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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Student at Loyola University Chicago, studying International Studies, Economics and Arab World Studies.
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individual (student)
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France, UK, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt (Arab Maghreb), Iran, The Levant (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Quebec, USA.
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United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Assistant to the Commercial Attache, Quebec Government Office, Student, Loyola University Chicago, Major:International Studies , Minors:Economics, Arab World Studies
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Arabic, French
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Democratization, Development, Economics, Policing, Rule of Law, Security, Terrorism
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Communication, Evaluation, Fundraising, Monitoring, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training

Sam Nelson-Mann's Blog

Abrahamian and Kurzman: A Tale of Two Analyses

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:01pm 0 Comments

An event as complex and nuanced as the Iranian Revolution requires multiple modes of analysis and varying approaches to fully comprehend. To some like Charles Kurzman, whose book The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran as we will be exploring in this paper, the concept of a revolution can be ‘unthinkable’; this is to say that there was no way to predict it in the conventional sense. Instead, Kurzman abandons conventional forms of explanation for something called “Anti-explanation”. For…


A Kingly Affair: The Unbearable Stability of the Modern Makhzen

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:56pm 0 Comments

I wake up screaming in the night at the thought that the Emperor might die a natural death. I want him to know a judgement is being enacted on him!”[1]

-Member of the Ethiopian educated middle class, mid 20th century



Morocco. The “exotic kingdom”, and home to a rarity these days in the region: a popular, seemingly stable monarchy. Since…



Posted on November 20, 2012 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

Unfortunately, life in our modern world comes with it’s own set of difficulties. We all struggle to provide for our own, do the “right thing”, survive (maybe even thrive), and we all have our own answers when it comes down to how. In these United States, we take most of our cues from the Western European, protestant, Eurocentric mindset that spawned and formed the foundations of this country. It is difficult to avoid being an Ethnocentrist, and most Americans don’t. The sad fact of the…


Danger, Will Robinson

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

It has been the subject of much debate lately, and has crept into the public consciousness slowly over the last few years: Robots and war. What are the implications of using robotics and unmanned vehicles (both on the ground and in the air) in combat situations overseas? What are the recent developments in the technology, legality and reactions of those directly affected? These are the questions Al-Jazeera’s attempts to answer in another edition of FaultLines The Pentagon has long been…


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