December 2016

In This Edition

• Message from President Mark T. Clark, Ph.D.
• WRAP UP: Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference
• SAVE THE DATE: Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference
• Book Note Reviews
• Featured News by ASMEA Members
• Member Updates
• Announcements of Interest
• ASMEA Job Bank


Dear Friends:

Thank you to all those who helped make the Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference held in October another successful event. From our opening reception to the keynote address by Prof. Martin Kramer, and the many panels and roundtables, the conference was a collective effort that demonstrated the strength of the Association and the commitment of the participants to enlightened debate. If you haven’t already done so you can review conference photos and the full list of presenters and their papers at your convenience. 

Also, I’d like to salute our “Best Paper” prize winners: Dr. Bosmat Yefet (Ariel University - "Authoritarianism, Jihadist Ideology, and Renewal of the Religious Discourse in Egypt"); Dr. Robert Houle (Fairleigh Dickinson University - "From Christian Brother to Native: Claiming and Rejecting Christianity, Commerce, and Civilization in Early Twentieth Century Natal"), and; Mr. Eoghan Stafford (University of California, Los Angeles - "Stop the Presses: The Rise and Fall of Media Reform in Ben Ali’s Tunisia"). With so many outstanding papers to choose from it is never an easy task to pick winners but these three papers stood out as exemplary.

Please “Save the Date” for our Tenth Annual Conference taking place on October 19 – 21, 2017 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.  A "Call for Papers" and information about grants will be released shortly.

Finally, as the time of year for giving is upon us, I hope you will consider ASMEA when making your charitable donations. Your support is invaluable. Your tax-deductible gifts help us continue our efforts to defend academic freedom and sustain a marketplace for scholarly discourse. 

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, 


Mark T. Clark, Ph.D.
President, ASMEA
Professor of Political Science
Director, National Security Studies Program, California State University, San Bernardino

WRAP UP: Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference
Taking the Long View: Assessing Change in the Middle East and Africa
October 27-29, 2016
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

SEE the SCHEDULE, the list of PAPER TITLES, ABSTRACTS, and BIOS, VIEW PHOTOS, and WATCH the KEYNOTE ADDRESS as well as the full list of Research and Travel Grant RECIPIENTS and the AWARDS for "Best Paper."


SAVE THE DATE: Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference
The Middle East and Africa: Assessing the Regions Ten Years On
October 19-21, 2017
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.


ASMEA Book Note Reviews

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins
By Johannes J. G. Jansen
(New York: RVP Press, reprint 2013) 270 pp.
Reviewed by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Colonel (USA, ret.)

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant
By Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (editors)
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 384 pp.
Reviewed by Mr. Carl Yonker, Junior Research Fellow & Ph.D. Candidate, Moshe Dayan Center-Tel Aviv University

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security
By Peter Dombrowski and Andrew C. Winner, Editors
(Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014) 232 pp.
Reviewed by Dr. Kevin E. Grimm, Assistant Professor of History, Regent University

Women in the Islamic World from Earliest Times to the Arab Spring
By Irene Schneider (translation by Steven Rendall)
(Markus Wiener Publishers Princeton, 2014) 279 pp.
Reviewed by Miyase Yavuz, Ph.D. Candidate, SOAS, University of London

Upheavals in the Middle East: The Theory and Practice of a Revolution
By Ronen A. Cohen
(Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014) 318 pp.
Reviewed by Gianni Del Panta, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy
By Jean-Pierre Filiu
(Oxford University Press, New York, 2015) 311 pp.
Reviewed by Z. Asli Elitsoy, Ph.D. Student, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Egypt and the Second Palestinian Intifada: Policymaking with Multifaceted Commitments
By Rami Ginat and Meir Noema
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2011) 149 pp.
Reviewed by: Dr. Jacob Tovy, Independent Researcher

A Political Economy of the Middle East, Fourth Edition
By Melani Cammett, Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury
(Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2015) 596 pp.
Reviewed by: Natalie Ghosn, Esq., Ph.D. Student International Studies, University of Miami

Would you like to receive free books and write reviews on recently released Middle Eastern and African studies publications?  If you are interested in participating in the ASMEA Book Notes program, email for writing requirements and a list of available titles.

Featured News by ASMEA Members

Ms. Michelle DeFreese, "Few Solutions to Gabon's Election Dispute," The Huffington Post, (12/19/2016)
Dr. Farhad Rezaei, "Is Trump a Death Sentence for the Iran Deal?," The National Interest, (11/17/2016)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, "Why Trump Should Make Africa a Foreign Policy Priority," The Hill, (11/15/1972)
Dr. Farhad Rezaei, "The Quiet Fight for Iran’s Future," The National Interest, (11/17/2016)
Dr. Robert P. Barnidge, Jr., "The End of Ideology," The Washington Times, (09/14/2016)
Dr. Farhad Rezaei, "How Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Learned to Love the Nuclear Deal," The National Interest, (08/29/2016)
Prof. Franck Salameh, “ISIS and the ‘Islamophobia’ Fallacy,” The National Interest, (08/03/2016)

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Dr. Shaul Bartal published his latest article “Reading the Qur’ān: How Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Explain Sura al-Isra (17)” in the journal Politics, Religion & Ideology. Dr. Bartal also published his article “Lone-wolf or Terror Organization Members Acting Alone: New Look at the Last Israeli–Palestine Incidents” in the journal Middle Eastern Studies. This work was first presented at the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference and awarded a 2015 Research Grant.

Dr. Farhad Rezaei and Mrs. Somayeh Khodaei Moshirabad published their joint article “The Revolutionary Guards: From Spoiler to Accepter of the Nuclear Agreement” in the British Journal of Middle East Studies. This work was first presented at the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference and was awarded a 2015 Travel Grant. Additionally, Dr. Rezaei published his article “Shopping for Armageddon: Islamist Groups and Nuclear Terror” in Middle East Policy. This work also was first presented at the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference and awarded a 2015 Research Grant.

Prof. Lawrence P. Rubin published his articles “Islamic Political Activism among Israel’s Negev Bedouin Population” in the British Journal of Middle East Studies and “The Strategic Illogic of Counterterrorism Policy” in the journal The Washington Quarterly (39:4, Winter 2017).

Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov has just published his new book Russia and the Syrian Conflict: Moscow’s Domestic, Regional and Strategic Interests by Gerlach Press.

Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman’s new book, A Century of Arab Politics: From the Arab Revolt to the Arab Spring, was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield.

We are very interested in the activities of our members.  If you have upcoming publications, were awarded a fellowship or received a research grant and would like to share the news with your ASMEA colleagues, contact us at or 202.429.8860.


The Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University is proud to announce its 2017-2018 Grants Program. Application deadline: March 3, 2017. Grant Categories: Library Grants; Post-Doctoral Summer Travel Research Grants; Dissertation Writing Grants; Subventions for Publications; Summer Language Study Grants in Turkey for Graduate Students; Teaching Aids Grants; Turkish Studies Academic Conference Grant. Click HERE for more information.

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) offers awards of four to six months for post-doctoral scholars at the institute in Amman through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Deadline for application is February 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2017. Click HERE for more information about this fellowship. Additional fellowship opportunities with ACOR can be found here.
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University is a competitive fellowship program that gives faculty the foundation to teach about Israel in any discipline. The Institute begins at Brandeis with a two-week multidisciplinary seminar taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S., during which fellows create a syllabus to teach at their home institution. The program continues in Israel with a 10-day study tour of Israel, where fellows meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts. Dates: June 20–July 2, 2017 at Brandeis and July 3–12, 2017 in Israel. Apply online by January 20, 2017. Learn more at

The Association for Israel Studies awards several prizes to scholars both student and professor including the Kimmerling Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AIS annual meeting as well as the Ben Halpern Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Israel studies (broadly defined), and the Shapiro Prize for the best book in Israel Studies. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016. 

Each year, the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute sponsor an academic prize to honor a lifetime of exceptional scholarship and academic achievement in the field of Israel Studies. Additionally the AIS sponsors an academic prize to honor a promising emerging scholar in the field of Israel Studies. The $5000 prizes are awarded in person at the AIS annual conference at Brandeis University (June 12-14, 2017). Nomination letters that address the scholar’s outstanding contributions to Israel Studies in their fields are due by February 15, 2017. Learn more here.

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together students, faculty and researchers who are dedicated to the study of Israel in all its facets. In an effort to promote faculty-based projects, stimulate research and teaching, and contribute to the study of the state of Israel, locally, nationally and internationally, the Institute is offering financial support in the form of grants and scholarships in the following categories: Visiting Researcher: The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available. Post-doctoral fellowships: Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship. The deadline to apply for these grants vary.  For details please visit:

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