Democratization, Authoritarianism and Radicalization: Exploring the Connections

20 Apr 2016


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Early Registration ends on April 8th


8:00 - 8:30 am Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am Welcoming and Opening Remarks

Prof. Asma Asfaruddin - Chair, CSID Board of Directors

Prof. Nader Hashemi - Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver


9:00 - 9:30 am Keynote Presentation

Keith Ellison

United States Representative (D-MN)


9:30 - 10:45 am Panel 1

Panel 1: Countering Extremism, Promoting Democracy

"Iraq's Anti-ISIS Militias: Implications for Democracy" - Hassan Abbas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Analytical Studies at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University (NDU)
"ISIS and Radical Islam: Sources of Their Appeal in Sudan" - Atta El-Battahani and Hafiz Ahmed Abdalla -
"Countering ISIS and Promoting Democracy Among Filipino Youth in Bangsamoro Region" - Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan, Executive Director of the Al Qalam Institute of Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia at Ateneo de Davao University

10:45 am- 11:15 am Coffee and Tea Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel 2

Panel 2: Strategizing Democratization

"Promoting Democracy in the Face of Autocratic Meltdown and the Rise of Geosectarianism and Jihadism" - Kamran Bokhari, Fellow, Program on Extremism, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University, and Senior Lecturer, Security and Policy Institute, Univ. of Ottawa
"Citizenship and Authoritarianism in Saudi Arabia After the Arab Spring" - Natana DeLong-Bas, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Theology Department & Islamic Civilization and Societies, Boston College
"Aspirations for a Dignified Life: Palestinians in a Post-National World" - Maria Holt, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Westminster
"The Influence of Ghannouchism on Malaysian Political Parties" - Maszlee Malik, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiqh and Usul al­Fiqh, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Banquet Luncheon

Abdelfattah Mourou
Vice President of the Tunisian Parliament

Anne Patterson (Invited)
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel 3

Panel 3: Islam, Moral Authority, and Political Rights

"Palestine-Israel and the Neoliberal Ideal" - Luke Peterson, Visiting Assistant Professor in History, The University of Pittsburgh
"Preserving Stability in Jordan" - Anja Wehler-Schoeck, Resident Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Jordan & Iraq
"The Challenge of 'Daesh' and Rebuilding the House of Islam" - Rashid Shaz, Professor & Director, Centre for Promotion of Educational & Cultural Advancement of Muslims, Aligarh Muslim University, India
"Negotiated moral authority in the struggle against violent Islamic dogma" - Alexs Thompson, Ph.D., Middle Eastern/Religious Studies, University of Chicago

3:30-4:00 p.m. Coffee and Tea Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel 4


The Future of Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring

John Voll, Professor, Georgetown University
Nathan Brown, Professor, George Washington University
Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Amy Hawthorne, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
William Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

5:30-5:45 pm Closing Remarks

Prof. Tamara Sonn - Chair, CSID Program Committee

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day)
Sponsored By: 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036
Renaissance Hotel 999 9th Street, NW Washington DC 20001