The APSA MENA Newsletter is a biannual publication co-edited by two alumni fellows 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.

Co-editors for 2018-2020 are Dr. Sarina Theys (Newcastle University, UK) and Dr. May Darwich (Durham University, UK). Alongside research essays and reflections, the newsletter also includes announcements and calls for papers, proposals, etc. The editors welcome contributions from scholars across the Middle East and North African research spectrum. Content submissions and suggestions for future issues of the newsletter can be e-mailed to

Fall 2018 Call for Submissions
The co-editors have announced a Call for Submissions to the Fall 2018 issue, including research submissions to a symposium on “Critical Perspectives in MENA Political Science” and content on “Teaching Political Science in/on the MENA region.” Submissions of between 1,200 to 1,500 words, including research essays, personal reflections, and book reviews, can be e-mailed to by October 1, 2018.

Submissions and Style
The newsletter publishes pieces between 1,200-1,500 words. All submissions whether research findings, personal reflections, or book reviews should be sent 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.

The APSA MENA Newsletter is an open publication. From 2016-2018, Abdul-Wahab Kayyali (George Washington University, USA) and May Darwich (Durham University, UK) served as co-editors. Past issues are available here: