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Tarek Masoud

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124 Mt. Auburn Street 200N-238
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138

Tarek Masoud

Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

Faculty Affiliate, Middle East Initiative

Contact:
Telephone: 617-496-3036
Email: tarek_masoud@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Tarek Masoud is Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan of Oman Chair in International Relations at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on political development in Muslim-majority and Arabic-speaking countries. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the co-author of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015), and the author or co-author of several articles and book chapters. He is a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy, and the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Paul and Daisy Soros foundation. He holds an AB from Brown and a PhD from Yale, both in political science.

 

 

By Date

 

2015

Oxford University Press

April 26, 2015

The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform

Book

By Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform investigates the wide variance of occurrence and outcomes of Arab uprisings and the deep historical and structural roots of power imbalances within societies to ask why regime change took place in only four Arab countries and why democratic change proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts.

 

2014

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October 9, 2014

"Why Do Islamists Provide Services, and What Do Those Services Do?"

Conference Paper, Project on Middle East Political Science

By Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

"The scholarly literature has long argued that one of the reasons that parties like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt are able to earn the loyalties of voters is through their provision of health, welfare, and educational services that the cash-strapped states of the Arab world are increasingly unable (or unwilling) to provide. However, in recent years, the provision of social services by Islamist parties has gone from being an explanation of Islamist success to something to be explained in itself."

 

2013

Creative Commons

July 19, 2013

"How Morsy Could Have Saved Himself"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

"The sin of the Muslim Brotherhood was not that it failed to work with liberals, but that it failed to work with the old regime. For the almost the entirety of its time in power, the Brotherhood has demonstrated a remorseless, unyielding obsession with rooting out Mubarak's National Democratic Party from Egypt's political life."

 

 

(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

July 4, 2013

"Egypt's Reluctant Rulers"

Op-Ed, Slate

By Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School and William J. Dobson

Egypt's generals no more wanted Morsi's ouster than they wanted Mubarak's almost three years ago, writes Tarek Masoud and William J. Dobson. What they want is to continue to enjoy their perquisites—including more than $1 billion a year of military aid and some of the choicest cuts of the Egyptian economy. Their ouster of Morsi puts both of these things at risk.

 

2011

July 14, 2011

The Road to (and from) Liberation Square

Journal Article

By Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

It is easy now to see why Egypt’s revolution had to happen, and why
President Hosni Mubarak’s thirty-year reign had to end in the spectacular
manner in which it did. Even the most casual observer of the Egyptian
scene can recite from the expansive catalogue of ills that Mubarak had
visited upon the land...

 
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