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 senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting associate professor in the Department of Government. A renowned scholar of Islam and Middle Eastern politics, she also directs the “Islam in the West" program at Harvard University and the Berkley Center’s Islam in World Politics program.
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.