MESA Program Committee Meeting
2 April 2016

In Spring 2016, the Middle East Studies Association Program Committee Meeting took place at Northeastern University. The Committee was chaired by Professor Moghadam, and included Professors Sullivan, Jones, Turam, Cury-Tohma, and Mako. Below, Mohamad Tavakoli, Professor of History at the University of Toronto; Alice Verticelli, Ph.D. student in Political Science and the meeting rapporteur; and Val Moghadam, Director of the International Affairs and Middle East Studies Programs and Professor of Sociology, confer during the Program Committee Meeting for MESA 2016, which will be held in Boston in November 2016.



Responding to Mass Violence in the Aftermath of Beirut and Paris
17 November 2015

On the evening of 17 November 2015, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities organized a multi-disciplinary panel, consisting of CSSH faculty members, analyzing the most recent attacks by ISIS in Paris and Beirut. The panelists addressed the issue from various disciplinary and political perspectives: international law, European policies and institutions, counter-terrorism, resilience, and the political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. An intense Q&A, moderated by Dean Uta Poiger, followed with the overflow audience.

To see reports on Professors Moghadam and Cross’ presentations, please click here.
To see the Northeastern News coverage of the panel, please click here.

Panelists included:
Max Abrahms, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Mai’a Davis Cross, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Steve Flynn, Professor of Political Science, Director of Security and Resilience Studies Master’s Program
Denise Garcia, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology, Director of International Affairs and Middle East Studies

Moderated by:
Uta G. Poiger, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War; Beirut, Lebanon
June 2015

In June 2015 Professor Valentine Moghadam traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to give one of the keynote speeches at the conference Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War at the Lebanese American University.  The key issues addressed at the conference “pertained to the record of the Arab Spring thus far; the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region; and women’s roles in religious extremism, conflicts, peace-building, and political leadership.”

To see Professor Moghadam’s report on the conference, please click here.


The Paris Attacks: A Northeastern Forum
25 February 2015

Paris, 7-9 January 2015: 17 people are killed in armed attacks on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, at a kosher supermarket, and on the streets. The attacks raise many questions germane to our teaching, research, and learning at Northeastern University, and to our concerns as citizens: free speech versus hate speech; multiculturalism versus marginalization and extremism; Islamophobia and anti-Semitism; terrorism and the fallout from foreign policy; religion and international affairs.

On the 25th of February, 2015, the International Affairs Program organized a panel discussion examining various aspects and implications of the attacks in Paris. The speakers were Professor Moghadam (panel organizer), Dr. Max Abrahms, Dr. Shakir Mustafa, Dr. Gordana Rabrenovic, and Professor Dov Waxman. A lively and wide-ranging discussion followed. The panel discussion presentations are posted here. Images from Dr. Shakir Mustafa’s presentation can be found here.


Seasons of the Arab Spring
22 January 2015

On January 22nd, 2015, Seasons of the Arab Spring was a panel discussion that examined the diverse trajectories of the mass social protests of 2011 in the Arab countries, the Gezi protests in Turkey and policies of the Erdogan government, and the challenges posed by jihadism, democracy reversals, and external intervention. The speakers were Dr. Val Moghadam, Director of the International Affairs Program and Professor of Sociology; Dr. Berna Turam, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Sociology; Dr. Denis Sullivan, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science; Dr. Emily Cury, Assistant Director of the Boston Consortium of Arab Region Studies, and PhD candidate Shamiran Mako, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for discussion on the fascinating aspects of the Arab Spring.

You may download and read the panel reports here.


Arab Countries in Transition: Gender Rights and Constitutional Reforms
June 2014

Professor Valentine Moghadam traveled to Beirut, Lebanon in June 2014 to participate in the international conference Arab Countries in Transition: Gender Rights and Constitutional Reforms organized by The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) of the Lebanese American University (LAU), in collaboration with the Women and Memory Forum – Egypt; Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Rule of Law Program MENA Region; and the Danish Center for Information on Gender, Equality, and Diversity (KVINFO).

You may read her report on the conference here.


Gender and the State and Politics in the Middle East Conference
October 24-25, 2013

Photo credit to Mariah Tauger/Northeastern University and Peace Islands Institute


International Forum: Mediterranean Women’s Rights in the Aftermath of the ‘Arab Uprisings’
June 2013


Expert Group Meeting on Protecting the Arab Family from Poverty: Employment, Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity