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Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Responses and Perspectives

Since 2011, Turkey has received more than three million Syrian refugees, the largest community of Syrians displaced by the conflict. This has had significant economic, political, security, social, and foreign policy challenges for Turkey. This talk by Dr. Zulfukar Aytac Kisman (Firat University) will focus on the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey’s perspective and analyze the Turkish response to the crisis, policies developed, and the need for more rigorous planning. Read More

Hala Aldosari

A Road Less-Traveled: Feminism and Advocacy in Saudi Arabia

Hala Aldosari, women’s rights activist and scholar, will discuss ten key messages for feminists and activists struggling to make a difference. Beyond describing the advocacy and public campaigns in Saudi Arabia, the talk will draw on significant personal insights and reflections, and provide a snapshot of an eventful journey that is attempting to organize thought and action. Read More

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The US in Yemen: What We Know, What We Don’t and What It Means for Rights Protection

With Congress increasingly engaged on the question of US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the coalition’s role in exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, this talk will explore both the legal and policy avenues open to rights advocates for pushing the US to adopt more rights-respecting policies and practices in Yemen and in counter-terror efforts in MENA more broadly. Read More

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Islamic Constitutionalism: Not Secular. Not Theocratic. Not Impossible.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes will explain her current project, proposing a structure for Islamic constitutionalism that is inspired by Islamic jurisprudence and Muslim history, yet designed for contemporary realities. This structure is conceptually different from the typical “Islamic state” imagined by modern political Islam movements, as it is built upon the pre-colonial separation of Muslim lawmaking power: siyasa, made by rulers, and fiqh, articulated by religious legal scholars. Read More