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Ali Mirsepassi: ‘The “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran’

Ali Mirsepassi: ‘The “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran’

Ali Mirsepassi (NYU) delivered a public lecture titled ‘the “Human Sciences” on Trial in Iran‘ at the London School of Economics on 7th November 2013. Here is the short abstract of  lecture:  Why the “human sciences” have become the target of a major government crackdown in Iran today. This talk will focus thematically upon a specific conceptual shift. Today’s religious-reformist intellectuals articulating ...

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A Review of the Resource Curse Literature

A Review of the Resource Curse Literature

Michael L. Ross (UCLA) has posted The Politics of the Resource Curse: A Review on SSRN. Ross has published extensively on the political and economic problems of resource-rich countries, most importantly The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations (Princeton 2012). Here is the abstract: This essay discusses the intellectual roots of the resource curse literature, explains ...

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Panel Discussion: Analyzing the Iranian Presidential Election

Panel Discussion: Analyzing the Iranian Presidential Election

The Stimson Center and the Heinrich Böll Foundation co-hosted a panel discussion on June 17, 2013 in Washington DC. which focused on the results of the 2013 presidential election in Iran. “While none of the panelists predicted Hassan Rouhani’s election would result in a “new democratic Iran,” all believed the new president would be able to implement some degree of ...

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New Book: ‘Muslim Secular Democracy’

Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within Edited by Lily Zubaidah Rahim (University of Sydney) Published by Palgrave Macmillan March 20, 2013 Sample chapter [PDF] Description: Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within provides an expansive understanding of secularism in the Muslim World by exploring different trajectories and varieties of secularism, from the failed authoritarian secular state of Pahlavi Iran and the ...

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Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

New draft paper by Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz, and Barbara Geddes examines how oil revenues promote autocratic survival: Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival [PDF] Here is the abstract: Does oil income stabilize autocratic regimes? While the conventional wisdom claims that oil wealth prolongs autocratic rule by hindering democratization, recent challenges to this claim suggest that no relationship between oil and ...

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Report on Internet Censorship in Iran: ‘After the Green Movement’

Report on Internet Censorship in Iran: ‘After the Green Movement’

A new report produced by the Citizen Lab as part of the OpenNet Initiative, details the Iranian regime’s increasing Internet Surveillance and censorship and its extensive filtering system since the 2009 post election green wave of protests. The report was authored by Matthew Carrieri and Saad Omar Khan. Excerpt from the conclusion: The next twelve months are likely to be ...

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Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

On January 28, 2013, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs held a panel discussion entitled “Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies” with Jocelyne Cesari, Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center, Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, José Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and Nader ...

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Iran Tribunal Published Its Final Judgment

Iran Tribunal Published Its Final Judgment

The Iran Tribunal, a symbolic, non-binding legal tribunal, particularly focused on the decade of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran against political prisoners throughout the 1980s, has published its final judgement. The Iran Tribunal comprised of two stages: a ‘Truth Commission’ and the ‘Tribunal’. The Commission (June 2012) collected statements, witnessed documents and dossiers and produced ...

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New Study on the Role of ICTs in Iran’s Green Movement

New Study on the Role of ICTs in Iran’s Green Movement

A new working paper from the Centre for Development Informatics at the University of Manchester analyses the role played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Iran’s Green Movement, applying actor-network theory (ANT), specifically Michel Callon’s “four moments of translation” (Problematisation, Interessement, Enrolment, and Mobilisation): ICTs and Social Movements under Authoritarian Regimes: An Actor-Network Perspective [PDF] By Richard Heeks and ...

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