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Bassam Haddad and Basileus Zeno

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (August-September 2014)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. The Introduction is written by Bassam Haddad and the Roundup's main editor is Basileus Zeno] Everyone has something to say about the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). But only now. When ISIS or its predecessor was taking over towns in Syria last year, and when it grew out of Iraq’s chaos and calamity after the US invasion of 2003, it was just another news item, if that. But ...

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Bassam Haddad and Basileus Zeno

 

Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011). Bassam is currently editing a volume on Teaching the Middle East After the Arab Uprisings, a book manuscript on pedagogical and theoretical approaches. His most recent books include two co-edited volumes: Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing, 2013). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal a peer-reviewed research publication and is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the critically acclaimed film series, Arabs and Terrorism, based on extensive field research/interviews. More recently, he directed a film on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The "Other" Threat. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report. He is the Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute, an umbrella for five organizations dealing with knowledge production on the Middle East and Founding Editor of Tadween Publishing.

Basileus Zeno is a Syrian researcher and a master’s candidate in political sciences at Ohio University. His research interests center around themes of national identity, human rights, sectarianism, and conflict in the Middle East. Basileus holds a BA and an MA in archaeology from the University of Damascus, where his studies focused on Hellenistic Antiquity, Islamic civilization, and Syria's history and society during the 19th century and early 20th century. He served as a graduate fellow at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) from 2007 to 2012. On summer 2014, he was a summer graduate assistant at The Carter Center (TCC) onflict Resolution Program in Atlanta, GA, and he continues working with TCC as a consultant. Basileus wrote multiple articles in well-known Arabic newspapers and websites such as Alhayat, Al-Akhbar, Al- Adab, and Al-Awan.  His book "Seleucid Coins in Syria: Studies in the Seleucid History and the Coinage of the Seleucid Kings" is under publication in Damascus (in Arabic). He is a contributor to the Syria Page at Jadaliyya and Co-Editor of the Syria Media Roundup.