Speaking with the Project on Middle East Political Science, Carnegie’s Nathan J. Brown discussed his latest book, Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics, with Jocelyne Cesari, a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Peter Mandaville, a senior advisor to the special representative for religion and global affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Carnegie’s Marc Lynch. He argued that “the polarization we see so deeply entrenched in the Arab world . . . may not be so much the disease as the symptom. That is to say, not so much the cause but is as an effect very much of political systems that have opened themselves up to political debate, but not given very healthy ways in which to translate political debate into political outcomes.”

This discussion was originally broadcast by the Project on Middle East Political Science.