Handbook on Teaching IR in the Arab World

Seeking Contributions: Teaching “IR” in the Arab World

How should “International Relations” (IR) be taught in the Arab region? IR has long been an American (or Anglo-American) dominated field and teaching materials tend to be framed by US (or European) security concerns. The Teaching “IR” in the Middle East project is part of a research effort funded by the Beirut-based Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) to rethink what IR can and should be in Arab region and more broadly, the Middle East and Global South. The project seeks to develop teaching materials for use within educational institutions in the Arab (and beyond) to assist instructors in efforts to offer more pluralist approaches to IR but more specifically materials that address the needs and concerns of students, scholars, and policy makers in the Arab region. With growing interest in the development of a more “global” IR, we expect these materials will also be useful to instructors in North America and Europe.

May 1, 2018 Statement of interests/abstracts
June 1, 2018 Initial Drafts
July 1, 2018 Final Drafts (if revisions required).
August 15, 2018 Publication

While this timeline outlines the stages of work for the editors, we welcome contributions at anytime (before July 1, 2018) and will work to develop revisions if needed according to author’s preferred timeline.

On June 22, 2018 workshop will be held in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss the handbook and proposed contributions. All potential contributors are welcome to participate, but participation is not required for inclusion in the handbook.

We are seeking three types of contributions: short essays, teaching modules, and annotated bibliographic notices. The final version of the handbook will likely be organized along thematic lines. Potential contributors are welcome to suggest as many contributions of various types they are interested to draft.

If you are interested to contribute, please send a brief note to Waleed Hazbun wh20@aub.edu.lb about what you would be interested to contribute. The editors will write back to confirm their interest in the contribution and offer any needed guidelines. They will also ask when they can expect an initial draft.

A list of proposed contributions will be posted on this google doc:


If you have any questions, please contact Waleed Hazbun wh20@aub.edu.lb. For more information about Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) and its Critical Security Studies Project in the Arab World, please see http://www.theacss.org/pages/wgp_css (the site is available in English, Arabic, and French—see tabs on top left).

Waleed Hazbun
Acting Director, Program in Public Policy and International Affairs (Spring 2018)
Associate Professor of International Politics
American University of Beirut


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