Nathan J. Brown

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Middle East Program
tel +1 202 994 2123 fax +1 202 483 4462
Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics.
 

Education

PhD, MA, Princeton University
BA, University of Chicago

Languages

Arabic; English

Contact Information

 

Nathan J. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics. Brown brings his special expertise on Islamist movements, Egyptian politics, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism to Carnegie. Brown’s latest book, Arguing Islam After the Revival of Arab Politics, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and his previous book, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, was published by Cornell University Press in early 2012. His current work focuses on religion, law, and politics in the Arab world.

In 2013, Brown was named a Guggenheim Fellow; four years earlier, he was named a Carnegie scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. For the 2009–2010 academic year, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to his academic work, Brown serves on the board of trustees at the American University in Cairo. He has previously served as an advisor for the committee drafting the Palestinian constitution, USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs. For 2013-2015 he is president of the Middle East Studies Association, the academic association for scholars studying the region.

Brown is the author of Between Religion and Politics (with Amr Hamzawy, Carnegie 2010); Resuming Arab Palestine (University of California Press, 2003); Constitutions in a Non-Constitutional World: Arab Basic Laws and Prospects for Accountable Government (SUNY Press, 2001); and The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Arab States of the Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 1997). He also edited The Dynamics of Democratization  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

  • Oxford University Press November 17, 2016
    Arguing Islam After the Revival of Arab Politics

    In the wake of the Arab Spring, newer media and older forms (such as the daily newspaper) have gradually made it easier for Middle East countries to participate in public debates from a variety of ideological perspectives.

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  • Between Religion and Politics
    Washington September 21, 2010
    Between Religion and Politics

    As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda under unfriendly or repressive regimes.

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  • Ultimate Political Authority: The Struggle for Power in 21st Century Egypt
    December 3, 2021 Live Online
    Ultimate Political Authority: The Struggle for Power in 21st Century Egypt

    Please join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East program for a public discussion marking the launch of two new books, "Bread and Freedom" and "Lumbering State, Restless Society."

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  • Ultimate Authority: The Struggle for Islamic Institutions in the Arab World
    June 8, 2021 Live Online
    Ultimate Authority: The Struggle for Islamic Institutions in the Arab World

    Please join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East program for a public discussion marking the launch of a new edited volume, “Islamic Institutions in Arab States: Mapping the Dynamics of Control, Co-option, and Contention.”

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  • Virtual Event: Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19
    May 18, 2020 Live Online
    Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19

    COVID-19 creates specific challenges for Muslim religious authorities pertaining to assembly, practice, and policy. With public health measures affecting Muslim worshippers the most during the month of Ramadan, authorities must answer questions from individual citizens and political actors alike.

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  • Religious Authority in the Middle East: Implications for U.S. Policy
    March 19, 2019 Washington, DC 中文
    Religious Authority in the Middle East: Implications for U.S. Policy

    Religious authority is an increasingly influential but poorly understood source of power in governments throughout the Middle East. Who speaks for Islam in the region? How do Islamists and fundamentalists harness and exert religious authority, despite Islam’s largely decentralized power structure?

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  • One State/Two States: Pathways for the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute
    September 18, 2018 Washington, DC
    One State/Two States: Pathways for the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

    U.S. policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is shifting rapidly. Today, the idea of a two-state solution is under serious challenge due to political shifts in the Israeli and Palestinian camps, changes on the ground, and changes in the U.S. stance.

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  • Revitalizing Palestinian Nationalism
    July 13, 2017 Washington, DC
    Revitalizing Palestinian Nationalism

    Fifty years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, repeated efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have faltered, and the traditional instruments of Palestinian nationalism face crises of confidence.

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  • Middle East
    November 19, 2014 Brussels
    Europe in the New Middle East

    After the EU floundered in its initial response to the Arab Spring, it now has to reconsider some of the fundamental tenets of its strategic approach to the Middle East.

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  • September 12, 2013 Washington, DC
    Prospects for the Future

    This panel explored on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship twenty years after the Olso accords were signed.

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  • September 12, 2013 Washington, DC
    Twenty Years After Oslo: The Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

    A panel of U.S. and regional experts assess the legacy of the 1993 Oslo Accords and the outlook for progress toward peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • July 31, 2013 Washington, DC
    The New Political Order/Disorder in Egypt

    In the wake of the June 30 popular uprising and the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, a new political order is taking shape in Egypt.

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