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A NOCMES Lecture by Prof. Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and International Studies,

Denison University

This presentation, based on extensive ethnographic research conducted with Syrian refugees in Germany in the past year, will analyze the narratives of refugees on border crossing and the agency they employed as they made their way into Europe. Their narratives will be juxtaposed with more dominant public discourses that represent them as invisible and disposable others. We will examine the meaning and practice of border crossing and argue that as the refugees continued to move within Syria into Turkey, and across the Mediterranean into Europe, they were constantly negotiating and redefining the meaning of both “refuge” and “border”; they were actively contesting the rigidity of these increasingly militarized, technologized and exclusionary borders. I will discuss the challenges the refugees’ agency and narratives pose not only to our conceptions of what it means to be refugees especially Arab and Muslim refugee women, but to the simultaneous rigidity and malleability of borders. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Cleveland State University

Student Center 311 A-B

“Making sense of Iraq, Syria, and ISIS?” 

A NOCMES conversation with Anand Gopal 

What happened after the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. What ever happened after the surge? Where did ISIS come from? Is ISIS in Iraq different than in Syria. Gopal is writing a material history of contemporary Iraq.


Come learn about his research and work. 

Anand Gopal is the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He reports on the Middle East for the Atlantic, Harpers, and other publications. He is a fellow at the New America Foundation. 


Here's a recent article on this topic by Anand in The Atlantic 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Kent State University

Oscar Ritchie Hall 250 

"The Next President's Foreign Policy Inbox"

Anand Gopal, journalist, writer, and academic. He is the author of author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes 

Kathryn Lavelle, Ph.D., Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

Qingshan Forrest Tan, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Cleveland State University

Regardless of which candidate prevails on November 8, the next President of the United States (U.S.) will inherit a complicated international landscape and mounting global problems. The Syrian civil war shows no signs of ending, with a U.S. brokered cease-fire having recently failed and ISIS continuing attacks in the Middle East and around the glove. The United Kingdom will begin Brexit talks with the European Union in early 2017, testing the strength of both a key ally and stability of a key trade partner. Meanwhile, the U.S. relationships with China and Russia continue to betray tensions, as the Chinese military expands and Putin's ambitions grow. And while Latin America is dealing with the fallout from the end of its commodities fueled boom, migration out of the African continent continues unabated.


What should the main international priorities be for the next U.S. President? Join us, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a free conversation on the foreign policy issues facing our next president.

This discussion will be moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.


Thursday, November 10, 7pm 

Location: The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102

This series is presented with the generous support of an anonymous donor and the Dean of the College of Arts of Sciences of Kent State, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University.

In collaboration with NOCMES, The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Happy Dog, IPM, and WCPN. 

A NOCMES Lecture by Pascal Menoret,

Professor of Anthropology,

Brandeis University 

How and why did Saudi activists embrace Islamism, since they already live in what claims to be an Islamic state? How do they organize and mobilize followers in a highly repressive environment? This talk will answer these two questions by looking closely at the 2005 municipal elections, which were won in the major cit-ies by Islamist lists. What network made the elections? How did Islamists mobi-lize despite a draconian electoral code? What is the importance of local elec-tions in the longer history of Saudi Islamism? 

Friday, November 11, 2016


Case Western Reserve University

Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom

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