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A global crisis of authoritarianism and impunity has eroded life for people living in the United States and the Middle East. Common trends have exacerbated police impunity, militia violence, and moral panics that weaponize gender—while states have proven less and less capable of protecting vulnerable citizens. 

Join us on Tuesday, April 26, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET as Century International brings together experts on the crisis of citizenship across regional boundaries, whose teamwork exposes the connections between the crises in the Middle East and the United States, and some of the ways we can restore accountability and rights.

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  • Thanassis Cambanis, director, Century International


  • Naira Antoun, fellow, Century International and director, Transnational Trends in Citizenship project
  • Lobna Darwish, feminist and gender and human rights officer, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
  • Nicole Nguyen, associate professor of educational policy studies, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Amanda Rogers, fellow, Century International

Presented by The Century Foundation’s Century International. This event is part of Transnational Trends in Citizenship, a project supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Open Society Foundations to bring together policy researchers who study similar problems in different regions.

Speaker Bios

Thanassis Cambanis is an author, journalist, and director of Century International. His work focuses on U.S. foreign policy, Arab politics, and social movements in the Middle East. He is currently working on a book about the impact of the 2003 Iraq invasion on the international system. He has written books about Egypt’s 2011 uprising and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and has edited four volumes about politics and security in the Arab world. He regularly contributes to Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, World Policy Review, and other publications. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

Naira Antoun is a fellow at Century International and director of the Transnational Trends in Citizenship initiative. She is also a contributing editor at Mada Masr, where she has worked since its establishment in 2013.

Lobna Darwish is a feminist and gender and human rights officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a leading human rights NGO not only in Egypt but also the global south. She works on gender and sexuality with a focus on criminalization.  

Nicole Nguyen is associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois–Chicago. As a critical geographer of education, Nicole ethnographically investigates the intersections of national security, war, and U.S. public schooling.           

Amanda Rogers is a fellow at the Century Foundation visiting assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with expertise in political violence and non-state armed groups, ranging from ISIS to Christian Identity neo-Nazis. She has a PhD in art history and Middle Eastern studies from Emory University. She has served as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of State, a consultant for the United Nations consultant on non-state armed groups and propaganda output, and commentator on international affairs for The Intercept, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN, among others.