March 22, 2012
The Rise of Islamist Parties in the New Middle East
America Abroad Media (AAM) and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs hosted a special "Beyond the Broadcast" panel discussion focused on Islamist movements in the Middle East. The event coincided with the release of AAM's one-hour America Abroad documentary, The Rise of Islamist Parties in the New Middle East, and featured Dr. Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University, and Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, Minerva Chair at the National Defense University and Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center. Discussion explored the challenges facing Islamist parties as they govern for the first time, and how their victories will impact relations between Arab countries and the world around them.
Jocelyne Cesari is a renowned scholar of Islam and Middle Eastern politics. She is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center, where she directs the Islam in World Politics program, and will be joining the Department of Government as a Visiting Associate Professor in January 2013. She has published works in a broad range of subjects, including Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. She directs the international program “Islam in the West"
affiliated with CRNRS in Paris and Harvard University. Her book When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States
(2006) is a reference in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies.
Nathan J. Brown is a professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is author of the forthcoming book Participation, Not Domination: Islamist Political Parties and Semiauthoritarian Politics in the Arab World.