CFP: Armed Groups and the Arab Spring (Challenges and Opportunities)

Dear All,

The German Middle East Studies Association is organizing its 19th International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East in Erlangen from 4-6 October, 2012. I am organizing a panel titled “Armed Groups and the Arab Spring: Challenges and Opportunities”. Here is the abstract:

As the Arab Spring triggered unprecedented regional events, the majority of the subsequent intellectual and political discourse has chosen to focus on post-revolution institutional and governance issues. While such discussions are critical for ensuring the ‘success’ of the revolution, it ignores key regional (power) stakeholders, namely, armed (non-state) groups. With changing alliances, rising Islamists and fragile state institutions, this panel explores the future of armed groups in a tumultuous Middle East. The panel will specifically focus on how regional events have (or promise to) impact strategies, organizational characteristics, structures and operational logic of armed non-state groups.

You are welcome to submit a paper abstract (300 words) for this panel to by June 4th, 2012. Use the above forms while submitting your paper proposal and registration.

Also, it would be great if you could forward it to your departmental email lists. 

For more information on the submission and registration visit:


Somdeep Sen 

Somdeep Sen

PhD Fellow, Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen
Oster Farimagsgade 5
Office: 18.3.12
1353 Copenhagen, Denmark
Office Phone: +45 35 32 37 93      
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Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network). He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores the Bangsamoro society as he heads the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament. Visit for more details.