Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference Schedule


Welcome Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Mr. David K. Gacheru, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya will deliver opening remarks.


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Making of Modern Turkey
Discussant: Dr. Sedat Aybar

The 1942 Wealth Tax: Economic Turkification under Ethnocultural Nationalism and Turkey’s Non-Muslim Minorities
(Banu Eligur, Baskent University)

Privatized Commemoration, Political Polarization, and the Cult of Atatürk since the Mid-1990’s
(Anat Goldman, University of Washington)

When Lawmakers Fight: A Theory of Legislative Violence through the Case of Turkey
(Semih Patan, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Glorification of the Past as a Political Tool: The Ottoman Past in Contemporary Turkish Politics
(Umut Uzer, Istanbul Technical University)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Assessing the Performance of State Structures in Africa

On the Question of Governance: Has Africa Seen the Last of the Coup Years?
(Sabella Abidde, Alabama State University)

Structures of Governance and Repertoires of Contention: Anti-Corruption and Popular Contention in Africa
(Jacob Lewis, University of Maryland)

Whose Rule? Rebuilding Liberia’s Army After Civil War
(Renanah Miles, Columbia University)

Opposition Political Parties’ Electoral Performance in Tanzania: Examining the Success Stories from 2005 to 2015
(Consolata Sulley, University of Dar es Salaam)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Emerging Trends in Israel
Discussant: Dr. Alexander Bligh

Against the Grain:  Some Hope for Today’s Middle Eastern & African Refugees from the Jewish Agrarian Past
(Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Path to Electoral Success: Religious Parties, Religious Institutions, and Clientelism in Israel
(Michael Freedman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Has Israel Reached the Limits of Growth? The Economic and Ecological Absorptive Capacity of Israel/Palestine
(Ilan and Carol Troen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/Brandeis University)

Local Governments of Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East: A Case Study of the Crisis Among the Arab-Palestinian Municipalities in Israel
(Rami Zeedan, University of California, Berkeley)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Islam and the Impact of Special Knowledge
Discussant: Dr. Myriam Wissa

The Complexities of Medieval Blasphemy Jurisprudence: Rereading Taqī al-Dīn al-Subkī’s (d.1355) al-Sayf al-maslūl ‘alā man sabba al-rasūl
(Matthew Anderson, Georgetown University)

A Book of One’s Own: Wāridāt and its Reception in the age of Ottoman Confessionalization
(Samet Budak, University of Michigan)

The Illiterate Saint and the Scholar
(Mona Zaki, College of William and Mary)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Many Paths of Women in the Middle East
Discussant: Dr. Yasmin Khodary

Border Crossing: Syrian Feminism and Leadership
(Manal al-Natour, West Virginia University)

Does Electing Female Councilors Affect Women’s Representation? Evidence from the Tunisian Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI)
(Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University)

“Point Men”: How Religious Women Soldiers May Restore Israel’s “Citizens’ Army”
(Jan Feldman, University of Vermont)

The Women of Cohar: Convicted Muslim Terrorists in an Israeli Prison
(Christine Sixta Rinehart, University of South Carolina Palmetto College)

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
ROUNDTABLE A: Middle Eastern Studies Professionals: How to Avoid Internalizing the Clash of Civilizations
(Prof. Franck Salameh; Prof. Richard Landes; Dr. Asaf Romirowsky)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Uncertain Outcomes in Conflicted Africa
Discussant: Dr. Robert Lloyd

Struggles for Power, Identity and Language in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of the AmaHlubi
(Jochen S. Arndt, Virginia Military Institute)

Injustice for All?: Negotiated Victory in Civil War and the Rhodesian Bush War
(Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, University of California, Los Angeles)

Humanitarian Aid and Counter Insurgency: The Case of the Simba Revolts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1964-1967
(Jeremy Rich, Marywood University)

A Preliminary Exploration into the Politics of Dark Tourism in Rwanda
(Lindsay Scorgie-Porter, Huron University College)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Israel and the Changing Middle East
Discussant: Dr. Joel Parker

The Portrayal of Jews and Israel in Turkish School Textbooks
(Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, Tel Aviv University)

Russia Between Jerusalem and Tehran: The Future of Moscow’s Strategy of Balancing between Iran and Israel Security
(Nikolay Kozhanov, European University at St. Petersburg)

Herzl in Beirut; Lebanon and Israel in the Intellectual Production of Twentieth-Century Lebanese Christians
(Franck Salameh, Boston College)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Communities of Foreigners in Medieval Istanbul
Discussant: Dr. Banu Eligur

Between the Sword of Santiago and The Scimitar of Muhammad: Spanish Diplomats in the Ottoman Empire, 1779-1923
(Wayne Bowen, University of Central Florida)

Iranian Exiles in Istanbul and Ottoman–Qājar Relations
(D Gershon Lewental, University of Oklahoma and Shalem College)

The Black Sheep of the Family?: The ‘Unorthodox’ Greeks of Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire
(Sada Payir, University of Oxford)

A Reluctant Minority: The Genoese Response to the Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople
(Padraic Rohan, Stanford University)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Development and Empowerment in Morocco
Discussant: Dr. Sherifa Zuhur

Private Developers and Public Policy: Private-Public Partnerships in the Delivery of Morocco’s New Towns
(Fatmah Behbehani and Caroline Alberti, University of Virginia)

Women Empowerment and Global Value Chain Upgrading in Africa: A Case Study of the Moroccan Argan Oil Industry
(Rebecca Geffner and Mohamed Rhaihat, Ecole des Ponts Business School)

Gender and Development in Rural Morocco
(Wendy Perry, Boyd Caton Group, Inc.)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kurdistan: The Struggle for Independence
Discussant: Dr. Or Honig

A Historical Inquiry into Israeli-Kurdish Contact
(Scott Abramson, University of California, Los Angeles)

Stateless Capacity Building in Critical Emergency Contexts: A Comparative Analysis of Human Security, Health and Development in the Kurdish Regions of Iraq, Syria and Turkey
(Haluk Baran Bingol)

Understanding Minority Group Mobilization During Civil War: The Assyrian Democratic Movement in Iraq and the Nineveh Plains Protection Units
(Gregory Kruczek, Virginia Tech University)

The Middle Eastern War Nobody Still Knows: Revisiting Washington’s Support of the Second Iraqi-Kurdish War, 1974-1975
(Larry Simpson, High Point University)

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
ROUNDTABLE B: The Future of Iran in Syria
(Ms. Hanin Ghaddar; Dr. Matthew Levitt; Mr. Andrew Tabler)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Banquet Luncheon and Keynote Address
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Mr. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations.

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Tunisia: Liberalization or Retrenchment?
Discussant: Dr. Anouar Boukhars

Rashid Ghannouchi’s Test: Political Islam and Democracy in Tunisia
(Shaul Bartal, Bar-Ilan University)

Before and After Bin Ali: Comparing Two Attempts at Political Liberalization in Tunisia
(Sabina Henneberg, Johns Hopkins University)

Resisting and Redefining State Violence: The Gendered Politics of the Truth and Dignity Commission in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
(Hind Ahmed Zaki, Harvard University and University of Washington)

Back to the Future? Nidaa Tounes and Tunisian Post-Revolutionary Politics
(Daniel Zisenwine, Tel Aviv University)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Iranian Aspirations at Home and Abroad

Making the Shia-Iranian Self: The Islamic Republic and Cultural Engineering
(Eliot Assoudeh, University of Nevada, Reno)

Why is Studying Iranian Elections Politically Important? Facts Understood from the Electoral Behavior of the Constituencies Loyal to the Two Major Political Factions in Iran
(Amir Mahdavi, Brandeis University)

Understanding Iran’s Quest for Nuclear Technology: The Importance of Ideology
(Joseph Spoerl, Saint Anselm College)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Power of Words: Poetry, Literature, Cinema, and Song
Discussant: Dr. Mona Zaki

Tahlal: Emotional Bedouin Chanting in Morocco
(Driss Cherkaoui, The College of William and Mary)

Revisiting Ottoman Feminism as Cosmopolitan Thought: World-making in Women’s World Magazine (1913-1921)
(Pelin Kivrak, Yale University)

Between Exile and Homeland: The Complex Hybrid Identity of a Kurdish Poet
(Hilla Peled-Shapira, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University)

Representation of Masculinity in Iranian Cinema: Qaisar and Salesman in Dialogue
(Siavash Yansori, Columbia University)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Building Partner Capacity in Africa: Keys to Success
Discussant: Dr. Frank L. Jones

U.S. Security Cooperation in Africa: Confronting Expectations and Realities
(William Wyatt, U.S. Army War College)

Accountability: The Interagency and Building Partner Capacity in Africa
(Genevieve Lester, U.S. Army War College)

Absorptive Capacity: Understanding the Competencies Needed for Achieving Sustainable Solutions
(Adrian Wolfberg, U.S. Army War College)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Jews of Sub Saharan Africa
Discussant: Dr. Phyllis Puffer

The Role of the Internet in the Promulgation of Judaism and Jewish Identity in Central Africa
(Nathan P. Devir, University of Utah)

Disentangling the New Fulcrum of Sub-Saharan Judaism Through Concentric Circles of Identity
(William Miles, Northeastern University)

The Influence of Sephardi Emigres on Religious Developments in West Africa 1500-1900
(Tudor Parfitt, Florida International University)

It Is Good To Be Jewish: An Exploration Of Social Identity In The Lives Of The Igbo Jews Of Nigeria
(Lior Shragg, Ohio University)

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The Six Day War at 50, Part 1
Discussant: Dr. Michael Sharnoff

The Soviet Military Doctrine influence on the Egyptian Army while preparing for the 1973 Yom Kippur War
(BGen Dani Asher)

The Six-Year War: How Israel’s 1967 Victory Became a Clash with the USSR
(Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez, Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The June 1967 Six-Day War and its Rebound Result – The 1973 War
(Ofer Israeli, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Politics in Practice in Sunni and Shia Islam
Discussant: Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny

Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Honing of Swords in the Clash of Theocratic Civilizations
(Ronen A. Cohen, Ariel University)

Fading Anti-systemicness: Tawhidi Islamists in Turkey
(Feriha Perekli, University of Maryland Baltimore College)

Secularism: Conventional or Contextual?  Theory and Practice of Religious Politics in Iran and Turkey
(Ebrahim K. Soltani, Eastern Michigan University)

The Making of Jihadi Subculture in Turkey: Enculturation in Salafi Publications in Turkish
(Reyhan Topal, Bilkent University and Omer Topal, Binghamton University)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Strategies and Armies of the Sasanian Iran and Rome
Discussant: Prof. Ilkka Syvanne

A Synopsis of Sassanian Military Organization and Combat Units
(Kaveh Farrokh, University of British Columbia)

Nation and Empire Building the Iranian Way: The Case of the Sasanian Empire in the Third Century
(Ilkka Syvanne, University of Haifa)

Procopius, Soldiers, and Strategy on the Southeastern Frontier in the Age of Justinian
(Conor Whately, University of Winnipeg)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Systems of Control and Surveillance in Africa, from Colonial to Contemporary
Discussant: Prof. Jochen Arndt

Jim Crow Kenya: Sir Charles Eliot and the ‘Negro Question’ from the American South to British East Africa, 1899-1904
(Gary Darden, Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Managing the Child Soldier Challenge in Contemporary Conflicts
(David Rosen, Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Wireless Empire: Movement, Surveillance, and Control in the Herero and Nama Wars
(Robert Houle and Richard Nisa, Fairleigh Dickinson University)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Mormonism in Africa and the Middle East: Imaginaries and Engagements
Discussant: Prof. Nathan Devir

Their Story Is Our Story: Mormonism, Giving, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis
(Hayley Smith, Lifting Hands International)

“From the Catecombs of Egypt”: Latter-day Saint Engagement with Ancient Egypt and the Evolution of Religious Identity
(Stephen Smoot, University of Toronto)

White Shirt Empire: Rebecca Mould, Anthony Obinna, and the Expansion of Mormonism in Ghana and Nigeria, 1964-1979
(Russell Stevenson, Michigan State University)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Women’s Rights, Feminism, and Marriage
Discussant: Dr. Caren Frost

Amazigh (Berber) Feminism: The Difficulties and Paradoxes of Being an Amazigh and a Feminist in Algeria Today
(Fazia Aitel, Claremont McKenna College)

Rethinking the Role of Ontology in Mutʿa, Temporary Marriage
(Roshan Iqbal, Agnes Scott College)

What Difference Can It Make? Assessing the Impact of Gender Equality and Empowerment in matters of Inheritance in Egypt
(Yasmin Khodary, The British University in Egypt)

Paying My Own Bridewealth: Negotiations for Formal Marriage in Kibera, Kenya
(E. Ashley Wilson, Washington University in Saint Louis)

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 
The Six Day War at 50, Part 2
Discussant: Mr. Gideon Remez

Israeli Perceptions of the Relations with the International Committee of the Red Cross Between the 1967 War Ceasefire and the Outbreak of the 1973 War: From Coexistence to Open Hostility
(Alexander Bligh, Ministry of Science, Israel and Ariel University)

Israeli POWs & MIAs: A Never Ending Saga
(Adi Frimark, Bar-Ilan University)

Eliminating the Consequences of Aggression: Egypt’s Strategy after the 1967 War
(Michael Sharnoff, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security)

On-Again, Off-Again: The Johnson Administration’s Approach to Nasser After the (June 1967) Six-Day War
(Gabriel Glickman, formerly King’s College London)


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Radicals, Brothers, and Failures
Discussant: Dr. Mark T. Clark

Birds of A Feather? Leadership Patterns and the Lethality of Main Terrorist Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa
(Sercan Canbolat, University of Connecticut)

Who Is the True Radical? Pandering to/Placating Radicals as Common Political Strategies in the Middle East
(Or Honig, Duke University)

The Failure of the Syrian Opposition 2011-2017: What Went Wrong?
(Joel Parker, Tel Aviv University)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Revolution: How Twentieth Century Sunni Reformers Accidentally Broke the Middle East
(Jonathan Pidluzny, Morehead State University)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Unpredictability of the (Undeclared) Trump Doctrine: What Does it Mean for the MENA Region and Turkey
Discussant: Prof. Nursin Guney

Turkey and the Gulf Countries: The New Economic Strategy
(Sedat Aybar, Istanbul Aydın University)

Can Trump’s Newly Introduced Unpredictability in American Deterrence be a Chance of Initiating a New Round of Arms Control in the Middle East?
(Nursin Guney, BAU Cyprus University)

What Trump Era Means for the Traditional US Allies in the Middle East: Thinking About Turkey and Israel
(Visne Korkmaz, BAU Cyprus University)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Lebanon: Identity and Faith
Discussant: Dr. Hilla Peled-Shapira

Battling Extremism with the Qur’ān – New Pluralist Qur’ān Hermeneutics in Lebanon
(Rahel Fischbach, James Madison University)

Dual Identity in Lebanon: Consequences for Sectarian Protest Participation
(Brandon Ives, University of Maryland, College Park)

Lebanonism and the Lebanese Identity: Lebanese Intellectuals and Their Struggle to Shape the Lebanese Identity Following the Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon 2005-2015
(Yael Keinan-Cohen, Bar-Ilan University)

A Man for Others; The Lives and Times of Lebanese Jesuit Henri Lammens
(Franck Salameh, Boston College)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Discussant: Dr. Douglas Streusand

Currency Manipulation as a Weapon in Armed Conflict: Eisenhower’s Targeting of the British Currency During the Suez Crisis of 1956
(Ricardo Crespo, University of California at Riverside)

The Origins of French Counterinsurgency:  The Conquest of Algeria 1830-1847
(William Dean, Air Command and Staff College)

The 1975 Congressional Feasibility Study on “Oil Fields as Military Objectives”: U.S.-Saudi Arabian Relations and the Repercussions of the 1973 Oil Crisis
(Samuel Willner, University of Haifa)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Progress and Problems in Post-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa
Discussant: Dr. Robin Hardy

Assessing Democracy in sub-Saharan Africa: The Challenges of Collective Action
(George Keteku, State University of New York)

The Historical Contextualization and Ethnic Identity of Bakongo People: Case of ABAKO, BDK, BDM
(Kwang-Su Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

A Complexity Science Approach to Cameroon’s Security Paradox: Secure or Insecure and Why?
(Manu Lekunze, Coventry University)

From Nationalist Rebellion to Pan-African Liberation: A Theory of the Apartheid Endgame in South Africa
(Noel Twagiramungu, University of Massachusetts Lowell)

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Geopolitical Entanglements and Alliances in the Regions
Discussant: Dr. Larry Simpson

The Muslim Middle East and Northeast Africa: The Interaction of Geopolitics, Economic Interests and Regional Rivalry
(Michael B. Bishku, Augusta University)

An Empirical Assessment of U.S. Security Assistance Programs on Political Stability in MENA
(Steven Childs, California State University, San Bernardino)

One Continent, Multiple Paths: Explaining Divergence in Political Development across North and Sub-Saharan Africa since the Arab Spring
(Nadia Horning and Sebnem Gumuscu, Middlebury College)

Assessing Russia’s Middle East Policy after the Arab Spring: Prospects and Limitations
(Alexey Khlebnikov, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Salafi Trends in the Middle East and Africa
Discussant: Dr. Christopher Bailey

The Salafist Threat in the Maghreb
(Darlene S. Almont, National Intelligence University)

The Salafist Threat to Kenya
(Christopher E. Bailey, National Intelligence University)

The Terrorist Threat to Tunisia
(Kristy L. Hedrick, National Intelligence University)

The Salafist Threat to Jordan and Saudi Arabia
(Vangala S. Ram, National Intelligence University)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Terror and Reconciliation in the Middle East
Discussant: COL Norvell DeAtkine

The Best Terrorist for the Job: Selection Motivations in State Sponsorship of Terrorism
(Jeremy Berkowitz, Binghamton University)

From Fedayeen to Jihadists: Islamization of the Palestinian Armed Struggle in Lebanon
(Elie Elias, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik)

The Case for Arab-Israeli Normalization During Conflict
(Gadi Hitman, Ariel University)

The Way Israel is Displayed in Intra-Palestinian Discourse after Oslo: A Partner for Peace or War?
(Wassim Younis, Bar-Ilan University)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Selected Topics on the Middle East
Discussant: Dr. Joseph Skelly

Anti-Zionism, Jus Cogens, and International Law: The Case of the Banjul Charter and Arab Charter 
(Robert Barnidge, Chaminade College Preparatory School)

Ethnic Minorities in Democratizing Muslim Countries: Turkey and Indonesia 
(Maurizio Geri, Old Dominion University)

Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Jordan
(Natalia A. Hapek, University of Warsaw)

The Application of Sharia in the Greek Region of Thrace: Protecting the Religious Freedom of the Muslim Minority or Violating Human Rights?
(Eirini Kakoulidou, University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
East Africa: The Politics of Water and Security
Discussant: Dr. Noel Twagiramungu

Kenya’s Water Governance: Comparing the 2002 and 2016 Water Acts and Legislative Impact On-the-Ground in Siaya County
(Ornit Avidar, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Regime Policing and the Stifling of the Human Rights Agenda: Late Colonial and Post-Colonial Malawi, 1948-Present
(Paul Chiudza Banda, West Virginia University)

“Partisan Politics is Making People Angry”: The Rise and Fall of Political Salafism in Kenya
(Sebastian Elischer, University of Florida)

Ethiopia’s “Grand Renaissance Dam” a Symbol of Cooperation or a Source of Conflict 
(Shaul Shay, Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Coptic-Muslim Relations in Modern and Contemporary Egypt
Discussant: Dr. Ahmed Zohny

“For the battle is not yours but for the Lord”: Dilemmas within the Medieval Coptic Community in an “Age” of Mass Conversion to Islam
(Myriam Wissa, University of London)

Through Coptic Eyes: Christian-Muslim Relations in Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Egypt
(Max Guirguis, Shepherd University)

Muslim Attitudes Toward the Coptic Issue as a Reflection of the Struggle over Egypt’s Identity
(Bosmat Yefet, Ariel University)

The Copts and the Muslims During and After the Revolution of 25th January 2011
(Sherin El Gendi, Ain Shams University)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Politicking North African Style
Discussant: Dr. Edward Lynch

Why Do Authoritarian Leaders Adopt Gender Quota Laws? Electoral Manipulation as a Survival Strategy
(Yuree Noh, University of California, Los Angeles)

Voting Islamist or Voting Secular? An Empirical Analysis of Election Outcomes in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition 2011-2014
(Sapandeep Singh Maini-Thompson, London School of Economics)

12:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Evolutionary Nature of Salafism
Discussant: Prof. Darlene Almont

Traditional Salafism in Morocco:  Fundamental Contentions and Paradoxical Mutations
(Anouar Boukhars, McDaniel College)

Here and Now vs. Here and Then: The Islamist Conception of Time and History
(Ian Oxnevad, University of California at Riverside)

Leadership Crisis in Islam: Towards New Model to Counter-terrorism
(Mohamed Rhaihat, Ecole des Ponts Business School Paris)

Whither Salafism in Morocco?
(Sherifa Zuhur, Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Iraq: Trends that Divide and Conquer
Discussant: Dr. Amatzia Baram

The Iran-Iraq War: Lessons Unlearned
(Norvell DeAtkine, Wikistrat)

Turnout in Transitional Elections: Who Votes in Iraq?
(Ahmed Ezzeldin, Columbia University)

Frenemies for Life: Insurgent Alliance Formation in Baghdad, 2004-2008
(Kevin Petit, George Washington University)

The Growth of Anti-Semitism in Iraq
(Jesse Weinberg, University of Oklahoma)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Divergent Approaches in the GCC

The Stumbling Democracy – Case Studying Kuwait
(Khaled Aboudahham, University of Connecticut)

Public Policy and the Future in Qaboos’ Oman: Lessons from Spain
(Edward Lynch, Hollins University)

The Belt and Road Initiatives and China-GCC Relations
(Xuming Qian, Shanghai International Studies University)

R2P in the Gulf: Saudi Manipulation of the Humanitarian Intervention Norm Since 2011
(Caroline F. Tynan, Temple University)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Africa and the Agendas of Foreign Powers
Discussant: Dr. William Dean

Fighting Jihadism: Explaining African States’ Motivation in Requesting Foreign Combat Assistance
(Olajumoke Ayandele, Rutgers University)

The Future of Militant Islam in the Western Sahel
(Robin Hardy, Montana State University)

Foreign Aid towards Africa through: Faith-based Organizations: The Case of Turkey
(Yunus Turhan, Middle East Technical University)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Foreign Involvements in Modern and Contemporary Afghanistan
Discussant: Mr. Brad Hanson

The U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan After 2001: “The Wrong Enemy”
Argument Considered
(Joseph Arlinghaus, U.S. Army [retired])

Stability and Reconstruction in Afghanistan
(Stephen Fischer, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

Deliberating the Afghanistan Problem, 1978-79: Geopolitical Context and Brzezinski’s Guiding Hand
(Andrew Kurt, Clayton State University)

The First Steps of “Nation Building” in Afghanistan: The Bonn Conference and Emergency Loya Jirga
(Mark Luce, United States Army)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Topics on the Middle East
Discussant: Dr. Robert Barnidge, Jr.

Minority Rule in the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis of Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain
(Miaad Hassan, University of Florida)

ISIS, Blood Antiquities, and the International Fight against Terrorism Financing
(Costanza Musu, University of Ottawa)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
From Clinics to Camps: Researching Patient-Centered Care in Morocco and Uganda
Discussant: Dr. Nathan Devir

Survival is Not Enough: The Feminist Imperative for Respectful Maternity Care in Morocco
(Jami Baayd, University of Utah)

Developing a Patient-centered Care Model in Morocco for Individuals with Neurological Issues: Findings from a Needs Assessment
(Caren Frost, University of Utah)

Global Cultural and Public Health Challenges: The Impact of Conflict on Healthcare in the Rhino Camp Refugee Settlements in Uganda
(Robert Kagabo, University of Utah)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Islam: Reformers and their Opponents
Discussant: Dr. Max Guirguis

New Media and Islamic Reformism: Is it Really a Reform?
(Syeda Beena Butool, Florida State University)

Reforming Islam Today: Between the Constraint of Censorship and the Pressure of Political Correctness
(Anouar El Younssi, Virginia Military Institute)

New Media and Religious Authority
(Emad Hamdeh, Embry Riddle University)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Purposeful Spectacles: Museums, Monuments and Celebrations in Iran and Iraq
Discussant: Dr. Eliot Assoudeh

The Origin and Characteristics of the Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday Celebration in Erbil during the Attabeg Period
(Farah Al-Hashimi, Nottingham Trent University)

The Rejection and Embrace of Saddam’s Bride of Mendili Monument
(Zainab Dawood, University of Cincinnati)

Tehran’s Holy Defense Museum: “War Time” as Exhibitionary Complex and Power Machinery
(Mahshid Zandi, University of Toronto)

A Moral City: Mirage or Reality?
(Ladan Zarabadi, University of Cincinnati)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
African Future: New Leadership, The Challenges, and Prospects for Development
Discussant: Dr. Carmen Walker

Nigeria (1960-2017): Democracy, Leadership and Future Challenges
(Benjamin O. Arah, Bowie State University)

Redeeming the Ideology of Slavery in Northern Nigeria: Boko Haram and the Quest for the ‘Servile Estates
(Abdulbasit Kassim, Rice University)

The Unacknowledged African Nationalist Leader: I. T. A. Wallace-Johnson of Sierra Leone
(William B. Lewis, Bowie State University)

The African Political Leadership: The Persistent Challenges
(Ifunanya Nwokedi)