September 2015

In This Edition

• Message from President Mark T. Clark, PhD
• REGISTER NOW: Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
• FORTHCOMING ISSUE: Journal of the Middle East and Africa
• Book Notes
• Featured News by ASMEA Members
• Announcements
• ASMEA Job Bank


Dear Friends:

Another academic year has begun and now is the time to make your plans to join us for the Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference on October 29 – 31 in Washington, D.C.

We are pleased to have the eminent scholar, Prof. Samir Khalil Samir, SJ of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and Saint Joseph University in Beirut, presenting the keynote address on "The Fate of Middle East Christians." In addition, H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States, will deliver remarks at the opening reception.

As always, scholars and practitioners will lead policy roundtables covering hot topics such as the Islamic State, Kurdistan, and the employment of U.S. troops in the Middle East and Africa. And, over 40 scholarly panels will cover the length and breadth of our regions of study.

Space is filling up fast so REGISTER for the Conference today!

ASMEA remains committed to promoting academic excellence in Middle Eastern and African studies and working with you to achieve that goal.

Please remember to share with us news of your accomplishments -- whether it is new fieldwork, your latest published research and opinion pieces, or reviews of interesting books that you are reading. We look forward to hearing from you throughout the year.


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

Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
For Better or Worse? Historical Trends in the Middle East and Africa
October 29-31, 2015
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Conference will feature:

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prof. Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, Pontical Oriental Institute, Rome, "The Fate of Middle East Christians."
  • SPECIAL REMARKS: H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States.
  • Roundtable discussions:
    • "The Spill-Over: The Sunni Jihadis of Syria/Iraq and their Impact on the Middle East Region"
    • "Jewish-Christianity and the Origins of Islam"
    • "Cultures of War: U.S. Military Training in the Middle East and Africa"
    • "United Kurdistan: Distant Dream or Emerging Reality?"
    • "Apocalyptic Dimensions of Global Jihad: Reconceptualizing the Problem, Reformulating Responses"
  • Over 170 paper presentations on scholarly topics from Middle Eastern and African studies, and related disciplines. View bios and abstracts of Conference Presenters here.
  • Banquet luncheon and professional networking reception.
  • Film screenings.
  • Displays by publishers of the latest academic titles.

Registration fees:
Full/Associate Members Registration: $85. After Sept. 30: $105.
Student Members Registration: $55. After Sept. 30: $75.
Non-Members Registration: $200. After Sept. 30: $200

VIEW the tentative Conference schedule. BOOK your hotel room at the Conference rates. DOWNLOAD Conference flyer.

FORTHCOMING ISSUE: Journal of the Middle East and Africa

ASMEA is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the next issue of our peer-reviewed, academic journal.  Below is the full table of contents for Volume 6, Issue 2 (July-September 2015):

The Political Economy of US-Iranian Relations (2005-2014)
(Amir Kamel)

The Quest for Legitimacy in Post-Revolutionary Egypt: Propaganda and
Controlling Narratives

(Joyce van de Bildt)

The “Jew” as Metaphor for Evil in Arab Public Discourse
(Esther Webman)

Dynamic Belonging: Moroccan Jews and the Development of Nationalist
Narratives in French Protectorate Morocco

(Kristin Hissong)

Why Deploy to Somalia? Understanding Six African Countries’ Reasons
for Sending Soldiers to One of the World’s Most Failed States

(Brian Hesse)

Tribes Today: In Anthropology and in the World
(Philip Carl Salzman)

Book Review
The Mind of the African Strong Man: Conversations with Dictators,
Statesmen, and Father Figures

By Herman J. Cohen
(Reviewed by J. Peter Pham)

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency
By Virginia Comolli
(Reviewed by Kelsey Lilley)

Flight Plan Africa: Portuguese Airpower in Counterinsurgency, 1961-1974
By John P. Cann
(Reviewed by Joshua Meservey)

All dues-paying members of ASMEA receive the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.  For more information on becoming an ASMEA member, click HERE.


ASMEA Book Notes

A Road Map of a New Constitution for Turkey
Edited by Fatih Öztürk, Murat Yanık and Hüseyin Özcan
Reviewed by Orçun Selçuk, Political Science Ph.D. Student, Florida
International University

From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter
By Raphael Israeli
Reviewed by Prof. Eliezer Tauber, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Bar-Ilan University

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

Dr. J. Peter Pham, "No Exit," U.S. News & World Report, (09/4/2015)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, "Israeli Preemptive Action, Western
," National Review, (08/4/2015)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, "Opinion: ‘A Plan of Action’ to Build an Iranian
," Southeast Missourian, (07/28/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, "Nigerian President’s Visit a Refresh for
US-Nigerian Relations
," The Hill, (07/20/2015)
Prof. Joseph Spoerl, "My Turn: Boycott Goal is to Dismantle Israel,"
Concord Monitor, (06/13/2015)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, "Opinion: ‘We will’ — The U.S. and the regional
power of Saudi Arabia
," Southeast Missourian, (4/29/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, "Why Guinea’s Election Crisis Matters," U.S. News &
World Report, (4/23/2015)
Prof. Asher Orkaby, "A Road Map to Chaos in Yemen," Wall Street
Journal, (4/09/2015)
Hon. George P. Shultz, "The Iran Deal and Its Consequences," Wall
Street Journal, (4/07/2015)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Boosting African Democracy,” The Hill, (4/07/2015)
Please share your next opinion piece or media hit on the Middle East or Africa with us. Email your links to



Andrew McCarthy offers praise of ASMEA in "Modern Middle East Studies vs. Scholarship" for the National Review.

The latest volume by ASMEA Academic Council Member Dr. Gérard Prunier, "Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia" was released in September 2015 by Hurst Publishing.

ASMEA Vice President Dr. J. Peter Pham was referenced in “Morocco: Africa’s Great Stabilizer,” an article in The National Interest.

ASMEA Member Prof. Shaul Bartal published his article, “Deif: The
Undying Symbol of Hamas
” in the Israel Hayom newsletter for the April
30, 2015 issue and another article “Hamas: Masters of Deception” in
the Israel Hayom for the May 28, 2015 issue.

ASMEA Member Prof. Joseph Spoerl published his article “Palestinians,
Arabs, and the Holocaust
” in the Jewish Political Studies Review, a
journal of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (Volume 26, Numbers
1–2) and a second article, “The Iran Deal: What You Need to Know and
Aren’t Being Told
” was published in the New English Review (August

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