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K-State Today

May 3, 2016

Schedule for After the Uprisings: Public Opinion, Gender and Conflict in the Middle East conference May 5

Submitted by Allison Kuehne

Sabri Ciftci, political science professor and Michael W. Suleiman chair, and the political science department are hosting a workshop, After the Uprisings: Public Opinion, Gender and Conflict in the Middle East, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. The conference is open to the public.

The conference will include three panels: Gender and Politics in the Middle East, Neighbors of Syria, and Violence, Democracy, and Public Opinion in the Middle East and North Africa. The department encourages you to attend any or all of the panels to learn more about the complex nature of Middle Eastern culture and politics. 

Schedule of events:

8-8:30 a.m.: Introduction and welcome by Amit Chakrabarti, interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Jeff Pickering, department head; and Sabri Ciftci, Michael W. Suleiman chair.

8:30-10 a.m.: Gender and Politics in the Middle East — Ali Stoyan, Kansas State University, discussant. 

  • Lindsay Benstead, Portland State University, will present "Why Do Islamist Parties Reduce the Gender Gap in Service Provision to Women?"
  • Marwa Shalaby, Rice University Baker Institute, will present"Confronting the Governance Crisis in the MENA Region: Remale Politicians and Corruption in Lebanon."
  • Soumia Bardhan, Kansas State University, will present "Revolutionary Graffiti and Cairene Women: Performing Agency through Gaze Aversion."

10-10:30 a.m.: Coffee break

10:30 to noon: Neighbors of Syria — Andrew Long, Kansas State University, discussant.

  • Mike Wuthrich, University of Kansas, will present "Turkey's Roreign Policy Nightmare — Syria."
  • Mariya Omelicheva, Univeristy of Kansas, will present "Critical Geopolitics on Russian Foreign Policy in MENA."
  • Mohaned al-Hamdi, Kansas State University, will present "Military Spending and Economic Growth in Iraq after the Regime Change: 2004-2014."

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Violence, Democracy, and Public Opinion in the MENA — Sam Bell, Kansas State University, discussant. 

  • Ahmed Khanani, Earlham College, will present "De-Centering the Human: Moroccan Islamism and Rights."
  • Ekrem Karakoc, State University of New York at Binghamton, will present "How Foreign Policies of Other Nations Affect Domestic Policy Attitudes: The Case of Lebanon."
  • Michael Robbins, Princeton University, will present "Passive Support for the Islamic State in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from a Survey Experiment."
  • Steven Brooke, Harvard-Belfer Center, will present "Elite Appeals, Social Expectations, and Sectarian Violence: Expiremental Evidence from Egypt."

This event is sponsored by the Michael W. Suleiman Chair of Arab and Arab-American Studies, political science department, College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Military and Veteran's Affairs, Office of International Programs, and K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering.

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