The Challenge of the “Islamic State” (ISIS): What Should the U.S. and the International Community Do?

November 12, 2014
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Professor Bernard HaykelNear Eastern Studies; Professor Amaney JamalPolitics; Professor Michael ReynoldsNear Eastern Studies

Moderated by Professor Robert GeorgePolitics

Bernard Haykel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton University. His primary research interests center on intellectual, political, and social history of the Middle East with particular emphasis on the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its pre-modern and modern manifestations. He is author of Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani, (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and co-editor of Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change, to be published by Cambridge University Press in January 2015.  He has received numerous prizes, including a Carnegie Corporation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He appears frequently in print and broadcast media, including PBS, Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and The New York Times. He earned his PhD at Oxford University.

Amaney A. Jamal is the Edward S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. She currently is President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Her interests also include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the United States. Jamal’s books include Barriers to Democracy, which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization); and, as coauthor, Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (2007) and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009). Her most recent book, Of Empires and Citizens, was published by Princeton University Press in Fall 2012. In addition to her role as director of Princeton’s Workshop on Arab Political Development, Jamal is a co-director of Princeton’s Luce Project on Migration, Participation, and Democratic Governance in the U.S., Europe, and the Muslim World. She also has served as the principal investigator of the Arab Barometer Project, and is winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics (Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010).  She is co-PI of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study, and senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) and Global Islam (2010). In 2005, she was named a Carnegie Scholar. She earned her PhD at the University of Michigan.

Michael A. Reynolds is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His research areas include Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history, Russian and Eurasian history, the Caucasus, international relations, empire, nationalism, Turkish foreign policy, and US foreign policy. He is the author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-winner of the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize, a Financial Times book of the summer, and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He holds a BA in Government and Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard University, an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Robert P. George is McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton University and is the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  He is vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.  Among his books are Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1995), The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis (2002), and Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (2013).  His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics.  He is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, divinity, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science.  A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in Theology from Harvard and a doctorate in Philosophy of Law from Oxford University.


The Challenge of the “Islamic State” (ISIS): What Should the U.S. and the International Community Do?


McDonnell Hall A01

Cosponsored by:

  • The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice
  • The Workshop on Arab Political Development

Photo Album:

  • Haykel, Jamal, and Reynolds on ISIS
  • Haykel, Jamal, and Reynolds on ISIS
  • Haykel, Jamal, and Reynolds on ISIS