your reading for next week is week 9 below. we already discussed that two of you would be presenting the book and the rest will divide the articles. we will have a skype call or a guest moderator. in any case, please be prepared. i will certainly be in touch to share with you which direction we're taking.
as to the research proposal, please submit your proposal via the submissions page on this site by march 29, according to the guidelines here: You should select your topic and submit a one page document that includes (a) the topic you wish to write your paper on, (b) 4-6 preliminary sources (including a minimum of 2 books and 2 academic journal articles), and (c) a brief statement describing why you’re interested in writing about this particular topic and what concept/theory/explanatory concern in particular you wish to address. A formal paper proposal will be due when your topic is approved. If you would like to write more
Week 9: Cult of Personality? From Asad to Asad
1. Lisa Wedeen, Ambiguities of Domination, all chapters. [Text]
2. Bassam Haddad, “Asad and After,” Notes to The Economist, 2000-2001 [PDF]; “Business As Usual in Syria,” MERIP, 2001 [PDF]; “Waiting for the Wrong Time,” Carnegie ARB, 2004 [PDF]; and “Syria’s Curious Dilemma,” MERIP, 2009 [PDF]