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The Demise of the Islamist Utopia: What’s Next?

October 10, 2018

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTIslamist movements have dominated popular discussions of opposition and change within Arab politics for the past three...

A Conversation with Hisham Matar

April 9, 2018

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo, and has lived most of his...

Socioeconomic Inequality across Religious Groups in the Middle East

April 2, 2018

 This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTThis talk expounds a book project to study various questions related to the long-standing socioeconomic inequality...

Arab Barometer Wave IV

March 26, 2018

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTThe Arab Barometer is the first and largest project of its kind that gives voice to the opinions and concerns of...

We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

January 9, 2018

This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTHow can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria?

Saudi Arabia: Can Economic Reform Succeed without Political Change?

November 15, 2017

ABSTRACTThe formation of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission and the arrest of dozens of princes and former ranking officials have brought to focus the prospects for political and economic...

Taiwan's White Terror from the Vantage of Fiction: A Reading and Discussion

May 1, 2017

Green Island: A NovelA stunning story of love, betrayal, and family set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the 20th century. February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family...

Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan

September 26, 2016

AbstractThe existence of two Chinese states—one controlling mainland China, the other controlling the island of Taiwan—is often understood as a seemingly inevitable outcome of the Chinese civil war...

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

September 16, 2016

  This discussion will be based on the authors' recently published book, Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years, Lynne Rienner Publishing (2016).AbstractAt the end of Chen Shui...

Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy

September 16, 2016

This talk will be based on Professor Lin's new book, Taiwan's China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy, Stanford University Press (2016). ...

The Politics of Emotions: France’s Responses to the 2015 Terrorist Attacks

March 18, 2016

How do democratic societies respond to acts of terror?

Dancing in Jaffa: Film screening and Q&A with Pierre Dulaine

May 30, 2015

Abstract:Screening of the award winning documentary 'Dancing in Jaffa' starring Pierre Dulaine who will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A session following the film.

Talk by ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine

May 29, 2015

Abstract:Ballroom dancing legend Pierre Dulaine will discuss his 'Dancing Classrooms' method which he applied in his award winning documentary 'Dancing in Jaffa' to bring Arab and Jewish children...

The End(s) of Compassion? Buddhist Charity and the State in Taiwan

April 17, 2015

ABSTRACTThe Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi (Ciji) Foundation from Taiwan is perhaps one of the largest Buddhist charities in the Chinese world today.

Book Talk: "The Shared Society" feat. Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo

April 16, 2015

**Watch livestream here***Purchase book here*Watch live streaming video from bccconferencechannel at livestream.comAbstractLatin America has gone through a major transformation in the past two...

Electoral Politics and Cross-Strait Relations

March 9, 2015

AbstractCross-Strait relations play an important role in electoral politics in Taiwan.

The Politics of Polarization: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective

October 17, 2014

Over the past year and more, Taiwan’s political elite has been deadlocked over the question of deepening economic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

All Our Relations: Indigenous Rights Movements and the Bureaucratization of Indigeneity in Taiwan

October 3, 2014

AbstractTaiwan’s indigenous social movement, active since the 1980s, has successfully lobbied to get indigenous rights included in the Republic of China Constitution, to create a cabinet level...

Global Health and Local Governance in Rural Malawi

May 1, 2014

Abstract: Public health is widely understood to be both inherently political and easily politicized, yet few studies have examined how global health interventions actively, if unintentionally, co...

From Paris to Sacaca: A Human Rights Genealogy

April 23, 2014

AbstractThe trajectory of human rights in the contemporary world is one in which ideas and cultural practices constitute each other in ways that can bedevil theorists and empirical researchers...

Why Government Fails So Often, and How It Can Do Better

April 17, 2014

Abstract: Professor Schuck's new book first identifies the endemic  ineffectiveness of much federal domestic policy as a major cause of public disaffection with Washington.  This disaffection has...

Regionalism and State Weakness

February 6, 2014

  Abstract: Scholars of state development have paid insufficient attention to the question of regionalism; too often modeling state-building as the extension of the authority of a 'center' over...

A Postscript to the 1943 Cairo Conference: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Chinese Dilemma

December 6, 2013

 Abstract: That the Cairo Conference has been overshadowed by the wartime summits at Teheran and Yalta is understandable given the start of the Cold War in Europe almost immediately after the...

The Changing Field of Power in Post-Martial Law Taiwan

November 8, 2013

Abstract: Professor Gold will make a presentation that is part of a larger book project that applies the theory of fields as elaborated by Pierre Bourdieu, Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam to the...

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Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Saumitra Jha Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Edgar Franco Vivanco Pre-doctoral Fellow, CDDRL
Alice Underwood Pre-doctoral Fellow, CDDRL
Leah R. Rosenzweig Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, CDDRL