Annual Kick Off Event

Save the Date

Join us for a conversation on timely topics including:

  • Can the Syrian state be put back together?
  • What are we missing about women's rights movements in the Middle East?
  • Gender equality and democratization: Is Tunisia a success story?
  • Corruption and patronage in Jordan and the region
  • Authoritarianism, police, and policing: Turkey and beyond                                        


  • Daniel Neep, Sabbatical Fellow, Professor of Arab Politics at Georgetown University
  • Hayal Akarsu, Junior Research Fellow, PhD in Anthropology
  • Hind Ahmed Zaki, Harold Grinspoon Junior Research Fellow, PhD in Political Science
  • Yazan Doughan, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow, PhD in Anthropology


  • Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center, Professor of Politics
  • Naghmeh Sohrabi, Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University

Free and open to the public

Middle Eastern fare will be served!

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