Panel 1: Monday 26 March, 11.00 – 13.00

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Panel 1a Reflecting on the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’: Can we understand new trends using old models? [part 1] The Syrian and Egyptian Cases (Liberation, Domination and Expression and Resistance, Representation and Identity Research Networks Panel)

Chair: Dr Frédéric Volpi, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Institute of Middle East and Central Asia Studies, University of St Andrews

Paper 1: Islamism and the January Revolution in Egypt: Implications for ‘Liberal World Order’
Dr Ewan Stein, Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Paper 2: Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1981-2011: The Dynamics of Change and Continuity
Dr Amnon  Aran, Senior Lecturer in International Politics of the Middle East, City University (co-authored with Dr Rami Ginat)

Paper 3: Overstating the Syrian State: an Assessment of pre-2011 Scholarship on Syrian Politics
Dr Thomas Pierret, Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, University of Edinburgh

Paper 4: The Costs of Authoritarian Upgrading and External Linkages: the Case of Syria
Professor Raymond Hinnebusch, Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies and Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Panel 1b Challenges to the GCC Social Contract in the Wake of the Arab Revolutions

Chair: Dr Thomas Hegghammer, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Terrorism Research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

Discussant: Professor Tim Niblock, Professor of Middle East Politics, University of Exeter

Paper 1: Intended and Unintended Consequences of Rent Distribution in the GCC
Dr Steffen Hertog, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, LSE

Paper 2: The Uprising in Bahrain and the post-2011 Sectarian Reality in the Gulf
Dr Toby Matthiesen, Abdullah al-Mubarak Research Fellow in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Paper 3: Genuine Reform or more of the same? Revisiting the Arab Spring in the Gulf
Dennis Kumetat, PhD candidate, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

Paper 4: Authoritarianism and Strategies of Legitimation: Comparative Perspectives on Bahrain and Oman
Dr Marc Valeri, Lecturer in Political Economy of the Middle East, University of Exeter

Paper 5: Saudi Arabia: the Impact of the Arab Uprisings on the Kingdom’s Domestic Political Dynamics and Future Prospects
Professor Tim Niblock, Emeritus Professor of Middle Eastern Politics, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Panel 1c Tunisia: Political Islam, Socio-demography and New Media in the Jasmine Revolution

Chair: Dr Francesco Cavatorta, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Paper 1Explaining the Success of Ennahda in the October 2011 Elections in Tunisia
Dr Francesco Cavatorta, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Paper 2: Social Media and Civic Engagement in the Arab World: The Case of Tunisia
Dr Mohamed Zayani, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Paper 3: The Tunisian media ‘revolution’ under the political transition
Dr Fatima El-Issawi, Visiting Research Fellow, LSE

Panel 1d Palestinian Strategies of Resistance and Development

Chair: Dr Nigel Parsons, Senior Lecturer, Politics Programme, Massey University

Paper 1The Palestinian Authority Strikes Back: Bureaucratic Resistance through Statistics and Planning in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Dr Nigel Parsons, Senior Lecturer, Politics Programme, Massey University

Paper 2: Facets of Resistance and Aspects of Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Dr Sandra Pogodda, Research Fellow, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

Paper 3: Neo-liberalism for Development and Statehood in Palestine: Fayyadism, Aid Dependency and State Building
Alaa Tartir, PhD candidate and Researcher, Department of International Development, LSE

Paper 4: Rethinking Rights, Reconfiguring States: Palestinian Refugees in the Geo-political Restructuring of the Middle East
Dr Ruba Salih, Reader in Gender Studies, SOAS

Panel 1e Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

Chair: Dr Maaike Voorhoeve, Researcher at the Law Faculty, Department of General Jurisprudence, University of Amsterdam

Paper 1: Transitional Justice in Post-revolutionary Tunisia: What ‘Justice’ means in the Tunisian Context of Dealing with the Past
Dr Maaike Voorhoeve, Researcher at the Law Faculty, Department of General Jurisprudence, University of Amsterdam

Paper 2: Exemplary or Exceptional? The Iraqi Transition in the Context of the Arab Spring
Professor Erin Daly, Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law

Paper 3Towards ‘Transitional Justice’? Policy Discourse and Processes in Tunisia and Egypt
Domenica Preysing, PhD candidate, Free University of Berlin

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