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IARI | Regional Expertise

The Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, oil governance, political revolutions, gender, youth and culture, the role of religion, democratization, territorial conflict, weak states, nationalism, human rights, and peace processes represent our scholars’ research expertise in the MENA region. From unpacking the conditions that motivate the Arab Spring to exploring causes of militarized conflict across states, our scholars possess a unique and comprehensive understanding of the region.

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Mohammed Abu-Nimer

abunimer@american.edu

MOHAMMED ABU-NIMER

EXPERTISE

  • Conflict resolution and dialogue for peace

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • The application of conflict resolution models in Muslim communities

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Peace-Building By, Between, and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians. (Editor, with David Augsburger.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.

  • Muslim Peace Building Actors in Africa and the Balkans. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. (With Ayse Kadayifci.) (July 2008).

  • Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. (With Amal Khoury and Emily Welty.) USIP, 2007.


Akbar Ahmed

akbar@american.edu

AKBAR AHMED

EXPERTISE

  • Islam

  • Islam in America

  • Mosques

  • Pakistan

  • Afghanistan

  • South Asia

  • Anthropology

  • Comparative and regional studies

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Knowledge: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall, co-author Amineh Hoti (under preparation)

  • The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became A Global War On Tribal Islam, Brookings Press: Washington DC.

  • The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies, co-edited with Tamara Sonn, Sage Publications Ltd: London.


Boaz Atzili

atzili@american.edu

BOAZ ATZILI

EXPERTISE

  • International security

  • Territorial conflicts & border politics

  • Military doctrine

  • Weak & failing states

  • Middle East

  • South and East Asia

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, January 2012).

  • “Triadic Deterrence: Coercing Strength, Beaten by Weakness,” Security Studies, forthcoming (co-authored with Wendy Pearlman).

  • "State Weakness and Vacuum of Power' in Lebanon," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33, No. 8 (August 2010): 757-782.


Benjamin Jensen

jensen@american.edu

BENJAMIN JENSEN

EXPERTISE

  • International security

  • Historical sociology

  • International relations theory

  • Conflict analysis and resolution

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Network Bandits: Understanding Recruitment Networks in Contemporary Counterinsurgency Operations” American Intelligence Journal 25(2): 73-84 (Winter 2007/2008)

  • “Demilitarizing Demographics: U.S. Policy Options for Strengthening Georgian Internal Security” Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement 12(1):51-90 (Spring 2004)

  • “Non-violence as a Methodology of Social Change in Islam” (published in Italian: La Nonviolenza Come Metodologia Del Cambiamento Sociale Dell'islam), Satyagraha 5: 101-131 (2004); co-authored with Abdul Aziz Said


Abdul Aziz Said

asaid@american.edu

ABDUL AZIZ SAID

EXPERTISE

  • Nonviolence

  • Human rights

  • Political pluralism

  • Cultural diversity

  • Ecological balance

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Islam and Peacemaking," (co-authored with Sheherazade Jafari), in Peacemaking: A Comprehensive Theory and Practice Reference, Praeger Security International, Forthcoming.

  • "Toward a Global Community: Sufism and World Order," (co-authored with Nathan Funk) Religious Studies and Theology, September 2010, 29.1.

  • "Localizing Peace: An Agenda for Sustainable Peacemaking," (co-authored with Nathan Funk), Peace and Conflict Studies, Spring 2010, 17.1.


Loubna Skalli-Hanna

hanna@american.edu

LOUBNA SKALLI-HANNA

EXPERTISE

  • Development

  • Communications and culture

  • Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Young Women and Social Media Against Sexual Harassment in North Africa”, Journal of North African Studies, Volume 18(5), December 2013.

  • “Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Spaces, Identities and Power”, Journal of Culture and Communication in the Middle East, Issue 6, 1. 2013.

  • “Online-Offline Magazines for Muslim Women”, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, Oxford University Press, 2013.


Anthony Wanis-St John

wanis@american.edu

ANTHONY WANIS-ST. JOHN

EXPERTISE

  • International negotiation

  • Military negotiations

  • Ceasefires

  • Humanitarian negotiations

  • Peace processes

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "International Conflict Resolution: 'From Practice to Knowledge and Back Again," in Deutsch, Coleman and Marcus, eds. Handbook of Conflict Resolution, 3rd ed., forthcoming 2014 (with Suzanne Ghais)

  • "Indigenous Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, 2013)

  • "Impediments to trade across the Green Line in Cyprus: The role of classic barriers and trust," with Omer Gokcekus, Dennis Nottebaum and Jessica Henson, Journal of Peace Research vol. 49, no. 6 (November 2012)


Guy Ziv

ziv@american.edu

GUY ZIV

EXPERTISE

  • Foreign-policy decision-making

  • Influence of think tanks in U.S. foreign policy

  • Role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Simple vs. Complex Learning Revisited: Israeli Prime Ministers and the Question of a Palestinian State," Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 2 (April 2013): 203-222.

  • "Cognitive Structure and Foreign Policy Change: Israel's Decision to Talk to the PLO," International Relations, Vol. 25, No. 4 (December 2011): 426-454.

  • Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy, Revised First Edition (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2011).