Middle East Authoritarianism and the subversion of Western democracy

31 May 2023


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh

Why the US Should Support Democracy in the Muslim World, and How?
8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks

Prof. Asma Afsaruddin - Chair of the CSID Board

Prof. Dalia Fahmy - Chair of the Program Committee

9:15 - 9:45 AM - Opening Speaker

Keynote Speaker (TBD)

9:45 - 11:15 AM - PANEL 1:

The Cost of Authoritarianism: Assessing U.S. Mideast Policy over the Long Term

Moderator: Dalia Fahmy - Associate professor of political science, LIU Brooklyn

Mustafa Akyol - Senior Fellow, CATO

Shadi Hamid - Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Sarah Leah Whitson - Executive Director, Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN)

Wa’el Alzayat - Executive Director, EmGAGE

11:15 - 12:00 PM - PANEL 2:

Middle East Authoritarianism and the subversion of Western democracy

A Conversation with David Kirkpatrick

The New Yorker Magazine

Moderator: Nader Hachemi, Director, The Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Speakers:

Democratic Backsliding and Threats to Democracy in the Arab World

Damon Wilson - President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Amaney A. Jamal - Dean, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs,

Princeton University

Moderator: Radwan Masmoudi

Founder and President of President, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy

1:30 - 3:00 PM - PANEL 3

Political Islam and Democracy: A 45-year Retrospective

Moderator: Dan Brumberg, Georgetown University

Jocelyne Cesari - Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School

Deina Abdelkader - Assoc. Professor, Political Science Dept., University of Massachusetts Lowell

William Scott Harrop - Doctoral candidate, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

Ismail Numan Telci, Vice President, Center for Middle eastern Studies, ORSAM, Turkey

Omair Anas - Director of Research, Centre for Studies of Plural Societies, India

3:00 - 3:15 PM Coffee and tea break

3:15 - 4:45 PM - PANEL 4

The Role of Islamic Values in Building a Just Society and Political System

Moderator: Asma Afsaruddin - University of Indiana

Mark Tessler - Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Youssef Chouhoud - Assist. Professor, Political Science, Christopher Newport University

Lindsay Benstead - Director, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University

Marko Veković - Professor and Executive Editor Politics and Religion Journal, Belgrade, Serbia

Andrew March - Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Keynote Speech

The Future of Democracy in the Arab World

Keynote Speaker:

Mohamed Moncef Marzouki

Former President of Tunisia

5:30 pm - Closing Remarks

Emgage and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 1, 2023 (All day)
Sponsored By: 
Emgage and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC