July 2014

In This Edition

• Message from President Mark T. Clark, Ph.D.
• REGISTER NOW: Seventh 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:

You may already be aware of the recent passing of our esteemed vice-chairman, Dr. Fouad Ajami. Dr. Ajami's contribution to both the study of the Middle East and the Association was profound. We were privileged to have benefited from his leadership. His sage advice and good humor will be deeply missed.

On a happier note, I am delighted to announce that Professor Norman Stillman of the University of Oklahoma has joined the ASMEA Academic Council, the scholarly guiding body for the Association. Prof. Stillman is the Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma, and is an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardi and Oriental Jewry. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles in several languages including the acclaimed The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times. We welcome him as he takes on this new role with the Association.

The planning continues as we put the final touches on the program for our upcoming Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference, taking place on October 30 - November 1, 2014. In addition to Prof. Meir Litvak of Tel Aviv University delivering a keynote address titled, "Rouhani's Iran: How Real is the Change?," we have invited Amb. Lukman Faily, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States, to share special remarks during the opening reception. Other highlights of our signature event will include round-table 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?" and "Iraq: Failure or Federalism" as well as more than 100 paper presentations on the latest scholarly research in Middle Eastern and African studies, and related disciplines. If you have not already done so, now is the time to reserve your place and register to attend.

Finally, please don't forget to share news of your latest accomplishments and achievements with us. We are always glad to promote the scholarship of our members and we 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


REGISTER NOW: 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.

The 2014 Conference will feature:

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prof. Meir Litvak, Tel Aviv University, "Rouhani's Iran: How Real is the Change?"
  • SPECIAL REMARKS: Amb. Lukman Faily, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. **invited
  • 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?" and more.
  • Panel presentations on scholarly topics from Middle Eastern and African studies, and related disciplines.
  • Banquet luncheon and professional networking reception.
  • Film screenings.
  • Displays by publishers of the latest academic titles.
  • More to come!

Registration is now open! Take advantage of Early Bird rates and register now!

Visit our past conferences page to learn more about the Annual ASMEA Conference.

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 2 (May-August 2014):


U.S. Foreign Policy towards North Africa during the Cold War: From Eisenhower to Kennedy (1953-1963)
(Mohieddine Hadhri)
Globalization Processes and Christians in the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis
(Sotirios Roussos)
Intermediarized Security Governance and the “Sultans’ Retort”
(Dylan Craig)
The Congo Crisis: A Reexamination (1960-1965)
(William Mountz)

Book Reviews
The Battle for Mozambique: The Frelimo-Renamo Struggle, 1977-1992
by Stephen A. Emerson                                                      
(Reviewed by Robert B. Lloyd)
The Flechas: Insurgent Hunting in Eastern Angola, 1965-1974
by John P. Cann
(Reviewed by Joshua Meservey)
The Rise of Turkey: The Twenty-first Century’s First Muslim Power
by Soner Cagaptay                                                              
(Reviewed by Birol A. Ye┼čilada)

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

Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions
by Matthew Levinger
(Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace), 265 pp.
Reviewed by Benjamin Arah, Associate Professor of Government & Philosophy, Bowie State University

Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
By Ilan Berman
(Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2013) 256 pp.
Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute for Near East Studies

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 info@asmeascholars.org for writing requirements and a list of available titles.


Featured News by ASMEA Members

Prof. Franck Salameh, "Trampled in Abraham’s Dust: The Destruction of Near Eastern Christianity," The Jerusalem Post (7/26/2014)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, "Missing an Opportunity With Morocco, Western Sahara," Southeast Missourian (7/22/2014)
Dr. Leslie H. Gelb, "Iraq Must Not Come Apart," New York Times (7/1/2014)
Dr. Nikolay Kozhanov, "Sidestepping Sanctions," The Majalla (6/26/2014)
Prof. Franck Salameh, "The Lights Are Dimmer Over Middle East Studies Tonight," The Jerusalem Post (6/25/2014)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, "Embracing the Kurdish Option?" Southeast Missourian (6/24/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, "In Congo, Third Time's No Charm," The Hill (6/17/2014)
Dr. J. Peter Pham, "Making a Hash(tag) of Africa Policy," The Hill (5/28/2014)
Prof. Kemal Silay, "'Spawn of Israel’: Erdogan’s Anti-Semitic Obsessions," Haaretz (5/22/2014)
Prof. Wayne Bowen, "Democracies in the Middle East with monarchies," Southeast Missourian (5/20/2014)
Dr. Lorenzo Kamel, "Women Activism and Resistance in Rural Upper and Lower Egypt," The Hill (3/27/2014)

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



The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington welcomes applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies for academic year 2015-2016. The Fellowship may be used as a dissertation research/writing fellowship or for post-doctoral studies (Ph.D. received within last three years) in any field of Jewish Studies.  Application deadline is October 24, 2014.

Fulbright Award Opportunities are available for Art & Art History in the Middle East/North Africa. There are opportunities for both professionals and academics, including early-career scholars, and awards to teach and/or conduct research in all academic disciplines. Competition closes on August 1, 2014.

Indiana University’s Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair invites interested scholars and advanced graduate students to submit paper proposals for the conference "China in the Middle East." The event will take place at the Indiana University China Office, Beijing, March 17-18, 2015. Submit proposals by October 1, 2014. Additional information and instructions can be found HERE.

In a recent interview, ASMEA Member Prof. Donovan Chau discussed his new book, Exploiting Africa: The Influence of Maoist China in Algeria, Ghana, and Tanzania (Naval Institute Press, 2014).

ASMEA Member Prof. Banu Eligur published her article titled “The ‘Arab Spring’: Implications for US–Israeli relations” in the journal Israel Affairs. Prof. Eligur presented this paper at the 2013 Annual ASMEA Conference in Washington, D.C.

A research study on Palestinian history, co-authored by ASMEA Member Prof. Shaul Bartel, was cited in articles for Israel HaYom and Israel National News.

ASMEA Academic Council member Dr. Gérard Prunier was interviewed by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) on his contemporary analysis of the African continent.

ASMEA Vice President Dr. J. Peter Pham spoke to “Voice of America” about the ailing Algerian president expected to win their recent election.
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