Dr. Ali Riaz

Islamist Politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan: How Will It Function After US Withdrawal?

Dr. Ali Riaz, Illinois State University
September 15, 2013

The trajectory of Islamist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan after the ‘withdrawal’ of the US forces in late 2014 is contingent upon domestic developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan on the one hand and regional events and trends on the other. Despite the ‘withdrawal’, a small number of US forces will remain in Afghanistan, and therefore the US ‘presence’, particularly the role the US forces play in supporting the Afghan government, will have a serious impact. This action will have an implication for the Islamists’ discourse both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Emile Nakhleh

Beyond Al-Qa’ida: Different Faces of Political Islam and Why it Matters to Us

Dr. Emile Nakhleh, Consultant and Former Senior CIA Officer
August 25, 2013

The Arab Spring has resulted in the emergence of political Islam on the Arab political scene, especially in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. We also see vestiges of political Islam in Yemen and Bahrain. After Assad, political Islam is expected to play a central role in Syrian politics. Political Islam refers to political organizations that pursue a political and social agenda in accordance with their interpretation of their faith. A key challenge for the US is whether Islamic parties would hijack the democratic process and marginalize the liberal secular segments of the population, which led the revolution in the first place.

Dr. Ali Banuazizi

Why Did the Protest Movements Fail in Iran and Succeed in the Arab Spring?

Lecture date: May 3, 2013

Dr. Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
The 2011 revolutions in the Arab world and the popular uprising in Iran following a hotly contested presidential election in June of 2009 had many common features, but dramatically different outcomes. While in the Arab world, the outcome was the collapse of the incumbent autocratic regimes followed by long, drawn-out struggles to create more democratic and accountable alternatives in their place, in Iran the so-called Green Movement failed to achieve any of its goals and was brutally suppressed.

Nivien Saleh

The Revolution Continues: Egypt’s Activists and their Struggle for Bread, Freedom and Social Justice

April 19, 2013 Dr. Nivien Saleh, Thunderbird School of Global Management When Egypt’s population rose up in January 2011, pundits and some academics quickly determined that Twitter and Facebook had liberated the people from dictatorship. With two years hindsight, how…

German Economic Model: Myths, Realities and Transferability

March 22, 2013 – Karl-Matthias Klause Embassy of Germany in U.S. The German economic model as developed since World War II has not only provided unparalleled prosperity and security for German and European Union citizens. It has also done so…

Adam Garfinkle

Public Anxiety, Protest and Political Violence in 21st Century America

March 8, 2013 Dr. Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest Magazine Three discrete sources of trouble–the shocks of globalization and automation, political institutional dysfunction and plutocratic parasitism–have combined to plunge the American future into doubt. Public reactions to accumulating signs of…

Penelope Boston

The Global Cave Wilderness: Our Underground World Heritage

Dr. Penelope Boston, New Mexico Tech The international community of cave explorers, scientists, and conservationists are working diligently to protect and understand the amazing hidden wildland treasures that are out of site underneath our feet. These amazing environments can be…

Marina Oborotova

New Protest Movement in Russia (2011-2013): A Tempest in a Teapot, a Light at the End of the Tunnel, or a Sleeping Volcano?

Dr. Marina Oborotova Center for International Studies – Albuquerque International Association 2012 Presidential and 2011 parliamentary elections in Russia were accompanied by unprecedented demonstrations and disturbances. They ushered the beginning of a new wave of political protest in Russia. Young…

Scott Palmer

Peru: A Land of Remarkable Diversity and a Spectacular History

Dr. David Scott Palmer, Boston University Peru is an extraordinary country in so many ways, from a geography with more climactic zones than most countries of the world, to indigenous traditions of multiple cultures culminating in the Inca Empire, to…

Dru Gladney

An Arab Spring in Beijing? Islam, the Middle East and China

Dr. Dru Gladney, Pomona College In this wide ranging talk Dr. Gladney will examine China’s complex and important relationship with the Middle East and the Muslim world following the “Arab Spring.” Will China ever experience such tumult? How will China’s…