The Arab Political Science Network (APSN) organized its inaugural Research Development Workshop on April 11, 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon. The workshop was hosted by the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and brought together 20 PhD students and faculty members. The cost of participation including travel, lodging, and meals were covered by a contribution from the Ford Foundation, the Bobst-AUB Collaborative Initiative and an APSA alumni grant.
The one-day program featured intense discussion and critical feedback on research manuscripts by six early-career Arab scholars from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. Each author was paired with a designated discussant to review their manuscript and provide constructive feedback to develop their research. Each paper received 45 minutes of comments and suggestions from all attendees in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. The papers revolved around one of the below themes:
• Authoritarianism and Authoritarian Resilience
• Protest, Collective Action, and Mobilization
• Foreign Policy and Regional Dynamics in the Middle East
• Cities and Urban Politics in the Arab World
The workshop was organized to coincide with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) Conference held in Beirut from April 12-14, 2019, allowing participants the opportunity to take part in this key forum in the Arab world and network with colleagues in their fields of interests.