Conference Schedule

Liberal State

Day 1 - Monday March 20, 2017

8:30 a.m.            Registration

9:30 a.m.          Welcome to Georgetown University in Qatar - Dean James Reardon-Anderson, GU-Q

9:45 a.m.          Michael Reksulak, Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities - QNRF  

9:55 a.m.          Introductory remarks - Harry Verhoeven, GU-Q

10:10 a.m.        Keynote speech: 
                       Genealogies of Distributed Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean World - Thomas Blom-Hansen, Stanford University

10:45 a.m.          Coffee break

11:15 a.m.                    
Panel 1: The Weberian State and its Challengers

Abdullah Baaboud, Qatar University - Chair

Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics and Political Science
The GCC Variant of Rentier State Building

Sharath Srinivasan, University of Cambridge
Gatekeeping and Broadcasting in a Digital Age: State and Power in East Africa

Anatol Lieven, Georgetown University in Qatar
The Negotiated State in Pakistan

12:45 p.m.        Lunch

2:00 p.m.                      
Panel 2: Ethnicity, Justice and Urbanization

Rogaia Abusharaf, Georgetown University in Qatar - Chair

Zoha Waseem, King’s College London
Legitimacy and the Dual Policing Mechanisms in a Securitised City: Examining the Roles and Practices of the Police and Paramilitary Forces in Karachi, Pakistan

Uday Chandra, Georgetown University in Qatar
The Illiberal Politics of Going Native: Making "Tribes" in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Islam Hassan, Georgetown University in Qatar
The Ruling Family Security and National Identity in Qatar

3:30 p.m.         Coffee break

4:00 p.m.                     
Panel 3: Civil Society, Migration, and Social Development

Amal Al-Malki, Hamad Bin Khalifa University - Chair

Shandana Mohmand, Institute of Development Studies (Sussex)
Kinship, Brokerage and Clientelism in Rural Pakistan

Sana Tariq, Georgetown University in Qatar
The National Welfarism and International Aid Nexus in Tanzania

Amelia Fauza, National University of Singapore
Islamic Charitable Organizations and the State in Southeast Asia

5:30 p.m.           End of first day

Day 2 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

9:30 a.m.                       
Panel 4: Neoliberal Development and its Alternatives

Harry Verhoeven, Georgetown University in Qatar - Chair

Pranab Bardhan, University of California at Berkeley
The Political Economy of Comparative Governance in China and India

Lamia Karim, Oregon University
A Feminist Analysis of Women and Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, University of Oxford
The Political Economy of Natural Resources: Africa and South Asia Compared

Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore
Singapore as a Non-liberal Electoral Democratic State

11:15 a.m.       Coffee break

11:45 a.m.                    
Panel 5: The Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean

James Reardon-Anderson, GU-Q -Chair

Rana Mitter, University of Oxford
China and the Idea of the Indo-Pacific

Afyare Elmi, Qatar University
The role of the Gulf in Illegal Fishing and Piracy off the Horn of Africa

Harry Verhoeven, GU-Q
Taming Intervention: African States, Regime Survival and the Creation of Political Order

1:30 p.m.         Lunch

2:30 p.m.                      
Panel 6: Religion, Nationalism, and Conflict

Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University in Qatar - Chair

William Reno, Northwestern University
The Somali Model of Development

Michael Woldemariam, Boston University
State-Building after the Split: Partition and Governance in the Horn of Africa

James Onley, Qatar University / Exeter University
Arab Nationalism and the "Arab" Gulf: The Origins and Significance of the Name Game

4:00 p.m.       Closing remarks: The Road Ahead - Anatol Lieven

This conference was made possible by a CWSP award [ CWSP 11-C-1019-16029 ] from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation).