SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination

Dr Oz Hassan

Date: 5 February 2013Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 5 February 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4418

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Dr Oz Hassan is an Assistant Professor in US National Security. He is currently working on his Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders  project entitled Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (2013-2016), which looks at the "conflict of interests" between US and EU policy in Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. He is also a co-investigator on the Compagne di San Paolo  funded international project EUSPRING which analyses the manner in which concepts such as democracy and citizenship are understood in the MENA (2013 - 2016). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the British International Studies Association’s flagship magazine International Studies Today , and convener of the BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group , which is Europe's largest academic and stakeholder group focused on contemporary issues in American Foreign Policy. He was formerly a research fellow for Professor Stuart Croft (PVC Research) on the European Commission funded Framework 7 Programme's EU-GRASP  and GR:EEN . He joined PAIS in 2009, shortly before completing his ESRC funded doctoral research on US democracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Subsequently, Oz completed his monograph, entitled Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or Domination , after conducting ethnographic research in the region, and witnessing first hand the protester struggles in Cairo’s Tahrir Square following the fall of the Mubarak regime. He has also spent considerable time living in Washington D.C. as a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center  in The United States Library of Congress. His expertise has provided substantial interaction with the policy-making community in the US, Canada and around the EU.

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