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CSID's 21st Annual Conference - Why the US should Support Democracy?

CSID's 21st Annual Conference - Why the US should Support Democracy?

Date(s) - 06/01/2023
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel


$75-$1000 USD
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Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)



The CSID Annual Conference is the international conference on Islam & Democracy, held in Washington DC, attended by experts & policymakers.


Tentative Program

8:45 – 9:0150 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 am Opening Remarks

Prof. Asma Afsaruddin – Chair of the CSID Board

Prof. Dalia Fahmy – Chair of the Program Committee


9:30 – 11:00 AM – PANEL 1:

The Cost of Authoritarianism: Assessing U.S. Mideast Policy over the Long Term

Moderator: Dalia Fahmy – Associate professor of political science, LIU Brooklyn


Shadi Hamid – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Sarah Leah Whitson – Executive Director, Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN)

Wa’el Alzayat – CEO, Emgage

Ismail Numan Telci, Vice President, Center for Middle eastern Studies, ORSAM, Turkey


11:00 – 12:00 PM – PANEL 2:

Middle East Authoritarianism and the subversion of Western democracy

A Conversation with David Kirkpatrick

The New Yorker Magazine

Moderator: Nader Hachemi, Director, The Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver


12:00 – 1:30 PM – Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Speakers:

Damon Wilson – President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Amaney A. Jamal – Dean, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs,

Princeton University

Moderator:  Radwan Masmoudi

Founder and President, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy


1:30 – 3:00 PM – PANEL 3

Political Islam and Democracy:  A 45-year Retrospective

Moderator:  Dan Brumberg, Georgetown University



Jocelyne Cesari – Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School

Ennahdha and Tunisia’s Transition: A Forensic Look at What Went Wrong

Monica Marks – Professor of Middle East politics at New York University, Abu Dhabi

Islam and Democracy: Lessons learnt from the “Arab Spring”

Andrew March – Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deina Abdelkader – Assoc. Professor, Political Science Dept., University of Massachusetts Lowell

Tunisia Still Survives…?

William Scott Harrop – Doctoral candidate, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

Consolidating Democracy in Tunisia: Uncertain Future for Democratic Institutions and the Role of the United States


3:00 – 3:15 PM Coffee and tea break

3:15 – 4:45 PM – PANEL 4

The Role of Islamic Values in Building a Just Society and Political System

Moderator:  Asma Afsaruddin – University of Indiana

What Does Islam Really Say about the Rights, Status and Behavior of Women? The Interpretations of Islam Embraced by Ordinary Muslim Citizens in the Arab World

Mark Tessler – Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

How Islamic values can contribute to building a free society

Mustafa Akyol – Senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

Inheritance Laws and the Limits of (and Prospects for) Gender Equality in the MENA

Youssef Chouhoud – Assist. Professor, Political Science, Christopher Newport University

What Explains Voter Preferences in Tunisia’s Transitional Elections?

Lindsay Benstead – Director, Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University


Marko Veković – Professor and Executive Editor Politics and Religion Journal, Belgrade, Serbia


4:45 PM – 5:30 PM – Keynote Speech

A Message from Tunisia:

The Role of the International Community in Defending and Supporting Democracy in Tunisia

Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi

Former Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament 2019-2021

Speech by Ahmed Gaaloul, Member of the Executive Committee of Ennahdha, on Behalf of Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi


5:30 pm – Closing Remarks


Co-Sponsored by:


Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

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