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Affiliates' Call for Papers

Peace and Conflict in Today’s Middle East: Addressing the Current Crisis in Iraq and Syria
Henry Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan
Friday & Saturday, November 14 and 15, 2014

The Symposium will provide participants with a deeper understanding of events in Syria and Iraq, the region, and the world. The various speakers and panels aim to tie together the crisis issues, the powers involved, and the possible solutions to develop a comprehensive view of the rise of extremism (ISIS) in war -torn regions and the consequences of mismanagement on the world. Panels will also examine the potential dangers that such events have on radicalizing individuals and groups outside the war zone, and address their concerns while promoting democratic civil society and peace building across the communities. Conference Fee: $50 (Fee covers Friday Dinner, Saturday Light Breakfast and
Lunch Saturday. Conference is otherwise open to public)

Be sure to Select "Peace and Conflict in Today's Middle East: Symposium ($50)" on the website above. For more information Contact Dr. Ali Awadi at: agawadi1@hfcc.edu or 313.317.6825

Henry Ford College, Mazzara Administrative and Conference Center Building, Forfa Auditorium, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn Michigan 48128


ICPA 2014 Call for Paper

Please see the Call for Papers.


Invitation WOCMES-4.pdf (PDF — 224 KB)
Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-4)
Ankara, Turkey, 18-22 August 2014

Please see the Call for Papers

Second International Conference on Democratic Governance in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
Conference Theme: Issues, Constraints, and Opportunities in Democratic Governance  
Place: Kigali, Rwanda  
Dates: June 25-27, 2014

The purpose of this conference is to bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (economics, sociology, public administration, political economy, business, anthropology, law, political science, information technology, journalism, international relation, education, public heath, etc.) to collectively explore the multiple facets of the problems and emerging opportunities of democratic governance around the world. Interested scholars and practitioners in economic development and democratic governance are invited to share their experiences, discuss their perspectives, and present concrete proposals to help advance democratic governance in developing nations. More specifically, participants of the conference are encouraged to present papers and participate in group discussions on developing strategies for building sustainable democratic governance practices in developing countries. Since Rwanda is the host country, presentations on the problems of post-conflict societies are particularly welcome. The issues conference participants could address in their papers include, but are not limited to:

The importance of home-grown initiatives and practices in building sustainable democratic governance
Problems of social capital, political capacities, and democratic identity in participatory democracy
The role of local and national political culture in democratic governance
Lessons learned from worldwide home-grown initiatives in promoting democratic governance

Citizen participation in democratic governance processes
Role of the youth in building sustainable healthy communities
The role of women in fostering development / democratic governance
The role of civil society organizations and NGOs in democratic governance
The information and communication technologies / E-governance and citizen participation in democratic governance

Democratic governance and integrity
Problems of corruption and ethics in politics and public service
Problems of transparency and accountability in the local and national governments and in international relations
Micro and macro-corruption in developing nations
Corruption in business practices of international corporations operating in local business and the intersections of these with corruption in governance

Public and private institutions and democratic governance
The role and function of collaborative and participatory forms of public governance in enhancing effective, democratic and innovative public governance.
Challenges of improving public service delivery
Public service and governance
Imitation versus innovation in public administration reforms
Role of educational institutions in advancing democratic governance
Governance and sustainable development
Governance and socio-economic transformation
Poverty and governance

Democratic Process in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
Free and fair elections and their role in decision-making for poverty reduction
Role of media in democratic process
Arab spring and democratic process in Northern Africa and the Middle Eastern region
Governance networks and democracy
Impacts of regional political and economic organisations on governance in Africa, Asia, and other continents
The role of academia in democratic process in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals
The conference program committee welcomes proposals for high-quality conceptual papers, qualitative and quantitative empirical research papers, and policy- and practice-oriented papers. In addition to individual paper proposals, the committee encourages the submission of complete panels consisting of no more than three papers. Panel submissions should bring together complementary papers that address similar research questions or topics. Panel proposals should provide information on the overall theme of the panel and indicate how each of the proposed papers connects to the panel's theme. Proposals from individuals at all stages of their careers are welcome. Proposals by graduate students are particularly encouraged and will be evaluated separately by the program committee. The deadline for submission of proposals is December15, 2014. Proposals will be evaluated by the conference program committee and proposers will be notified of the committee’s decisions via email by January 15, 2014. Email your proposals with your complete contact information, including institutional affiliation, to Dr.Gedeon Mudacumura, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, USA, gmudacumura@cheyney.edu.
The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)
SPECIAL ISSUE on e-Government in Developing and Transitional Countries
Guest Editors: Shahjahan Bhuiyan and Hamid Ali

The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference”, “Business Science Reference”, and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.

In order to accelerate effective and efficient delivery of public goods and services, governments across the world are increasingly using Internet. The adoption of this tool is particularly important for the operation of public administration in both developing and transitional countries to achieve accountability, transparency and citizen participation in public policy-making and implementation and evaluation processes. Keeping this view in mind, we focus on the current state of e-government in developing and transitional countries.     

OBJECTIVE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE: It is evident that technology plays a positive role for the improvement of quality of governmental operations. As a result, the key objective of this special issue is to understand whether the introduction of e-government has improved the governance in developing and transitional countries. This issue also focuses on to understand the reasons behind success and failure of e-government implementation in developing and transitional countries. 

RECOMMENDED TOPICS Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following: •           e-Government and accountability
• e-Government and transparency
• e-Government and corruption control
• e-Government and poverty reduction
• e-Government and community development
• e-Government and citizen participation
• e-Government and the service delivery
• e-Government and human development
• The effects of e-Government and social capital
• e-Government and e-democracy.  

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on e-Government in Developing and Transitional Countries on or before July 15, 2013. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at:  http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf.   All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.  

All submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:  
Shahjahan Bhuiyan, PhD
Associate Professor of Governance Reform
Department of Public Policy & Administration
The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Hamid Ali, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Department of Public Policy & Administration
The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
E-mail: hali@aucegypt.edu  


Bilgi Degri

Special Issue: Public Policy in Theory and in Practice Guest Editor: Özer Köseoğlu (ozerkoseoglu@gmail.com)   A growing interest on public policy studies in Turkey has been observed in recent years. Scholars have been providing the systematic and comprehensive knowledge by publishing books and articles, and organizing workshops and conferences. Moreover, practitioners have increasingly been using a body of tools and methods of public policy analysis. The special issue of Bilgi Journal which will be published in the title of ‘Public Policy in Theory and in Practice’, aims to contribute to the developing public policy literature in Turkey. Theoretical and empirical studies within the global, national and local perspectives will be accepted in this special issue including themes such as public policy education, development of the discipline of public policy, policy problems and decision-making process, governance, networks and public policies and participative policy-making. Additionally, articles concerning  policy analysis that depend on particular theories and/or models in various policy areas such as energy, health, education, housing, environment and agriculture will be welcomed. Fulltext articles should not exceed 8.000 words and must comply with the journal format as indicated at the journal’s website (http://bilgidergi.com/sayfalar.php?dil=en&id=5). The Language of articles can be either English or Turkish. Deadline for submissions: 28 January 2013

About the Journal Published for over 10 years, Bilgi is a peer-reviewed journal and indexed/abstracted in the following scientific databases;
· International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA)
· Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA)
· Index Islamicus
· Academic Search Complete
· ProQuest Political Science
· Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)
· Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
· IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences)
· IBR (International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences)
· ASOS Index


Middle East and North Africa Governance Programme
MENA-OECD Governance Programme

The MENA-OECD Governance Programme would like to announce the launching of the Young Mediterranean Leaders initiative, on the proposal of the European Training Foundation (EFT), and with the support of the European Group for Public Administration and the College of Europe.  The initiative is an exciting opportunity for Young Leaders with expertise in public policy from MENA countries and we strongly encourage you to consider your application and/or to disseminate the information to potential candidates.
For further information on the application procedure and eligibility criteria, please find the call for participation in English and French together with the programme of the 5 Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (MED) on Public Management.
Carlos Conde
Head of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme
Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2013)
Fort Canning Hotel, Singapore
July 9 and 19, 2013

Key Areas of Focus (but not limited to):
  • Law
  • Regulations & Public Policy

Related interest areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  • Trademarks Law
  • Copyright Law
  • R&D and innovation in high-tech
  • Open standards and entrepreneurship
  • Competition in two-sided markets
  • High-tech and anti-trust policy
  • The Internet Search
  • Law of common areas
  • Labour Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Human Rights/Civil Liberty
  • Corporate Finance Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Public Law Fundamentals
  • Transport Law
  • Tourism Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Economics and Trade Law
  • Public Contract Law
  • Law of International Regulations
  • Media Law

  • Public Policy
  • Defense Policy
  • Terrorism and Anti-Drugs Policy
  • Immigration Law including citizenship
  • Criminal Law including foreign and security
  • Webscience, ePrivate Policy
  • Procurement and Business Regulations
  • Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy
  • Regulation, Private Sector Authority and Market Building
  • Public Policies and Behaviour of Economic Agents
  • Interjurisdictional differentials and their effects
  • Development planning and policy
  • Regional Development Policy
  • Social Policy

Global Science & Technology Forum (GSTF)
10 Anson Road, International Plaza, Singapore 079903
DID : +65 6327 0166
Fax : +65 6327 0162

For Registration, Accommodation or Visa Assistance: secretariat@law-conference.org

Sakarya University, Institute for Social Sciences
October 9-11, 2012
Sakarya, Turkey

Institute for Social Sciences of Sakarya University is pleased to announce “1st Middle East International Congress: New Politics and Society” which will be held between 9 and 11 October, 2012 in Sakarya, Turkey. The Middle East is once again under spotlight thanks mainly to the Arab Awakening. The latter refers to a ground breaking chain of events that require radical reworking not only in the Middle Eastern politics but also in the groves of academe, which have largely been caught off guard and oblivious of the new social dynamics of the region. This congress invites observers and students of the region to reconsider and rework not only the highly topical events of the day but also several related phenomena that include citizenry, political action, state building, democratic politics, social legitimacy of authority, social justice, social media, new political consciousness, national self-determination and the post 9/11 international politics of the Middle East. It is vital for the participants to consider that while Europe and the US needed several centuries to develop modern political governance and civil society, the challenge for the Middle Eastern peoples is to press on the means of democratic politics in a much shorter time frame and under perilous conditions. Sakarya University, Institute for Social Sciences invites scholars, public figures and activists of all stripes to join the panels and colloquiums for advancing our understanding of the new dynamics of the region. The language of the Congress will be English, Arabic and Turkish with simultaneous translations provided.
The Opening Speech will be delivered by H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
Some of the major topics of the congress are as follows:
Arab awakening: Revolutions in the Middle East, social media, the role of women in the revolutions, international responses.
Middle eastern politics: fall of the dictators, rise of new social movements, Islamic political parties, elections and problems of democracy-building.
Economy: Energy politics, financial crisis, economic development.
Islam and Society: the rise of new Islamic movements, social Islam vs. political Islam.
Turkey and the Middle East: New Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East.
Palestinian Question: the rise of Jewish radicalism, Palestinian politics after the Arab awakening.
Iran in the regional context: politics of nuclear weapons, Iran in the Middle East
International Politics of the Middle East: the rise and fall of the US projects and vision in the region, Arab Union, European Union and the Middle East.
Important Dates:
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 7 May 2012
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: 4 June 2012
Deadline for Submitting Final Version of Papers: 3 September 2012
Congress: 9 - 11 October 2012
Congress Contacts:

2012 International Conference on Public Administration (ICPA)
October 25-27, 2012, Hyderabad, India
New Frontiers in Public Administration: Practice and Theory

Brazil, Russia, India, China—widely identified as a grouping of countries identified by the acronym BRIC—are often pointed to as emerging super states that are rearranging the world order. In addition, Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population with more than 237 million people, has frequently been proposed as a BRIC candidate due to its large market potential and strong economic performance in recent years. With 43 percent of the world's population and economies that have been resilient during much of the world downturn over the past decade, the BRIC countries have risen with startling speed and are quickly becoming influential actors in world affairs. The BRIC phenomenon raises many questions about the role and significance of public administration in the success of these countries. Are there lessons for developed countries, many of which seem to be facing prolonged economic and social challenges? Are the public administration experiences in the BRIC countries and other emerging economies at the new frontier of practice and theory in the field? If not, is there a new frontier evolving? The 2012 ICPA will explore the administrative dynamics of developing and emerging states and developed countries whose economies and governance are shifting with the uncertainty and turbulence that has gripped the world order in recent years.

Papers and proposals for identifying and meeting these challenges and opportunities are welcomed. Case studies, survey research, best practices, and comparative analyses between and among countries are especially solicited. We are especially receptive to proposals that focus on the sub-themes below but would encourage submissions that bring new ideas and innovative practices to any aspect of the overall conference theme.

Roles of governments and markets
- Supporting and regulating markets
- Meeting the obligations of WTO and other international trade organizations
- Promoting internal economic development
- Sharing the benefits of growth
- Supporting civil society
- Accountability to the public and responsiveness to public needs and expectations
- Relationship between politics and administration
- Decentralisation and devolution

Human Resources
- Identification and assessment of core values
- Building professional administration and merit-based employment
- Influence of demographic change on recruiting and retaining public employees
- Promoting and valuing ethnic diversity
- Talent acquisition
- Introducing and assessing performance management
- Identifying training needs and strategies
- Comparing compensation and benefits across and within work specialties

Ethics and Integrity
- Achieving ethical competency for public service leadership
- Public/private similarities/differences
- Building organizations of integrity
- Promoting ethical standards and professions
- Identifying exemplary leadership styles and models
- Assessing codes of ethics
- Design and implementation of ethics audits
- Developing laws and institutions
- Analyzing the causes and consequences of a culture of corruption
- Measuring corruption
- Comparing and contrasting cultural influences on ethical practices

Budgetary and Fiscal Transactions
- Budgeting during volatile times
- Linking policies to financial implications and setting priorities
- Building a sustainable, equitable and efficient revenue base
- Addressing the varying revenue capacities of sub-national governments
- Strengthening accounting and forecasting techniques
- Balancing revenue generation and expenditures
- Exploring budgetary cycles
- Engaging in performance budgeting, capital budgeting,
- Tracking cost analysis
- Experimenting with techniques such as the balanced scorecard and others

Information Technology
- Outsourcing IT
- Building E-government services
- Adoption and diffusion of new IT technologies
- Developing models of technological change
- Promoting IT transparency and accountability
- Sharing information and IT
- Using IT to promote public participation
- Examining interorganizational collaboration tools
- Managing information overload
- E-governance: Institutional Capacities and Performance

Emergencies and catastrophic events
- Practicing an "all hazards" approach
- Organization and coordination of emergency response
- Strengthening security measures in turbulent circumstances
- Developing effective disaster policies
- Creating rapid crisis response capability
- Building emergency simulations and models
- Assessing risk management strategies

Networks and partnerships
- Identifying key boundary transactions
- Fostering executive leadership in networks
- Promoting networks and collaboration
- Assessing mutual learning models
- Creating networked knowledge agencies
- Sharing electronic communication
- Developing shared services

Urban Governance:
- Assessing metropolitan governance/administration
- Identifying innovative practices in service delivery (water, waste water, sanitation etc)
- Exploring ICT in urban governance/administration
- Fostering civic engagement and participatory planning
- Creating sustainable habitat
- Examining urban knowledge management

International and global challenges
- Designing, refining, and implementing New Public Management
- Learning lessons from abroad
- Examining governance and influence of international organizations
- Fostering development management
- Identifying post-global public administration practice
- Establishing global ethics standards
- Developing global "core competencies" within public administration
All accepted papers will be published in the official Proceedings of 2012 International Conference on Public Administration by Press of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and will be sent to be indexed by ISI Proceedings (Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH, ex-named as Index to Social Science and Humanities Proceedings -ISSHP) through ISI Web of Knowledge in USA. The submitted papers should be written in English with Microsoft Word 2000 or higher edition. Authors should identify the primary subtheme where their abstract/paper should be placed.

Important Dates
Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: June 01, 2012
Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 31, 2012
Paper Acceptance Notification: Before August 31, 2012

(in Microsoft Word) to be e-mailed to:donmenzel@verizon.net , to the attention of: Donald C. Menzel, Ph.D. President: American Society for Public Administration 2005-2006, 3930 Americana Drive, Tampa, Florida 33634, USA, Tel: 001-813-886-6332, Cell: 001-813-951-6079

Registrations are to be emailed to:judymiller@aspanet.org , to the attention of: Judy Miller Senior Director for Conferences and Professional Development ASPA 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Suite 700,Washington, DC 20004, Phone:001-202-585-4306, Fax: 001-202-638-4952

Issues Relating to Letter of Invitation, Visa Application and Accommodations are to be e-mailed to:
pardha_y@yahoo.com , to the attention of: Prof. Y. Pardhasaradhi, Department of Public Administration, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, Phone: 0091-40-27090040, Cell: 0091-9000438090

Conference Venue: Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
Registration Day: October 25, 2012
Conference Days: October 26-27, 2012


Third Annual Middle East Dialogue
Washington, DC
Thursday 21 February, 2013

The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Washington-based Policy Studies Organization (PSO) are pleased to announce the Third Annual Middle East Dialogue (MED) and call for papers. The MED2013 will be held on Thursday 21 February 2013 at the Whittemore House: Washington DC home of The Woman's National Democratic Club.
The theme for the 2013 conference is “New Directions in the Middle East.”The Middle East Dialogue has established an international reputation as a focal point for new research, and a forum for the exchange of opinions and different views about issues of social, political, and economic reforms and development in this vital and strategic part of the world.  In addition, discussions go on concerning women's rights and roles in the new Middle East, and ethnic and interfaith dialogue.

Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to the areas mentioned above. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty minute individual presentations, or round-table discussions on particular topics. Proposals are encouraged to explore present, past and futuristic approaches to these issues and “what if” scenarios, as well as conflict resolution, and problem-solving recommendations.

Proposals of one to two pages should be sent as email attachments, along with a brief CV by September 15, 2012 to Mr. Daniel Gutierrez Sandoval at Policy Studies Organization (PSO), e-mail address is:dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org

Proposals submitted before September 15th will receive notice of approval or rejection by September 30, 2012.  

A panel of reviewers from DOMES International Editorial Board will also recommend select papers for publications in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), published by Wiley-Blackwell.

The early conference registration fee for speakers is $200; $250 for conference attendees, due by October 30. Late registration fee will be $300 (registration fee covers breakfast, refreshments, lunch and concluding reception) payable and mailed to: PSO: 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Tel. (202) 349-9281; Fax (202) 483-2657; www.ipsonet.org). Hotels near the Whittemore House include:Carlyle Suites; Washington Hilton . Mention MED2013 when making reservations. If they receive the minimum required number for group reservations at one or the other they can grant MED2013 conferees discounted room/suite rates. Past loyal supporters and co-sponsors of MED included: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM); American Public University System (APUS); The Next Century Foundation (NCF).  Other institutional, foundations, publishers, or individual sponsors are invited and will be acknowledged and listed on MED2013, PSO and DOMES web sites, program announcements, and the final MED2013 program to be distributed at the conference.

We hope that you will plan to join us in Washington on February 21 in what promises to be another successful gathering of scholars, diplomats and policy makers to discuss issues dealing with this vital part of our global economy and strategy.

Prof. Mohammed Aman, PhD            
Prof. Paul Rich, PhD    
Editor-in-Chief, DOMES                  
President, Policy Studies Organization
Co-Chair, MED2013                      
Co-Chair, MED2013
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee    
Washington, DC


Below is a list of books for review for the next issue of DOMES.  If any of the titles are of interest to you please email me at bbestol@uwm.edu with the title of the book and address you would like it sent to. I will then contact the publisher with your request.  Reviews are due September, 2012. Requests are honored on first requested basis. You don't have to reply to this particular request if not interested. Other future book announcements may interest you.
Iran's Foreign Policy: From Khatami to Ahmadinejad Edited by Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Mahjoob Zweiri ISBN 9780863724152. http://isbs.com/partnumber.asp?cid=&pnid=370349

Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry Edited by Patty Paine, Samia Touati and Jeff Lodge ISBN 9780863723759. http://isbs.com/partnumber.asp?cid=&pnid=370348

The Gulf States: A Modern History By David Commins ISBN 9781848852785

Dynamics of Arab Foreign Policy-making in the Twenty-first Century: Domestic Constraints and External Challenges by Hassan Hamdan Al-Alkim ISBN 9780863564468

The Unique Necklace, Volume III (Al-'Iqd Al-Farid) Translated by Professor Emeritus Isssa J. Boullata, Reviewed by Associate Professor Terri DeYoung ISBN 978-1-85964-239-9

Unveiled Views: Muslim Women Artists Speak Out, A Film by Alba Sotorra http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c781.shtml

Non-Muslims in the Early Islamic Empire From Surrender to Coexistence by Milka Levy-Rubin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem ISBN 978-1-107-00433-7 http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6049637/?site_locale=en_US

The Kurds of Iraq: Building a State Within a State by Ofra Bengio ISBN: 978-1-58826-836-5 https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Kurds_of_Iraq_Building_a_State_Within_a_State

Lebanon Adrift: From Battleground to Playground by Samir Khalaf ISBN: 978-0863564345 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lebanon-Adrift-From-Battleground-Playground/dp/0863564348

The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's Succession Crisis: The Politics of Liberalisation and Reform in the Middle East by Mohammed Zahid ISBN: 9781780762173

Sarmada by Fadi Azzam; translated from the Arabic by Adam Talib ISBN 9781566568623


Official logo of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
26 to 28 September 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation

Participation will be open to all those interested in heritage preservation: government decision-makers and policy planners, practitioners and professionals, as well as academics, legal specialists, information and digital technicians, representatives of the private sector, graduate students in the heritage disciplines, etc.. Participants from developing countries are strongly encouraged to attend
and some financial support may be provided to partially cover their expenses.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of proposed presentations in any areas related to the Challenges listed in this Call for Papers. The presentations should be about original work or research findings/recommendations and take the form of either a traditional paper or an interactive tutorial, seminar, or workshop. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee to ensure that the programme provides significant, timely, and authoritative information. The traditional papers will be allotted 20-minute each and delivered in thematic sessions concluded by a commentary and a discussion. The tutorials, seminars or workshops will be allotted 3 hours each. The presentations should advance the state of knowledge in the areas and issues described in this flyer. The conference languages are English and French.

The Abstract:
• a 500-word abstract that clearly identifies the content of the presentation.
• a maximum 100-word biographical sketch of the primary author
• mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail for the primary author
• names and titles of co-author(s)
• format preference: traditional or interactive

The deadline for abstract submission is February 29, 2012. Upon notice of acceptance, authors will be sent detailed instructions for submitting the full text of the paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Please note that each author is responsible for obtaining appropriate clearance as necessary. Full text papers are due July 31, 2012.

The Conference will take place from 26 to 28 September 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in cooperation with the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and with the Library of the
University of British Columbia, in partnership with IFLA, ICA, ICOM, WIPO, Google, Microsoft and others. An open dedicated space will be established on UNESCO’s CI website for this event which will provide a restricted area to share documents.

Abstracts shall be e-mailed to either of the two Programme Chairs: Luciana Duranti (Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies of University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
luciana.duranti@ubc.ca; Jonas Palm (Director and Head of Preservation, Swedish National Archives, Stockholm, Sweden) jonas.palm@riksarkivet.se


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If any of the titles are of interest to you please email Ms. Brittany Khatib at bbestol@uwm.edu. with the title and address you would like the book sent to . She will then contact the publisher with your request. Reviews are due in May, 2012. Requests are honored on first requested basis. 

Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities & Expectations, by Fauzia Ahmad and Mohammad S. Seddon (eds), (2012), London: Continuum http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=158143&SearchType=Basic

Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge Maintaining Makhzen Power by Mohamed Daadaoui
Palgrave Macmillan, August 2011, ISBN: 978-0-230-11318-3, http://us.macmillan.com/moroccanmonarchyandtheislamistchallenge/MohamedDaadaoui

Islam and Political Reform in Saudi Arabia The Quest for Political Change and Reform by Alshamsi, Mansoor Jassem, (2011), Routledge, New York, ISBN: 978-0-415-41241-4 http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415412414/

Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of Jamaat-e-Islami by Irfan Ahmad, (2009), Princeton University Press, Princeton, ISBN: 978-0-691-13919-7 http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9065.html

The Eternal War: A Psychological Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Abraham, A.J., (2012), University Press of America, Lanham, Maryland ISBN: 978-0-7618-5631-3 https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780761856313

Democracy in the Middle East: The Impact of Religion and Education by Judith Cochran, (2011), Lexington Books. ISBN: 978-0739122136 http://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Middle-East-Religion-Education/dp/0739122134

Historical Dictionary of the Ismailis by Farhad Daftary, (2012), The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, ISBN: 978-0-8108-6164-0 https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810861640

Iraq, Its Neighbors, and the United States Competition, Crisis, and the Reordering of Power by Henri J. Barkey, Scott B. Lasensky, and Phebe Marr, editors, United States Institute of Peace, ISBN: 9781601270771 http://www.usip.org/publications/iraq-its-neighbors-and-the-united-states


Freie University, Germany Europe and the Arab Region Post January 2011
Coping with Multifaceted Challenges
Berlin, 8-9 June 2012

The public uprisings that have been sweeping across the Arab region since January 2011 represent a critical juncture in the history of the region as well as in international history at large. With major change of leadership taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, other Arab countries –Yemen, Bahrain and Syria – are still struggling to introduce similar changes. From a comparative perspective, these ongoing uprisings in the Arab region raise the question on how comparable they could be to similar events in international history, e.g. the revolutions in Central Eastern Europe in 1989-1990.

These rapid developments in the Arab region bring back to the forefront of Western-Arab relations the interconnected political, economic and social dimensions of Euro-Arab relations in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP). Not surprisingly that the EU has quickly, in February 2011, started to consider a fundamental review of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and released a new and more ambitious one in May 2011. This workshop focuses on the debate regarding the Euro-Arab relations and how the EU can effectively reinvent its role amid challenging security, political, economic and social contexts. The area of concern in this workshop is not limited to the EU’s Southern Mediterranean partners, but encompasses the wider Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The following list of sub-topics represents main strands of discussion. The workshop focuses on the role of Europe in the region, from a variety of security, economic, political or socio-cultural perspectives. Paper proposals are expected to combine academic analysis with policy oriented recommendations.

1.The EU and the Arab uprisings:
- Comparing ”success” and “failures”: How are the developments in Tunisia,
   Egypt, and Libya to be evaluated, as compared to Yemen, Bahrain, or
   Syria? What are the prospects for democratic transitions in light of the
   recent elections in Tunisia and Egypt?

- How can the EU help these countries in their current transitional phase? To
  what extent can the EU make use of its expertise in democracy and
  development assistance in the Arab region?
- How can the EU rethink its relationship with other Arab countries that are
  trying to maintain the status quo? (The Gulf Cooperation Council countries)
- How applicable are the lessons learned from the EU experience in Central
  and Eastern Europe to the West Mediterranean as well as its experience in 
  the Eastern partners of the ENP?

2.Assessing the political, economic, and security scene in the Mediterranean:
- Which security challenges emanate from the “new” Middle East, and how
   should the EU deal with them? Does the EU need a new approach toward
   the Israeli-Palestine conflict?
- The EU and other Powers in the MENA region: How do EU-US relations
   and EU-Turkish relations affect the MENA region, and what are the
   prospects for conflict and cooperation?
- How important is the economic aspect in the relation between the EU and
   the Southern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Partners?
- What are the major lessons learned from the failure of ENP in the Middle
   East and Southern Mediterranean so far? How should the ENP be

The workshop aims at a collective publication, either as a special issue or a volume edited by the workshop organizers. The workshop is funded by the "Kolleg Forschergruppe (KFG) The Transformative Power of Europe" of the Freie Universität Berlin, which pays for travel expenses as well as accommodation of the paper authors. Interested colleagues are asked to send a 500-1000 word abstract to Dr. Sally Khalifa Isaac (sally_isaac@gmx.net) and Dr. Assem Dandashly (assemd@uvic.ca) no later than January 31, 2012. Notifications will be sent out no later than February 28, 2012. Invited paper givers need to finalize their papers by June 1, 2012 and present it at the workshop in Berlin on 8 and 9 June 2012.

Logo of the Dialogue Conference 2012 in Washington, D.C.Middle East Dialogue 2012: "The Arab Spring and Beyond"
Friday, February 24th, 2012
Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) announces a call for participation in the The second annual Middle East Dialogue 2012.  The theme for this year is "The Arab Spring  and Beyond." This forum is for policy makers, scholars, business leaders, and other experts to discuss important policy issues. It focuses on education initiatives, social, economic and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women's gains and challenges, peace initiatives, and potential areas of conflict. We welcome a spectrum of political and religious persuasions to discuss issues in a spirit of tolerance and free discourse.    The Forum is co-chaired by Prof. Mohammed M. Aman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Editor-in-Chief of the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), and Prof. Paul Rich, President of the Policy Studies Organization. MED2012 is sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization, American Public University, the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), the Philosophical Society of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and its School of Information Studies, and the Next Century Foundation. Other sponsors are invited and will be added. Please submit proposals for papers and inquiries to Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval, PSO Executive Director, at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org or contact him at 202-349-9281 to register for conference attendance  Please include a copy of your CV with the  abstract of your propped paper. Abstracts of papers submitted so far can be viewed at MED2012 web site atbit.ly/med2012. Thank you.
Ms. Dana Kauffman
Communications Director
Policy Studies Organization
1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036


The Innovation JournalA Special Issue on the Middle East
The Innovation Journal 

This special symposium is devoted to studies related to the Middle East, especially to issues regarding democratization, human rights, gender equality and women rights, freedom, and good governance. The approach is through an innovative lens that stresses analyses and solutions that are nonlinear, dynamic and ground-breaking. This is important because the traditional linear approach of prediction and control has failed, especially in regard to the Middle East. This failure is evident in the current popular responses illustrated through the massive uprisings that swept the Middle East in 2011. It is also important because the Middle East continues to occupy a central focus in U.S. foreign policy and global political dynamics due to its history, resources, and engagement with global policy issues. Collectively, these issues impact causes of peace, development, administration, human rights, and democracy in the region and force political and administrative affairs to emerge as vital global security concerns.

With recent popular uprisings in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Morocco demanding reforms and democratic change, and with the success of some of these uprisings in toppling tyrannical regimes that were sustained for decades by U.S. and Western political and/or business collaboration, a new era of popular democratic movements is emerging. This era is taking policymakers both in the Middle East and abroad by surprise and outside linear thinking and calculation. The ICT-infused social democratic movements in the Middle East are writing new chapters in global participation-observation. Governments no longer can censor information and communication systems the way they once could. People are connected through social networks (such as Facebook, Twitter, the Internet and cell phones) to share information and connect and mobilize popular movements. These movements are setting precedents for people around the world to follow in demanding better governance, openness, and transparency.

This trend is worth examining and studying from a complexity perspective. Many factors contributed to the recent developments in the Middle East. These include economic, political, social, religious, human rights, women, and military intervention factors. The linear model has failed thus far both in providing accurate analysis and in providing possible solutions. Complexity is suited to providing better analysis and present better solutions that emphasize innovations in the public sector.

Because of this, The Innovation Journal is devoting a special issue to these topics to collectively contribute to the study of the emerging dynamics. If interested, please contact Dr. Alexander Dawoody at adawoody@marywood.edu. The deadline for submitting completed manuscript is February 28, 2012. Papers may be written in English or French.