November 2014

In This Edition

• Message from President Mark T. Clark, Ph.D.
• WRAP-UP: Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference
• SAVE THE DATE: 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:

I am pleased to report that the Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference held in Washington, D.C. on October 30 – November 1 was our biggest event to date. Nearly 300 attendees gathered to hear 39 panels, comprising 140 scholarly papers as well as five stimulating Roundtable discussions. In addition, attendees benefited from a thought-provoking keynote address by Prof. Meir Litvak, titled “Rouhani’s Iran: How Real is the Change” and heard remarks by Amb. Lukman Faily, the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States.

As is our tradition, we presented “Best Paper” prizes to Prof. Francisco del Rio Sanchez (University of Barcelona) for his Middle East paper on “The Rejection of Muhammad’s Message by Jews and Christians and its Effect on Islamic Theological Argumentation;” Prof. Eric Lob (Florida International University) for his Africa paper on “The Overseas Operations of the Iranian Construction and Agricultural Jihad in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1984-2009; and Mr. Justin Fantauzzo (University of Cambridge) for his Student paper on “Ending Ottoman Misrule: British Soldiers, Liberal Imperialism and the First World War in Palestine.” While the field of Conference papers under consideration for the prize was outstanding, these papers truly stood out as exemplary.

You can view the final Conference schedule, a full list of papers presented, the abstracts and bios, the recipients of all ASMEA Grants, and photographs from the Conference. And finally, don’t forget to “Save the Date” for our Eighth Annual Conference which will take place on October 29 – 31, 2015 at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.  You will not want to miss it.

On a less positive note, as I am sure many of you have heard, a vote took place last week at the Annual MESA Conference regarding that organization’s stance on academic boycotts. ASMEA objects to all academic boycotts. I hope you will take a moment to read our statement on this practice. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

Additionally, please continue to share with us news of your latest accomplishments and achievements. We are always glad to promote the scholarship of our members and look forward to hearing from you.


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


WRAP-UP: Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference
Searching for Balance in the Middle East and Africa
October 30 - November 1, 2014
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

VIEW the SCHEDULE, the list of PAPERS presented, ABSTRACTS and BIOS, PHOTOS, and the full list of Research and Travel Grant Recipients as well as the AWARDS for "Best Paper."

COMING SOON: Videos of the Keynote Address by Prof. Meir Litvak, Tel Aviv University, "Rouhani's Iran: How Real is the Change?" Roundtable discussions on "The Sunni-Shia Sectarian War Across the Sykes-Picot Line," "Trends in Anti-Semitism in the Middle East," "Boko Haram: Islamism and Anarchy to What End?," "Iraq: Failure or Federalism," and "The Middle East: New Political Arrays, Old Complications."

SAVE THE DATE: Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference
October 29-31, 2015
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel * Washington, D.C.

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 5, Issue 3 (September-December 2014):

Lebanese Leaders: Are They a Factor of Political Change?
(Marwan G. Rowayheb)

Redefining the Post-Nation-State Emergence Phase in the Middle East in the Light of the “Arab Spring”
(Alexander Bligh)

Haj Amin al-Husseini: Herald of Religious Anti-Judaism in the Contemporary Islamic World
(Boris Havel)

The Development of the United States Africa Command and its Role in America’s Africa Policy under George W. Bush and Barack Obama
(J. Peter Pham)

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

The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire Against the Emperor of Ethiopia
By Volker Matthies, translated by Steven Rendall
(Princeton, NJ: Wiener Publishers, 2012) pp. 209
Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham E. Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College

Putin’s New Order in the Middle East
by Talal Nizameddin
(London: C. Hurst & Co. Ltd., 2013) pp. 358
Reviewed By Moritz Pieper, Ph.D. Researcher, University of Kent at Brussels

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

Prof. Wayne Bowen, “Israel is Living Well but Dangerously,” Southeast Missourian, (11/18/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Five Ideas for a Post-Midterms Africa Agenda,” The Hill, (10/10/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “West African Countries Show that Ebola Can Be Beaten,” The Hill, (10/21/2014)
Dr. Leslie Gelb, “Best Hope for Iraq is a Loose Confederation,” The Boston Globe, (10/17/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “Security Challenges and New Opportunities in the New Africa,” The Ambassadors REVIEW, (10/7/2014)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances,” National Review, (9/11/2014)
Prof. Robert J. Lieber, “The Existential Roots of the Gaza War,” The National Interest, (9/6/2014)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “On Cyprus, the World is Silent,” National Review, (8/14/2014)
Prof. Ricardo Rene Laremont, “Obama is Well-Reasoned, But Inconsistent,” US News & World Report, (8/14/2014)
Prof. Joseph Spoerl, “What You Need to Know But Aren’t Being Told About Hamas,” New Hampshire Union Leader, (8/12/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, “A New Africa Comes to Washington,” The Hill, (8/6/2014)
Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, “A Stronger Israel?National Review Online, (8/5/2014)

Please share your next opinion piece or media hit on the Middle East or Africa with us. Email your links to



On November 15, 2014, the Hoover Institution Press released "In This Arab Time," the final work of the late Prof. Fouad Ajami. In this collection of essays, Prof. Ajami, who was the founding vice chairman of ASMEA, details the current struggles of the Middle East through historical analysis and his own perspectives and experiences in the region. Topics such as the Syrian Rebellion, the Algerian civil war, the Arab world post 9/11, the Arab awakening, the evolution of Egyptian leadership, and in-depth insight on the alleged figures at the controls of the plane on 9/11, are all put forth with the familiar candor and scholarly insight that permeated Prof. Ajami’s many articles and publications throughout his life.

Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is offering several opportunities for scholars. These include the Summer Institute for Israel Studies Fellowship, Doctoral Student Fellowships, Schusterman Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. More information on eligibility, deadlines, the application process and contact information can be found HERE.

ASMEA Member Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov published his article “Russia Considers Nuclear Co-operation with Iran” in Gulf State News (Issue 980).

An article titled, “Sex-Slavery and Sharia in the Islamic State” was published by ASMEA Member Prof. Joseph Spoerl in the New English Review (November 2014).
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