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The Politics of Disaster: Understanding the Beirut Explosion and its Aftermath, is now live on Spotify and iTunes. This ...
01/26/2021
Politics of Disaster Podcast - Politics of Disaster

The Politics of Disaster: Understanding the Beirut Explosion and its Aftermath, is now live on Spotify and iTunes. This four-part podcast miniseries is a joint project between SAIS students and the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs.

Episodes cover the historical, political, economic, and social significance of the Beirut explosion of August 2020. They feature experts including Dr. Carmen Geha, Dr. Reinould Leenders, Nadim al-Kak, Dr. Bassel Salloukh, Dr. Nisreen Salti, Dan Azzi, Dr. Lama Mourad, and Farah Baba.

This effort was the final project for the MES course "The Politics of Disaster in the Middle East and Beyond" in Fall 2020.

We hope you enjoy.

https://open.spotify.com/show/12iNotIcqQD6bMOL1BpSOA?si=xxIohqo-RvS8Qzvgr8FgBg

The Politics of Disaster Podcast is a four-part mini-series discussing the political, societal, economic, and global implications of the Beirut blast of August 4th 2020. The mini-series was created by students of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in collaboration....

Join us in a discussion on women’s leadership in U.S. diplomacy, current U.S. engagement in the Middle East and North Af...
05/29/2020

Join us in a discussion on women’s leadership in U.S. diplomacy, current U.S. engagement in the Middle East and North Africa region, and how this will be affected by #COVID19. RSVP: bit.ly/2TIqo3Z

Join us in a discussion on women’s leadership in U.S. diplomacy, current U.S. engagement in the Middle East and North Africa region, and how this will be affected by #COVID19. RSVP: bit.ly/2TIqo3Z

In a #WashingtonPost article on how militants, gangs, and mafias are responding to the #coronavirus pandemic, MES Prof. ...
04/14/2020
Now joining the fight against coronavirus: The world’s armed rebels, drug cartels and gangs

In a #WashingtonPost article on how militants, gangs, and mafias are responding to the #coronavirus pandemic, MES Prof. Sarah Parkinson commented on why these groups are filling gaps that governments have left. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/coronavirus-taliban-ms-13-drug-cartels-gangs/2020/04/13/83aa07ac-79c2-11ea-a311-adb1344719a9_story.html

Nonstate actors have long looked for opportunities to win over populations. Covid-19 might be their best chance in years.

SAIS Professors have been rocking Newshour all week. See Prof. Narges Bajoghli's interview here https://www.pbs.org/news...
01/08/2020
What killing of top Iranian general means for nuclear deal and the U.S. in Middle East

SAIS Professors have been rocking Newshour all week. See Prof. Narges Bajoghli's interview here https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-killing-of-top-iranian-general-means-for-nuclear-deal-and-the-u-s-in-middle-east

For two views on the latest developments in Iran and Iraq, Nick Schifrin speaks with Narges Bajoghli of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, author of “Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic,” and U.S. diplomat Ryan Crocker, who served as ambassador to I...

Visiting SAIS MES Researcher Daniel Tavana writes of his interview for podcast White Adjacent: "Growing up, it was diffi...
12/10/2019
‎White Adjacent: Dan Tavana--Being White means you don't often face exclusionary rituals on Apple Podcasts

Visiting SAIS MES Researcher Daniel Tavana writes of his interview for podcast White Adjacent:

"Growing up, it was difficult to find positive examples of other "mixed" Iranian-Americans (specifically half-white, half-Iranian examples) who had sorted out how they fit into American society. At times, being mixed was a source of frustration and confusion which lead to (relatively mild) personal crises about where I belonged and who I was. At other times, being "mixed" has been a source of inspiration, clarity, and tremendous pride. I sat down with David Shams recently to discuss my own experience dealing with these and other issues for his new podcast, White Adjacent." Check it out.

‎Show White Adjacent, Ep Dan Tavana--Being White means you don't often face exclusionary rituals - Dec 5, 2019

Project on Middle East Political Science
10/23/2019
Project on Middle East Political Science

Project on Middle East Political Science

"[Lebanese protesters] don’t seem willing to accept less than major structural change. The question is what move they will make next," write Faten Ghosn and Sarah Parkinson.

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Next up for our #RethinkingIran series, on Oct 21 Dr. Siamdoust will be discussing her book “Soundtrack of the Revolutio...
10/14/2019

Next up for our #RethinkingIran series, on Oct 21 Dr. Siamdoust will be discussing her book “Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran” #saismes #iran

This Monday! Don’t miss SAIS Prof Narges Bajoghli discussing her new book. RSVP at iranreframed.eventbrite.com #rethinki...
10/08/2019

This Monday! Don’t miss SAIS Prof Narges Bajoghli discussing her new book. RSVP at iranreframed.eventbrite.com #rethinkingiran #SAISMES #iranreframed

This Wednesday! Join #saismiddleeast and the @pulitzercenter for a discussion on the realities of the Middle East “beyon...
09/30/2019

This Wednesday! Join #saismiddleeast and the @pulitzercenter for a discussion on the realities of the Middle East “beyond the headlines.” RSVP at realityvsrhetoric.eventbrite.com. Swipe for more info on panelists. #middleeast #pulitzercenter #saismes #journalism @ Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS

Fall 2019 #RethinkingIran events confirmed! Some brilliant speakers lined up and the DC premiere of the highly anticipat...
09/24/2019

Fall 2019 #RethinkingIran events confirmed! Some brilliant speakers lined up and the DC premiere of the highly anticipated documentary #COUP53 at E Street Cinema! Check your email for more info or contact [email protected] to get on our listserv #iran #iranreframed #soundtrackoftherevolution #stateandsocietyinIran #saismes #sais

Welcome & welcome back to our Middle East Studies students! It’s gonna be a good year 🤗 #saismes  @ The Green Zone
09/09/2019

Welcome & welcome back to our Middle East Studies students! It’s gonna be a good year 🤗 #saismes @ The Green Zone

One last virtual round of applause for all of our graduates! 👏🏽🎉🎓 #saisgrad19  @ Ronald Reagan Building and Internationa...
05/23/2019

One last virtual round of applause for all of our graduates! 👏🏽🎉🎓 #saisgrad19 @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Congratulations to our Middle East Studies graduates!! We’ll miss you. Good luck wherever your degrees take you! #saisgr...
05/22/2019

Congratulations to our Middle East Studies graduates!! We’ll miss you. Good luck wherever your degrees take you! #saisgrad19

#SAIS Middle East Studies and @sais_ees students toured the Mosque at @diyanetamerica this weekend and feasted on a trad...
04/08/2019

#SAIS Middle East Studies and @sais_ees students toured the Mosque at @diyanetamerica this weekend and feasted on a traditional Turkish breakfast! Organized by the SAIS #MENA club 🕌 @ Diyanet Center of America

MES concluded our trip by touring Bangkok’s temples and dining with SAIS alumni now based in the city #johnshopkinsSAISa...
01/12/2019

MES concluded our trip by touring Bangkok’s temples and dining with SAIS alumni now based in the city #johnshopkinsSAISat75 #thailand #bangkok Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS @ Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok

Day 3 of the MES study trip was spent in the old capital city, Ayutthaya. We toured old historical sites, visited the su...
01/11/2019

Day 3 of the MES study trip was spent in the old capital city, Ayutthaya. We toured old historical sites, visited the sufficiency economy learning center, Queen Sirikit’s royal project, and the royal winter palace 👑 #thailand #buddha Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS @ Ayutthaya, Thailand

Day 2 in Bangkok: Meetings with SAIS alum Thomas Parks, Thailand Country Representative at the Asia Foundation, and Phil...
01/08/2019

Day 2 in Bangkok: Meetings with SAIS alum Thomas Parks, Thailand Country Representative at the Asia Foundation, and Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at the Human Rights Watch. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS #bangkok #thailand @ The Asia Foundation

Day 1 of the MES research trip brought us to the Chang Hua Man royal project. Initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulya...
01/07/2019

Day 1 of the MES research trip brought us to the Chang Hua Man royal project. Initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, this project sought to boost the region’s economy and cultivate crops organically and sustainably. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS #thailand #royalproject

Middle East Studies Holiday Party 2018 ✨ #saismes @saishopkins
12/10/2018

Middle East Studies Holiday Party 2018 ✨ #saismes @saishopkins

SAIS Middle East Studies Lecturer Jean Francois Seznec featured on NPR this morning discussing the U.S.' relationship wi...
11/14/2018
Complex U.S.-Saudi Relations Hinders Response To Khashoggi's Death

SAIS Middle East Studies Lecturer Jean Francois Seznec featured on NPR this morning discussing the U.S.' relationship with Saudi in the wake of Khashoggi murder https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667699213/congress-wants-to-respond-to-killing-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi

The U.S. has been pressured to respond forcefully to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Members Of Congress urge sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

MES 2nd years Sofia Smith and Corey Ray in PVGlance on how to pressure the Saudi government on human rights issues in th...
10/23/2018
MBS Doesn’t Care About Human Rights. He Does Care About Google.

MES 2nd years Sofia Smith and Corey Ray in PVGlance on how to pressure the Saudi government on human rights issues in the context of Jamal Khashoggi’s assumed murder

http://politicalviolenceataglance.org/2018/10/22/mbs-doesnt-care-about-human-rights-he-does-care-about-google/

Guest post by Corey Ray and Sofia Smith. The disappearance and assumed murder of activist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government, allegedly on Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s (MBS’s) orders, ha…

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