Fieldwork Notes - Avi Spiegel

Avi Spiegel is a prof of political science and international relations; completing book for princeton university press on the next generation of political Islam; more at

Jim Bohannon: The Jim Bohannon Show Archives

From Jim Bohannon show with guest Avi Spiegel: “When Egyptians ousted Hosni Mubarak from power, the United States was hoping that the next step for the country would be democratic elections. That took place, with results that don’t bode well for the U.S. First, a parliament dominated by Islamists was elected, but that parliament was never seated, having been dissolved by a court acting at the will of the caretaker military government.”

The Arab Uprising

Marc Lynch’s brilliant, definitive book on the Arab Spring — The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.  Happy that my pieces he edited at FP were helpful.

The Education of Nations

Fantastic new book by the brilliant political scientist Stephen Kosack
Honored to have gotten to know him at the Brookings Institution!

The film will enter the festival circuit in 2014 and be broadcast on PBS in 2014-2015.

"What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption."

Am honored to know Lacey:

"Thank you to everyone who generously contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. We truly appreciate and wanted to make sure we give you a proper shout out. Thanks to:

Galit Sacajiu, Erin Browne, Andrew Fried, Estela Diaz, Sherrese Clarke, Danielle Gray, Rachel Sklar, Samara Rubinstein, Charles Glorioso, Janice Mehring, Jennifer Krebs, Donna Halper, Heidi Hoover, Sofia Kenzer, Marco Williams, Taliya Bashani, Michael Federoff, Deborah Kaufman, Melanie Ash, Will Higdon-Sudow, Dominick Cromartie, Matt Middleton, Jennifer Tuft, Jon Finer, Aaron Edelheit, Eve Benora, Marcie Hemmelstein, Mady Kahn,Zev Nathan, Miriam Klevan, Carolivia Herron, Judith Helman, S B Watson, Avi Spiegel, Marion Batnitzky, Jill Soloway, Brian Smoot, Raymond Leon Roker, Phil Bertelsen, Joshua Sellers, David Travin, Eric Fisher, Nettie and Herb Crossman, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Voltaire Sterling, Rachel White, Jay Footlik, David Fizdale, Lisa McKay, Thelma and William Hill, Ibrahim Darden, Daniel A Greenspun, and Theodore Miller”

In Morocco, reporting about terrorism is akin to inciting it

Fascinating new piece on Ali Anouzla affair by the great journalist Ilhem Rachidi