Crisis: Middle East and North Africa
Several programs at the Council have extensive involvement with the Middle East, North Africa and Egypt in particular. Click on the links to the right for a dynamically evolving set of analyses of the current crisis in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Council runs a program on promoting public engagement by academic researchers with expertise on Islamic traditions and Muslim societies. This program supports Foreign Policy.com's Middle East Channel which in a single year has established itself as the premiere online site for informed analysis of the politics of the Middle East. The Middle East Channel reaches an audience of millions and is read widely throughout the Washington policy community and the specialist community. Over the last year it has provided a venue for the arguments and ideas of more than 100 academic specialists on the Middle East and has demonstrably increased their impact on American policy debates about the Middle East. Their recent coverage of events in Egypt and Tunisia has been both prescient and deeply knowledgeable. Other program grantees have been providing first-rate coverage as well (find links to the right).
Contributors to The Immanent Frame blog write on many aspects of religion and the public sphere. In this set of posts they reflect on the events, forces, and connections that have led to the protests in Egypt, parse the religious and secular imaginations at work on the streets of Egyptian cities, and consider how the current uprising may shape the future political landscape.
IDRF supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. Since its inception in 1997, the IDRF program has funded research spanning the globe. A number of IDRF Fellows have done research in Egypt, live(d) there, and in some cases were born and raised there. Some of their posts are available to the right.
The book coming out of this five year project, Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa (Seteney Shami, ed.), demonstrates how conflict and resistance are generative forces in public discourse. Recent developments in Tunisia and Egypt have borne out some of the central conclusions of this volume. Read more.