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James A. Bill Conference: The Past, Present & Future of the Middle East

Friday, April 7, 2017

Introductions and Panel One: Islam, Politics, and Democracy 

Chair: Stephen E. Hanson, Vice Provost for International Affairs & Director, Reves Center for International Studies, William & Mary
Introduction by Michael R. Halleran, Provost, William & Mary

Tamara Sonn, “Islam and Democracy in Iran: A Post-Arab Spring Assessment” 
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Panel Two: The Meaning of Nation and International Relations in the Middle East

Chair: Rani Mullen, Associate Professor, Government, William & Mary

Mehdi Noorbaksh, “The Arab Springs in Egypt and Tunisia: Why One Succeeded and the Other Failed”

Marvin Weinbaum, “In the Global Resurgence of Nationalism, Where is the Middle East” 
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Keynote Address by Gerald Seib, 2017 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence “U.S.-Iran Relations: Must it always be this hard?”
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Panel Three: James Bill’s Life and Legacy

Chair: Sibel Zandi-Sayek, Associate Professor, Art & Art History, William & Mary

John Duke Anthony, “Area Studies: Noble Legacy; Future Challenges”

John Limbert, “Jim Bill and the U.S. Foreign Service: A Stormy Relationship”

Mowahid Shah, “James Bill: The Man and his Reach”

John Voll, “Area Studies From the 1960s to the Present: Transformed Realities and Changing Concepts”

John Williams, “Jim Bill: Memories of a Colleague” 
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Panel Four: Reflections from Jim Bill’s Friends, Colleagues, and Family

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