh Haddadian, University of Washington

Probabilities of Preservation of the Assyrian Presence in the Middle East
Eden Naby, Independent Researcher

Fragments of Lives Arrested; A Memoir of Lebanon’s Jewish Community
Franck Salameh, Boston College

12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Understanding Iran: Nuclear Theocracy and Future Change
Discussant: Prof. Mark T. Clark

Identity of New Generation in Iran and Iran’s Foreign Policy
Vahid Abedini, Florida International University

Understanding the Rogue State Concept: The Iranian Case
Robert Asaadi, University of Minnesota

The Islamic Republic of Iran: Between Theocracy and ‘Clerical Fascism’ (Emergence and Evolution: 1978 – 1988)
Eliot Assoudeh, University of Nevada, Reno

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Topics in Middle East History
Discussant: Prof. Joseph Skelly

The Contagiousness of Regional Conflict: A Middle East Case Study
Graeme Auton and Jacob Slobodien, University of Redlands

Jerusalem (and the Holy Places): How a Stillborn Plan to Demilitarize and Internationalize Holy Places Became an Enduring Political and Diplomatic Gambit Centered on Jerusalem
Aaron Eitan Meyer, Independent Researcher

A Comparative Study on Leading Factors of Iranian Messianic Movements: Al-Muqqanna and Bab
Khadijeh Salimi, Old Dominion University

The Race Between the Eagle and the Bear: A Historic Perspective on Conflicting US-Russian Interests and Hegemony in the Middle East in the 1960’s and Early 1970’s
Sam Willner, University of Haifa

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Early Encounters: Christianity and Islam
Discussant: Dr. Erica Hunter

The Monk Encounters the Prophet: The Story of the Encounter Between Monk Bahīra and Muhammad as it is Recorded in the Syriac Manuscript of Mardin 259/2
Abjar Bakhou, Baylor University

Common Trends in Saint Veneration: Commemorations of Rumi, Hadji Bektaş Veli, and Nasraddin Hodja Since the Twentieth Century
Hakki Gurkas, Kennesaw State University

The Early Islamic Caliphate (11-65/632-685): A Non-Existing Institution
Aram Shahin, James Madison University

Together on the Way to the Monastic Church of Mīt Damsīs: Copts and Muslims at the Mūlid of Saint George in Medieval Islamic Egypt and Beyond
Myriam Wissa, University of London

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Migration, Faith, Slavery and Commerce in West Africa
Discussant: Prof. Phyllis Puffer

Regional and Entrepreneurial Migration of Lebanese in West Africa: Case Studies in Dakar, Abidjan and Ouagadougou
Marwa El Chab, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Race and Slavery: Senegal in the Era of Abolition
Robin Hardy, Montana State University

Mobile Phone Technology and Religious Mediation: NASFAT and Christ Embassy in Comparative Perspective
Murtala Ibrahim, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Navigating Mobilities: Chinese Migrants on the Roads in Lagos
Allen Xiao, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Morocco: Setting a Path to Progress
Discussant: Prof. Mohammed Akacem

The Moroccan Merchant Diaspora: New Approaches to the Nineteenth Century
Graham Cornwell, Georgetown University

Jihadism, De-Radicalization, and the Monarchy: Exploring the Case of Morocco
Abdelkader Filali, Ottawa University

Between Europe and Africa: Morocco as a Country of Immigration
Kelsey Norman, University of California, Irvine

Allah (God), al-Watan (the Nation), al-Malik (the King) and the Role of Ijtihād in Family Law Reforms of Morocco
Miyase Yavuz, SOAS, University of London

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Interpreting Islam: Yesterday and Today
Discussant: Prof. Pieternella VanDoornHarder

Lost Work, Lost Cause? The Rehabilitation of Jaʿfar al-Khuldī and the Sufi Archive
Jeremy Farrell, Emory University

Rereading the Qur’an – Challenging Traditional Authority: Political Implication of Contemporary Qur’an Scholarship
Rahel Fischbach, Georgetown University

Abū ‘Alā al-Ma’arrī’s Reception: A Poet or an Unbeliever?
Sona Grigoryan, Central European University

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
China and the Middle East: Past and Present
Discussant: Mr. Xiaoyue Li

Nasser’s Political Legacy and its Implication for the Sino-Egyptian Relations
Jiuzhou Duan, Tsinghua University

The Dragon and the Lion: Twists and Turns of the Sino-Israeli Relations, 1948-2015
Gangzheng She, Brandeis University

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Staying in the Fight: Iran, Iraq, ISIS
Discussant: Dr. Jonathan Zartman

President Obama, Just War and War with ISIS: Examining the Historical Christian Ethic of War and its Relevance to the Ongoing Conflict Against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
Ricardo Crespo, University of California, Riverside

The Revolutionary Guards: From Spoilers to Supporters of the Nuclear Deal
Somayeh Khodaei Moshirabad, National University of Malaysia

The Caliphate’s Gold: The Islamic State’s Monetary Policy and its Implications
Ian Oxnevad, University of California, Riverside

Shopping for Armageddon: A Supply-Demand Analysis of Nuclear and Radiological Terror of Islamists Groups
Farhad Rezaei, University of Malaya

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jewish Communities in Iraq and North Africa

Iraqi Jewry’s ‘Second Exile’ in International History
Joshua Fattal, New York University

Baghdadi Jews and the Foreign Press: The Case of E. Levy
Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, Leiden University

People on the Peripheries: The Situation of Jewish Women in North Africa During World War II
Avenel Rolfsen, Westminster College

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Visions of Peace and Freedom in Iran and Iraq
Discussant: Prof. Sam Bowker

Architecture of Peace
Venus Akef, University of Cincinnati

Evolution of Digital Repertoires of Action in Iran
Emad Khazraee, Kent State University

The Iranian Common Memory of the 1980s, An Aesthetics of Changing Perception
Bahar Majdzadeh, Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Public Squares: A Place of Memory – A Message of Democracy
Ladan Zarabadi, University of Cincinnati

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Maintaining Power, Managing Discontent: Bahrain, Syria, Tunisia
Discussant: Dr. Valentina Colombo

From Enmity to Amity, Hafez al-Assad and The Arab Tribes in Syria from 1970 until 2000
Haian Dukhan, St. Andrews University

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Topics on the Middle East and Africa
Discussant: Dr. Mark Silinsky

The Origins of Genocide and Mass Killing: A Spatial Model of Génocidaires
Zachary Karazsia, Florida International University

Military Network Structures and Authoritarian Resilience
Peter Vining, New York University