A book on the Arab Spring, research on "fortress embassies," and more.
The social media revolution has been integral to communication across the Muslim world. From the Arab Spring and active youth engagement to extremist recruitment and networking, digital diplomacy and social media use have transformed the communication paradigm in international relations.
This project will critically analyze evolving public opinion in the MENA toward the U.S. and western foreign policy and consider its implications for the Arab spring, foreign policy processes, and peace and stability.
The August 2016 must-reads in PD scholarship from Bruce Gregory
In the midst of all this turmoil, Arab diplomacy has been strangely absent. Some Arab countries have been providing military support for different protagonists in different conflicts, notably in Libya, Yemen, and in the war against terrorism in Syria and Iraq. Where, however, is Arab diplomacy? What diplomatic efforts are being made in every one of these cases are being led by non-Arabs or non-Arab organizations.
Over the long term, it will be crucial to turn off the IS recruiting faucet. Doing so will require counterterrorism officials to better understand that that the “snuff videos” for which IS has become so well-known are not the principal enlistment tools. Rather than “come kill,” the strongest message is “come build the caliphate.”
Philip Seib cautions against unfounded optimism about the decline of IS.