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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 1) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and ...  Read More »

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Report: The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The World Bank and the UNHCR released a new report entitled The Welfare of Syrian Refugees Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon, co-authored by Paolo Verme, Chiara Gigliarano, Christina Wieser, Kerren Hedlund, Marc Petzoldt, and Marco Santacroce, available for download through the Open Knowledge ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants--Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop: Researching Lebanon

The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) are pleased to announce the first Lebanon-focused Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop, to be held 13-24 June 2016. The program aims to provide a framework for facilitating and advancing rigorous inter-disciplinary doctoral ...  Read More »

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Speaking Truth to Power: A Panel on Academic Freedoms and the War Against Kurds in Turkey (17 February, CUNY Graduate Center, New York)

February 17, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Room C198 (Concourse Level) Reception to follow. Please bring ID to enter the building. More information can be found here. A panel discussion with David Harvey, Nazan Üstündağ, Aslı Iğsız and Kamal Soleimani, moderated by ...  Read More »

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Houston Event--Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon (February 10 @ 6:30pm)

The Arab American Educational Foundation (AAEF) Lecture Series presents: Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon A Lecture by Ziad Abu-Rish Much of the academic literature and popular commentary on Lebanon identifies its history of state building and ...  Read More »

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Letter by American Sociological Association Expressing Concern for Signatories of Academics for Peace Statement in Turkey

  [The following letter was issued by the American Sociological Association on 29 January 2016 regarding ongoing threats to academic freedom in Turkey.] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via Email: We write on ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers--Violence and the Politics of Aesthetics: A Postcolonial Maghreb Without Borders (Abstract Deadline: 15 March 2016)

This special issue explores questions concerning the politics and poetics of literary texts that respond to individual and collective experiences of suffering in the Maghreb and beyond. The greater Maghreb, extending from Egypt to Morocco and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, has been the site of dramatic socio-political ...  Read More »

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Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey

On 27 January 2016, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Politica Science hosted a panel discussion titled “Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey.” This panel was organized by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism ...  Read More »

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC2016 Event (7 February, George Mason University)

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 presents a series of films from Iraq and the Arab and Muslim worlds with follow-up conversations. The films and discussions will explore freedom of expression, restoring identity from destruction/abandonment, and conveying how literature and daily life in Iraq give hope and ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts on the Political Landscape of Today's Sudan: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Khalid Medani

In this Quick Thoughts conversation with Status/الوضع host Bassam Haddad, Khalid Medani provides a near-comprehensive account of Sudan's recent past, its internal and external struggles, and current challenges.  Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Graduate Student Conference on Social and Political Change in MENA (April 8, New York)

Call for Papers Avenues of Social and Political Change:  Five Years of Contention in the Middle East and North Africa  April 8, 2016 The Graduate Center, City University of New York 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City Abstract Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016 Five years after the eruption of mass ...  Read More »

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إطلاق حملة بعنوان «مدينتي ومن حقي البقاء فيها» من أجل دعم قضية المستأجرين في لبنان

  لقد قامت مجموعات متعددة بالعمل سوياً على إطلاق حملة بعنوان «مدينتي ومن حقي البقاء فيها» من أجل دعم قضية المستأجرين وإلغاء قانون الايجارات الصادر في 1 نيسان 2014     تدعوكم الحملة الى أوسع تغطية لإعتصام وتظاهرة المستأجرين غدا الأربعاء، في ٢٧ كانون الثاني الساعة الخامسة بعد الظهر من أمام ثكنة ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: US Media Development Seminar on Palestine (14-25 July 2016, Jerusalem and West Bank)

U.S. Media Development Seminar on Palestine 2016 Media Development Seminar July 14- July 25, 2016 in Jerusalem and the West Bank Application Deadline (Extended): February 5, 2016 Awards Announced: March 11, 2016 The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its second Media Development Seminar ...  Read More »

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Joint Letter by Global Higher Education Networks in Support of Turkey's Higher Education and Research Community

[The following press release was issued by Scholars at Risk on 21 January 2016 to publicize the joint letter endorsed by 20 higher education networks and associations regarding concerns over widespread pressures on members of Turkey's higher education and research community.] Press Release: Global Higher Education ...  Read More »

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Letter by American Political Science Association Regarding Academic Freedom in Turkey

[The following letter was issued by the American Politica Science Association on 18 January 2016 regarding recent infringments on academic freedom in Turkey] Letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding academic freedom in Turkey January 18, 2016 H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan President of the Republic of ...  Read More »

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Letter by American Anthropological Association Regarding Repression of Academics in Turkey

[The folllowing letter was issued by the American Anthropological Assosication on 17 January 2016 in regards to the ongoing repression of academics in Turkey] January 17, 2016 Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Action by Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by Women's Freedom Assembly (KÖM) on 18 January 2016 as a call for international women's solidarity in regards to the ongoing war in the Kurdish region and growing repression of dissent in Turkey.] To Women’s Organizations: Urgent Call for Action Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is ...  Read More »

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Statement of Concern by Professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History Regarding Diminishing Academic Freedoms in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by a group of scholars of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History on 20 January 2016 in regards to concerns over academic freedoms and freedom of expression in Turkey.] Statement For Academic Freedom In Turkey Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey We, ...  Read More »

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Text of Alleged Contract between Russian and Syrian Governments

[The following is an English translation made available by the Washington Post on 15 January 2016 of a Russian-language document the newspaper claims was posted on a Russian government website. According to the Washington Post, the document "details the terms of its [Russian] ariel support for Syrian President ...  Read More »

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Conference--The Arab Revolutions: Five Years On The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects (Beirut, 21-23 January 2016)

Click here to download the below program as a single PDF document.     Read More »

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Urgent Call for Action by Middle East Studies Association on Behalf of Turkish Colleagues

The Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) calls on MESA members to respond to an unprecedented assault on academics and academic freedom in Turkey. Last week a group of  1128 Turkish scholars (together with over 355 academics outside of Turkey) signed a petition for peace in ...  Read More »

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Conference--After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions (Santa Barbara, 22-26 January 2016)

After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions January 22-26, 2016 Pollock Theater, McCune Room University of California Santa Barbara Conference Website: Conference Hashtag: #aftertahrir This four-day research collaboration workshop will take place at UC ...  Read More »

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Letter to Turkish PM Davutoglu Concerning Turkish Higher Education Council's Condemnation of Scholars for Signing Peace Petition

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 14 January 2016.] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Via facsimile +90 312 417 0476; +90 312 403 62 82; + 90 312 422 26 67 Dear Prime Minister ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Doctors Without Borders on Siege and Starvation in Madaya

[The following press release on the seige of Madaya, Syria was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 7 January 2016 and updated on 8 January 2016] Syria: Seige and Starvation in Madaya 8 January Update: The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Conference and Special Issue on Communication and Conflict in Syria and Iraq

Conference and Special Issue  Call for Papers   Title: Communication and Conflict: Syria and Iraq Organized by: Centre for Media Studies, SOAS Conference Venue: Khalili Lecture Room, SOAS Date: 7 May 2016 One of the most popular topics in public discourse and research today is the role of media in ...  Read More »

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Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr

[The following resource was published by Americans for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain on 29 December 2015. Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading opposition figure who was the Saudi regime executed on 2 January 2016 along with forty-six other detainees.] Since arresting leading Shia cleric Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr ...  Read More »

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Petition Protesting Comments Made by Celal Sengor Concerning Torture and the 1980 Coup in Turkey

[The following petition was issued in December 2015 in the aftermath and in opposition to comments made by Celal Sengor in an interview.] Dear members of the Committee on Human Rights of the NAS, NAE, and NAM, We are writing to bring to your attention the deplorable remarks made recently by Celal Sengor, a Turkish ...  Read More »

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Statement on the Freedom Fighter and Liberated Prisoner Omar Nayef Zayed

[The following statement (in English and Arabic, below) by the Campaign in Solidarity with the Struggler Omar Nayef Zayed, was issued by Palestinian organizers inside and outside occupied Palestine, demanding the freedom of, and an end to extradition proceedings against, Omar Nayef Zayed, a Palestinian community ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action from the Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities

[The following call for action was issued by Giiltan Kianak on behlaf of the Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities.] Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municialities Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action  In the course of armed conflict that restarted in the Kurdish region of Turkey after ...  Read More »

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Al Jazeera Censors English-Language Article Critical of Saudi Regime

On 3 December 2015, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) published an article by US-based civil rights attorney and analyst Arjun Sethi. Entitled "Saudi Arabia Uses Terrorism as An Excuse for Human Rights Abuses," the article drew on a range of reports by international human rights organizations about the Saudi ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update

A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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