Leading Specialists Discuss the Future of the Middle East: Honoring Professor Leonard Binder

Leading Specialists Discuss the Future of the Middle East:  Honoring Professor Leonard Binder

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sequoia Room, UCLA Faculty Center

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Honoring Professor Leonard Binder, 
five leading specialists will discuss the future of the Middle East.

Schedule of Events

1:30 - 1:45    Welcome & Introduction
Steven Spiegel, Director of UCLA CMED, UCLA Political Science Professor
Chris Erickson, Senior Associate Vice Provost & Director of UCLA's International Institute

1:45 – 3:15    The Future of the Middle East
Determinants of Authoritarian Rule: Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University​ 
When Political Ideas Threatens States: Lawrence Rubin, Georgia Tech
A Vision of Islamic Humanism & Liberalism: Abdulkader Sinno, Indiana University, Wilson Center
The New Counterterrorism: Heidi Lane, U.S. Naval War College
The Growing Influence of China: Robert Bianchi, University of Chicago Law School

3:15 - 3:30    Break

3:30 - 4:00    Tribute to Professor Leonard Binder
Amanda Rizkallah, UCLA Political Science, PhD Candidate
Jerrold Green, President and Chief Executive, Pacific Council
Richard Anderson, UCLA Political Science Professor
John Zaller, UCLA Political Science Professor
Yvette Hovsepian- Bearce, UCLA Islamic Studies, 2013
Jeff Lewis, UCLA Political Science Chair
Leonard Binder, UCLA Islamic Studies Professor Emeritus

Professor Leonard Binder is an internationally known specialist on Middle East politics and Islamic political thought. He is a founding member and has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). He has been a member of both the Comparative Politics and the Middle East Studies committees of the Social Science Research Council. He has served as department Chair at both the University of Chicago and UCLA, as well as director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. He has done field research in Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Pakistan. Professor Binder is the author of Religion and Politics in Pakistan (1961), Iran: Political Development in a Changing Society (1962), The Ideological Revolution in the Middle East (1964), In a Moment of Enthusiasm: Political Power and the second Stratum in Egypt (1978), and Islamic Liberalism (1988). Professor Binder retired in 2012.

Parking & Directions

Directions to the UCLA Faculty Center can be found here. Pay-by-space parking available in Lot 2. 


This event is a part of the Center for Middle Eastern Development Seminar Series, co-sponsored with the UCLA Political Science Department, the UCLA International Institute, and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA International Institute, Political Science