IDCAR at the DAVO

From 24-26 September 2015, the 22nd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) was held at Ruhr University in Bochum.

From 24-26 September 2015, the 22nd International Conference of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) was held at Ruhr University in Bochum. IDCAR team members, André Bank and Maria Josua, organized two panels on IDCAR-related topics with a special focus on the Middle East. Researchers from the IDCAR network but also from other universities have contributed to the panels. Presentations in the panel “International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes in the Middle East” examined regional organizations, regional coalitions around autocratic policies, and autocratic coalitions in military interventions. Presentations in the panel “Legitimation, Repression and Protests: Evidence from the Arab world” offered new conceptual approaches as well as case studies from Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

Presenters and paper titles from the IDCAR team included:

André Bank: Comparative Area Studies and the Study of Middle East Politics after the Arab Uprisings

May Darwich: Constructing the Threat: A Neoclassical Realist Approach to Autocratic Cooperation

Maria Josua: Failed Legitimation, Resilient Authoritarianism: Managing the Crisis of Legitimacy in the Algerian “Arab Uprising”