Summary: THEMES: Specific themes covered by the conference encompass interdisciplinary social science approaches to analyses and problem solving in the Middle East and Central Asia and may fall within, but not limited to, the following: # Authoritarianism and Democracy # Impacts of Globalization # Problems of Economic and Democratic Transitions # State and Society Relations # Religion and Politics # Islam and Islamism # Challenges of Post-Communism # Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity # Natural Resources, Conflict, and Sustainability # Media, Cinema, and Film # Migration, Refugees, the Displaced, and Diaspora # Human Rights and Minorities # Post-9-11 Regional and International Affairs # Nation-building Projects in Afghanistan and Iraq # Politics of External Actors (US, Russia, EU, China, etc.) # Israel and Palestine Studies # Xinjiang and Uyghur Nationalism # Terrorism and State Violence # Conflict Prevention and Resolution # Regional Organizations and Cooperation # Civil Society

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