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Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The discussion was held as part of the MENA Dialogues series produced by ...  Read More »

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Life and Death in Palestine - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ben Ehrenreich

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with award-winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich about his new book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.  Ben Ehrenreich is an award winning journalist and author of two novels Ether and The Suitors. His latest book The Way to the spring ...  Read More »

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The Refugee Crisis in Greece- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Georgia Arapidou

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Eleni Makkas speaks with Georgia Arapidou about the refugee situation in Greece after the EU-Turkish Agreement (2016), told from the perspective of a Greek asylum lawyer.  Georgia Arapidou is a legal counselor and attorney for the Association for the Social Support of ...  Read More »

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JinJin Fear with Zizi: An Interview with the Rocca Family

On 8 November 2016, the American general election ushered in a fascist reality TV personality with no political experience and questionable mental health to the highest office in the land. Two days later, an evening at The Lab–San Francisco’s premier performance art venue–provided an opportunity to gather with others ...  Read More »

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Creative Insurgency in the Arab World - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Marwan Kraidy

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Katty Alhayek speaks with Marwan Kraidy about his new book The Naked Blogger of Cairo, which tackles creative insurgency and the Arab uprisings. Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Founding Director of the Project for ...  Read More »

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Woman Healers - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Rola Yasmine

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Rola Yasmine about women’s health issues in Lebanon and the impact of patriarchy within the medical field.   Rola Yasmine is a feminist, nurse and researcher based in Beirut and working on sexuality and gender and their intersections. ...  Read More »

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Talks to Al Jazeera about US Missile Strike on Syria

In this interview conducted with Al Jazeera English on 7 April 2017, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the recent US missile strike against Syria. Rabbani concludes that it appears to be a single strike rather than the beginning of a broader campaign, and not undertaken as part of a particular political or ...  Read More »

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Why a Turkish Woman Artist Must Dare to Disappoint - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ozge Samanci

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Julie Hakim Azzam speaks with Ozge Samanci about her difficult journey to actualize her dream to be an artist in her debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey. Ozge Samanci is author of the debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in ...  Read More »

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Changing Ecologies of War and Humanitarianism - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Omar Dewachi and Jonathan Whittall

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Omar Dewachi and Jonathan Whittall about the changing nature of humanitarianism from an academic and a practitioner’s perspectives. Omar Dewachi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Health at American University of Beirut (AUB). ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of ...  Read More »

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of ...  Read More »

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The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Omar Barghouti

In this conversation hosted by Diaa Ali for Status/الوضع, Omar Barghouti gives an overview of the BDS movement, discussing its development, goals, challenges and acheivements. The conversation was held on June 18, 2016 in Arabic. Omar Barghouti (born 1964) is a Palestinian researcher and activist, as well as a ...  Read More »

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An Inquiry into the Dynamics of Elections, Gas Deals, and Assassinations in Jordan - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout

In this interview conducted by Ziad Abu-Rish for Status/الوضع, Reem Al-Masri and Omar Atout give a critical assessment of the current situation in Jordan. The interview was conducted in Arabic on September 29, 2016. Reem Al-Masri is a writer and researcher at 7iber. Her research focuses on the structural, ...  Read More »

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Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad speaks with Adel Iskandar, who unpacks Trump's complicated relationship to the US media, reflects on the reaction of Middle Eastern media on his victory, and describes how the journalistic establishment will likely deal with him during the four-year presidency. ...  Read More »

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The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS/الوضع Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by  Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016. Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Tells MSNBC's Chris Hayes, We're Not Headed to an Apartheid Reality "We Have Been There"

On 28 December 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a comprehensive speech about the United States’ vision for a two state solution. Kerry’s address was remarkable for its candor: he insisted that settlements did not increase Israel’s security; he referred to Israel’s establishment as the Palestinian ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Syria Page Co-Editor Basileus Zeno on Sectarianism, Syria, and Iran, on BBC Newshour Extra

After Aleppo? On Friday, 23 December 2016, the BBC’s Newshour Extra featured a discussion on the sectarianism as a framework of analysis for the war in Syria. Host Owen Bennet Jones mediated between panelists Basilseous Zeno (PhD Student in Political Science at University of Masschusetts Amherst), Mohammed Alyahya ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Responds to Kerry Speech and Congressman Brad Sherman on MSNBC

On 28 December 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a comprehensive speech about the United States’ vision for a two state solution. Kerry’s address was remarkable for its candor: he insisted that settlements did not increase Israel’s security; he referred to Israel’s establishment as the Palestinian ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Anti-Semitism, Zionism, and BDS on Al Jazeera

In first part this Al Jazeera Up Front special, host Mehdi Hasan examines the rise of anti-Semitism on the political right and left in Europe. He asks whether it is something that needs to be tackled or if is is being manipulated by Israel supporters .Noura Erakat joins Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the Left, Imperialism, and Syria at KPFA

The following interview aired live on Wednesday 21 December 2016 on the UPFRONT show of KPFA (Pacfica Radio San Francisco and Oakland). The episode takes the recent developents in Aleppo as the launch point to discuss dynamics in Syria. The episode features Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad (also the ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Elyse Semerdjian on Standing Rock

[On 4 December 2016, the operators of the North Dakota Access Pipeline were informed they no longer had permission to pursue construction plans under Lake Oahe, the main water source of the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The announcement crowned many months of activism led by the inhabitants of Standing Rock, ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict

[The ongoing full-scale assault by the Syrian military, Russian air force and allied militias on eastern Aleppo, which forms the most significant remaining opposition stronghold in the country, appears to portend a strategic turning point in the Syrian conflict. Jadaliyya turned to Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, former head ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Addresses Aleppo Today on Democracy Now!

"Nothing Short of a Slaughter": 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food" As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on the Algerian Succession

[Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in office since 1999, is widely reported to be in failing health and has not been sighted in public for over two years. His current condition raises questions about the presidential succession in Algeria, as well as broader issues concerning the stability, policies and ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on 2016 US Elections and Israel/Palestine Policy

In this edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the impact the US presidential election is likely to have on American policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbani argues that continuity in Washington's increasingly uncritical and unconditional support for ...  Read More »

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Why Is a Moroccan History Professor Being Charged with "Endangering State Security?"

In August 2015, Maati Monjib was returning home to Morocco from his summer vacation. But before he could clear customs and leave the airport to return to his home in Rabat, Moroccan police apprehended and detained him, notifying him that he faced the charge of “endangering state security.” Until legal matters were ...  Read More »

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The Red Sea in History: An Interview with Alexis Wick

The body of water now known as the Red Sea was surrounded for nearly four centuries by the Ottoman Empire's well-protected domains. During that time, it became a space of not only geological and geographic but also historical coherence. While the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and other maritime spaces ...  Read More »

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Interview on US-Russian Ceasefire in Syria with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

In this interview with Al-Jazeera English, Jadaliyya Co-Editor and former head of political affairs for the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Mouin Rabbani discusses the recent US-Russian agreement to establish a ceasefire in Syria and use this as a springboard for the delivery of humanitarian ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings

Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, eds. Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (New York: Urban Research, 2016).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Deen Sharp (DS): The idea for this book grew out of two articles that I wrote for Jadaliyya in 2012.  The first was published ...  Read More »

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing ...  Read More »

About the Arabian Peninsula Page

Despite its regional and global significance, the Arabian Peninsula has played a tangential role in the study of the modern Middle East. Jadaliyya’s Arabian Peninsula Page seeks to further the debates on the region and its eighty million inhabitants from a myopic focus on statistics, conjecture, and religious violence to one on people and communities, everyday hardships and popular struggles, culture and politics. It will bring together scholars, writers, artists, bloggers, journalists, activists, and photographers who work on or live in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The goal is to provide an open and collaborative space for the production of knowledge on a region that has largely escaped critical engagement.

 

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BAHRAIN

Population:                                                   1,261,835
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                      20.6
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                17,609
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,108
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  3.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            86.5
Internet Users (2010):                                     694,009

KUWAIT

Population:                                                    2,736,732
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     109.5
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 41,365
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,416
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  3.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            93.3
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,100,000

OMAN

Population:                                                    2,782,435
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                       46.9
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 17,280
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):         497
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  7.6
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            81.4
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,741,804

QATAR

Population:                                                    1,758,793
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                       98.3
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 61,532
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,715
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  2.3
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                               89
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,213,567

SAUDI ARABIA

Population:                                                  27,448,086
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     372.7
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 15,711
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):         714
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  8.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            82.9
Internet Users (2010):                                 11,253,715

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Population:                                                    7,511,690
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     270.3
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                13,901
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,520
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  4.3
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            88.7
Internet Users (2010):                                   5,859,118

YEMEN

Population:                                                 24,052,514
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                      26.4
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                  1,130
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):           64
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  4.4
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            54.1
Internet Users (2010):                                  2,609,698

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