U.S. Engagement in MENA

What changes should be suggested to post-9/11 U.S. engagement in MENA?

With the nature of post-9/11 U.S. engagement in MENA shifting from a primarily military and security role, what other opportunities exist for different types of support and collaboration?  Elizabeth Nugent outlines her thoughts and perspectives on the question.

This video was recorded during the Hollings Center’s dialogue conference Perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changing Middle East.  The dialogue looked at how perceptions of the region have changed as the United States has shifted its role in the region.

Elizabeth Nugent studies the politics and political psychology of authoritarianism and religion in the Middle East. She is the author of After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition, published by Princeton University Press (2020).  The American Political Science Association awarded Nugent the 2022 Robert A. Dahl Award.  It also received and an honorable mention for the 2022 Gregory Luebbert Book Award from the American Political Science Association. The American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and World Politics published previous research.

She is currently writing a book on the politics of exile among Egyptians following the 2011 uprising.  Nugent holds a PhD and MA in politics from Princeton University as well as a BA in Arabic and an MA in Arab studies, both from Georgetown University. She previously served as an assistant professor of political science at Yale University. Prior to that she conducted a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  She also received a Fulbright fellowship in Cairo, Egypt.


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