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The Egyptian Revolution Working Group (ERWG)

IMES@AU is hosting the Egyptian Revolution Working Group (ERWG) for the Academic year 2014-2015. ERWG is a group of Washington DC-based scholars and advanced graduate student who share their research as it relates to the ongoing Egyptian revolution. The goal of ERWG is to support scholarship on the ongoing Egyptian revolution against the background of social theories of political change. By convening DC scholars across a range of disciplines, seeking to better understand the social and cultural processes at work in the Egyptian revolution.
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Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship



The School of Public Affairs at American University, under the auspices of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is offering support for visiting social science scholars from Arab universities. Research themes are: participatory governance, urban development, participatory urban planning, local government reform, public service provision, the political problems of mega-cities, asset-based approaches to urban development, urban mobilization, municipal elections, and public space in the Middle East and North Africa. Visiting scholars will also collaborate with Professor Diane Singerman on a project related to these themes.
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After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East



Dr. Shadi Mokhtari, alumna of the School of International Service, announces the publication of her new book, After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East . After Abu Ghraib explores the intersection of three human rights struggles in the post-9/11 era. The book provides considerable insight into the centrality of human rights in current developments in the Middle East. Dr. Mokhtari is co-winner of the 2010 American Politcal Science Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award.

Kuwait: too much politics, or not enough?

Check out Dr. Kristin Diwan's thought-provoking article on Kuwait on the Foreign Policy blog's Middle East Channel. Click here to read the article.

"Vlogs" Bring Middle Eastern Scholars' Work to Greater Audiences

SPA Associate Professor Diane Singerman pioneers multifaceted, multimedia program to bring diverse perspectives on the Middle East to the public forefront.

AU Student News

SPA doctoral candidate in political science Sarah Fischer explores the politics of the headscarf in Turkey.

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