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CSID 19th Annual Conference

CSID 19th Annual Conference


The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy 19th Annual Conference

Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline :  in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism

Thursday April 26, 2018 The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036


Pre-Registration ends on April 20th

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8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks


9:15 – 10:30 AM – PANEL 1

Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism



  • Moderator: Daanish Faruqi, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Genocide
    and Human Rights, Rutgers University
  • Dalia Fahmy, Associate professor of political science, LIU Brooklyn
  • Andrew Miller, Deputy Director for Policy, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
  • Amy Austin Holmes,  Associate Professor of Sociology at American University in Cairo
  • Mohamed Elmenshawy, Columnist for Al Shorouk News and contributor for

10:30 – 11:00 AM  Coffee and tea break


 11:00 – 12:30 PM – PANEL 2

Piety or Politics? Interpreting the Iran-SaudiRivalry and the Rise of Sectarianism.


  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)
  • Trita Parsi, President, The National Iranian American Council
  • Nader Hashemi, Director, The Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver.


12:30 – 2:00 PM – Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:  TBA

Keynote Panel: Where is Turkey Headed? Assessing the State of Democracy in Turkey



  • Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University
  • Harun Armağan, Vice Chair of Human Rights at the AK Party
  • Kemal Kirisci, Senior Fellow and Director, Turkey Project, Brookings Institution
  • Gonul Tol, Director of Center for Turkish Studies, at The Middle East Institute


2:00 – 3:30 PM – PANEL 3

Challenges to Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia

Moderator :

  • Radwan Masmoudi, President of the Center for the Study ofIslam & Democracy
  • Oussama Sghaier, Member of the Tunisian Parliament and Member of the Political Bureau,
    Ennahdha Party
  • Khaled Chouket, Member of the Executive Committee of Nidaa Tounes
  • Andrew March, Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard University
  • Eric Brown, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

3:30 – 4:00 PM  Coffee and tea break


4:00 – 5:00 PM – PANEL 4 – Parallel Sessions:

U.S. foreign policy, Neoliberalism, and the Pact Theory

Moderator :

  • Dalia Fahmy, “In Flux: U.S.-Egypt Strategic Interests and Military Relations post-Arab Spring”,
  • Colin Powers, “Democratization Imperiled? Stubborn Neoliberalism in Tunisia and the Dangers Therein”
  • Deina Abdelkader, “Democratic Transitions: Are There Recipes for Success?”


Islamic Politics, Populism, and Coalition Building


  • Emrah Celik, “Power and Islam in Turkey: The Relationship Between AKP Government and Sunni-Islamic Groups, 2002-2015.”
  • Shirin Saeidi, “A Sovereignty of Pleasure: Hardship, Religion and the Politics of Statecraft in Post-2009 Iran,”
  • M. Tahir Kilavuz, “Once Allies, Always Allies: How Coalition Building Under Authoritarianism Shape Democratic Transitions in the MENA,”

5:15 – 5:30 pm – Closing Remarks

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Dr. Asma Afsaruddin

Dalia Fahmy

Oussama Sghaier

Khaled Chouket

Amy Austin Holmes

Mohamed Elmenshawy

Andrew Miller

Hussein Ibish

Trita Parsi

Nader Hashemi

Dr. Radwan Masmoudi

Harun Armağan

Gonul Tol

Kemal Kirisci

Andrew March

Eric Brown

Colin Powers

Deina Abdelkader

Emrah Celik

Shirin Saeidi

M. Tahir Kilavuz



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