Dr. Samer Abboud Gives a Talk for HEDRU’s Third Event

 

The Human and Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU), one of the three subdivisions of SHSS’s Social Science Research Institute, coordinated by Dr. Zaynab El Bernoussi, hosted its third event.

The title of the talk was “The Beirut School of Critical Security Studies: Implications on North Africa”, by Dr. Samer Abboud who has very kindly accepted the invitation during his vacation.

Dr. Samer Abboud is an Associate Professor of Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University and he is the co-coordinator of the Beirut School of Critical Security Studies working group of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS). Dr. Abboud is the author of Syria (Polity, 2018) and co-author (with Benjamin J. Muller) of Rethinking Hizballah: Authority, Legitimacy, Violence. He has published widely on issues of political economy and security in the contemporary Middle East, including in journals such as SecurityDialogue, NewPoliticalScience, ArabStudiesQuarterly, and MiddleEastPolicy.

More information on the Beirut School Manifesto can be found on: www.thebeirutforum.com

In his presentation, Dr. Abboud took up the question of what it means to study security in the contemporary Arab World. In asking this question, he laid out the Beirut School’s understanding of the field of security studies and how the project, rooted in other postcolonial, global south epistemological efforts, seeks to advance a new approach to security studies. In this presentation, he thus mapped out an alternative critical security studies project. Dr. Abboud also seeks to move the Beirut School away from Beirut, so to speak, and ask what a Critical School of Security Studies from, for, and rooted in, the Arab World means for North Africa. Here, he reflected both on some of the broader structural constraints of producing knowledge between individuals and institutions across the Arab region and how North African scholarship can move us away from a Beirut-centric project. 

The talk can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNHocpC4Nx8