184 episodes

Discussing news and innovations in the Middle East.

POMEPS Middle East Political Science Podcast Marc Lynch

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    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

Discussing news and innovations in the Middle East.

    States of Subsistence & the Politics of Bread in Egypt (S. 11, Ep. 33)

    States of Subsistence & the Politics of Bread in Egypt (S. 11, Ep. 33)

    José Ciro Martínez of the University of Cambridge joins Marc Lynch on this week's podcast to discuss his new book, States of Subsistence: The Politics of Bread in Contemporary Jordan. The book argues that the state is best understood as the product of routine practices and actions, through which it becomes a stable truth in the lives of citizens. (Starts at 0:57). Jessica Barnes of the University of South Carolina and author of Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt discusses the politics of bread in Egypt (Starts at 31:21). 



    Music for this season's podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir's work on his YouTube Channel.

    • 48 min
    Seventh Member State, Lebanese Elections, Succession of Mohamed bin Zayed (S. 11, Ep. 32)

    Seventh Member State, Lebanese Elections, Succession of Mohamed bin Zayed (S. 11, Ep. 32)

    Megan Brown of Swarthmore College joins Marc Lynch on this week's podcast to discuss her new book, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community. The book combats understandings of Europe’s “natural” borders by emphasizing the extracontinental contours of the early union. The unification vision was never spatially limited, suggesting that contemporary arguments for geographic boundaries excluding Turkey and areas of Eastern Europe from the European Union must be seen as ahistorical. (Starts at 0:44). Sami Atallah of The Policy Initiative and Christiana Parreira of Princeton University discuss the results of recent elections in Lebanon (Starts at 33:27). Cinzia Bianco of the European Council on Foreign Relations discusses the succession of Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the United Arab Emirates. (Starts at 53:31).

    Music for this season's podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir's work on his YouTube Channel.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Transitional Justice in Process & Environmental Politics in the MENA(S. 11, Ep. 31)

    Transitional Justice in Process & Environmental Politics in the MENA(S. 11, Ep. 31)

    On this week's episode of the podcast, Jeannie Sowers of University of New Hampshire joins Marc Lynch to discuss POMEPS's newest publication, POMEPS Studies 46:Environmental Politics in the Middle East and North Africa. (Starts at 0:36). Mariam Salehi of Freie University Berlin discusses her new book, Transitional justice in process: Plans and politics in Tunisia. The book discusses the development and design of the transitional justice mandate, and looks at the performance of transitional justice institutions in practice. It examines the role of international justice professionals in different stages of the process, as well as the alliances and frictions between different actor groups that cut across the often-assumed local-international divide. (Starts at 32:24).









    Music for this season's podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir's work on his YouTube Channel.

    • 1 hr
    Contested Legitimacies, Digital Authoritarianism, Century International (S. 11, Ep. 30)

    Contested Legitimacies, Digital Authoritarianism, Century International (S. 11, Ep. 30)

    Jannis Julien Grimm of the Freie University of Berlin joins Marc Lynch on this week's podcast to discuss his new book, Contested Legitimacies: Repression and Revolt in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. The book explores this resilience of contentious politics through a multimethod approach that is attuned to the physical and discursive interactions among key players in Egypt’s protest arena. (Starts at 0:46). Marwa Fatafta of Access Now discusses digital authoritarianism, content moderation, and the potential impact of Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. (Starts at 33:13). Thanassis Cambanis of Century International discusses their new project on citizenship, armed groups, and comparing the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. (Starts at 48:22).

    Music for this season's podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir's work on his YouTube Channel.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Protesting Jordan, Climate Change in the Gulf, and Social Development in Iran (S. 11, Ep. 29)

    Protesting Jordan, Climate Change in the Gulf, and Social Development in Iran (S. 11, Ep. 29)

    Jillian Schwedler of Hunter College joins Marc Lynch on this week's podcast to discuss her new book, Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent. In the book, Schwedler examines protests as they are situated in the built environment, bringing together considerations of networks, spatial imaginaries, space and place-making, and political geographies at local, national, regional, and global scales. (Starts at 0:31). Deen Sharp of the London School of Economics discusses climate change in the Gulf, and references his report, "The Quiet Emergency: Experiences and Understandings of Climate Change in Kuwait." (Starts at 31:41). Ali Kadivar of Boston College discusses his new article, "Social Development and Revolution in Iran." (Starts at 47:53).

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Last Ottoman Generation, Why Women Support Conservative, ME Scholar Barometer (S. 11, Ep. 28)

    Last Ottoman Generation, Why Women Support Conservative, ME Scholar Barometer (S. 11, Ep. 28)

    Michael Provence of University of California San Diego joins Marc Lynch on this week's podcast to discuss his new book, The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East. In the book, Provence examines the collapse of the Ottoman empire through popular political movements and the experience of colonial rule. (Starts at 0:39). Gamze Cavdar of Colorado State University discusses her article, "Why Women Support Conservative Parties: The Case of Turkey" published in Political Science Quarterly. (Starts at 32:13). Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland discusses our joint project on the Middle East Scholar Barometer. (Starts at 46:33).

    Music for this season's podcast was created by Bashir Saade (playing Ney) and Farah Kaddour (on Buzuq). You can find more of Bashir's work on his YouTube Channel.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

dalexgray ,

Keeping up with MENA scholarship made easy

I took IR in the Middle East from Dr. Lynch as a master’s student. When analyzing events in the region, his class is the one I think back to the most. This podcast is fantastic because I keep receiving his insights into the region through the curated scholarship presented.

WinstonDA ,

Excellent source

For those looking beyond headlines about news in the Middle East, this podcast is a must. These conversations provide excellent analysis and astute context to the challenges and opportunities facing the region, and those who study it, today.

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