The APSA MENA Newsletter is a biannual publication that serves the growing community of political science researchers interested in the MENA region. The newsletter publishes short pieces addressing a variety of methodological, theoretical, empirical, and ethical concerns related to MENA political science research and offers an opportunity for scholars to share their ideas in a friendly but professional forum. In doing so, the newsletter aims to support junior researchers and encourage dialogue, engagement, and conversation between scholars from different disciplines and sub-fields.

Starting in Spring 2019, production of the newsletter will transition to the MENA Politics Organized Section. A Call for Nominations for future newsletter editors is now open. Interested scholars should submit a proposal outlining their experience and vision for the newsletter by January 1, 2019.

From 2016-2018, the newsletter was edited by alumni from the APSA MENA Workshops. The inaugural co-editors were Abdul-Wahab Kayyali (George Washington University, USA) and Dr. May Darwich (Durham University, UK). The November 2018 issue was co-edited by Dr. Sarina Theys (Newcastle University, UK) and Dr. May Darwich (Durham University, UK).

Submissions and Style
The newsletter publishes research essays, personal reflections, and book reviews of between 1,200-1,500 words. The editors welcome contributions from across the Middle East and North African research spectrum. Alongside research essays and reflections, the newsletter also includes announcements and calls for papers, proposals, etc. Content submissions and suggestions for future issues can be e-mailed to

Authors should send their contribution in a Word format using Times New Roman 12 font, and follow the Author-Date system of the 16th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style for referencing. Please include the author’s by-line and affiliation, and a 75-word abstract with your submission (all abstracts will appear in both English and a second language; please indicate your preferred second language: Arabic, French, etc. and provide a translated version of the abstract if possible).

Current and Past Issues
The APSA MENA Newsletter is an open publication, and available for download here: