CSID 19th Annual Conference



The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy 19th Annual Conference

Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline :  in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism

Thursday April 26, 2018 The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036


8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks


Prof. Asma Afsaruddin
Chair of the Board of Directors, CSID
Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Indiana University


Nader Hashemi
Chair of the Program Committee and Director, of the
Center for Middle East Studies, 
University of Denver


9:15 – 10:30 AM – PANEL 1

Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism

  • Moderator: Dalia Fahmy, Associate professor of political science, LIU Brooklyn
  • Daanish Faruqi, Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University
  • Andrew Miller, Deputy Director for Policy, The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
  • Amy Austin Holmes,  Associate Professor of Sociology at American University in Cairo
  • Mohamed Elmenshawy, Columnist for Al Shorouk News and contributor for mei.edu.

10:30 – 11:00 AM  Coffee and tea break


 11:00 – 12:00 PM – PANEL 2

Piety or Politics? Interpreting the Iran-SaudiRivalry and the Rise of Sectarianism.


  • Moderator: Nader Hashemi, Director, The Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver.
  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)
  • Trita Parsi, President, The National Iranian American Council
  • Mujeeb R. Khan, Ph.D candidate in the Dept of Political Science at UC Berkeley.


12:30 – 2:00 PM – Keynote Luncheon

Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi journalist, columnist, and author

Why the Arab World Needs  Democracy…
Now, more than ever?



Keynote Panel: Where is Turkey Headed? Assessing the State of Democracy in Turkey

  • Moderator: Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University
  • Harun Armağan, Vice Chair of Human Rights at the AK Party
  • Kemal Kirisci, Senior Fellow and Director, Turkey Project, Brookings Institution
  • Gonul Tol, Director of Center for Turkish Studies, at The Middle East Institute


2:00 – 3:30 PM – PANEL 3

Challenges to Democratic Consolidation in Tunisia

  • Moderator : Radwan Masmoudi, President of the Center for the Study ofIslam & Democracy
  • Oussama Sghaier, Member of the Tunisian Parliament and Member of the Political Bureau, Ennahdha Party
  • Khaled Chouket, Member of the Executive Committee of Nidaa Tounes
  • Andrew March, Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard University
  • Eric Brown, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

3:30 – 4:00 PM  Coffee and tea break


4:00 – 5:00 PM – PANEL 4 – Parallel Sessions:

U.S. foreign policy, Neoliberalism, and the Pact Theory

  • Moderator : Qamar-ul Huda, Director of Security & Violent Extremism, Center for Global Policy
  • Dalia Fahmy, “In Flux: U.S.-Egypt Strategic Interests and Military Relations post-Arab Spring”,
  • Colin Powers, “Democratization Imperiled? Stubborn Neoliberalism in Tunisia and the Dangers Therein”
  • Deina Abdelkader, “Democratic Transitions: Are There Recipes for Success?”


Islamic Politics, Populism, and Coalition Building

  • Moderator: Mustafa Gurbuz, Non-resident Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC
  • Emrah Celik, “Power and Islam in Turkey: The Relationship Between AKP Government and Sunni-Islamic Groups, 2002-2015.”
  • Shirin Saeidi, “A Sovereignty of Pleasure: Hardship, Religion and the Politics of Statecraft in Post-2009 Iran,”
  • M. Tahir Kilavuz, “Once Allies, Always Allies: How Coalition Building Under Authoritarianism Shape Democratic Transitions in the MENA,”

5:15 – 5:30 pm – Closing Remarks


Radwan A. Masmoudi
Founder and President
Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy

Co-Sponsored by:

University of Denver




  • Dr. Asma Afsaruddin

    Asma Afsaruddin is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID).

  • Dalia Fahmy

    Dr. Dalia Fahmy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Island University where she teaches courses on US Foreign Policy, World Politics, International Relations, Military and Defense Policy, Causes of War, and Politics of the Middle East. Dr.

  • Khaled Chouket

    Dr. Khaled Chouket, is a former Tunisian minister and deputy and one of the current leaders of Nidaa Tounes Party. Born in Sfax in 1969. Graduated in International law and political sciences from Oujda university in Morocco and Leiden university in the Netherlands.

  • Jamal Khashoggi

    A contributor to the Washington Post’s Global Opinions, Jamal began his career as a correspondent for the English language Saudi Gazette. Between 1987-90,

  • Amy Holmes

    Amy Austin Holmes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. She began teaching there in 2008, after finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. She has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University, Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany.

  • Mohamed Elmenshawy

    Mohamed Elmenshawy is Washington-based political commentator / journalist focusing on U.S. and major Middle East issues. Elmenshawy held senior positions with respected Arab media outlets such as Alaraby TV, Shorouk News and Taqrir Washington.  

  • Andrew Miller

    Andrew is the deputy director for policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has nearly 10 years of experience working on the Middle East for the U.S.

  • Hussein Ibish

    Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a weekly columnist for The National (UAE) and is also a regular contributor to many other U.S. and Middle Eastern publications.

  • Trita Parsi

    Trita Parsi is an award winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East.

  • Nader Hashemi

    Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

  • Dr. Radwan Masmoudi

    Radwan A. Masmoudi is the Founder and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), a Washington-based non-profit think tank dedicated to promoting democracy in the Muslim world. Radwan is also Advisor to Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi on US-Tunisian Relations.

  • Andrew March

    Andrew F. March is a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, and Law and Social Change Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard University.

  • Eric Brown

    Tunisia and the U.S. Must Stick Together

  • Colin Powers

    Colin Powers is a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research interests primarily concern political Islam, Islamist economics, the international political economy of (under)development, and neoliberalism’s effects on democracy.

  • Deina Abdelkader

    Deina Abdelkader is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (2016-current), previously a Visiting Scholar at Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University (2014-2016).

  • Emrah Celik

    Emrah Çelik received his PhD at Keele University, United Kingdom in 2015. The PhD research was on negotiation of Muslim identities, expressions, and practices in the modern secular world specifically in Turkey among university students.

  • M. Tahir Kilavuz

    He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Kemal Kirisci

    Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies.

  • Shirin Saeidi

    Part-time lecturer at George Mason University George Mason University. She recently completed my post-doctoral fellow at the Kate Hamburger Kolleg Center for Global

  • Oussama Sghaier

    Mr. Oussama Sghaier was elected to serve on the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) in October 2011. During his time in the NCA, Mr.

  • Gonul Tol

    Gönül Tol is the founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies.

  • Harun Armağan

    Harun Armagan is At the k Party Deputy Chairman of Human Rights, and previously served as spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party.

The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy 19th Annual Conference
Authoritarianism and Democratic Decline :  in the Age of Sectarianism and Populism
Thursday April 26, 2018 The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036