Camille Pecastaing

Biography: 

Camille Pecastaing is a senior associate professor of Middle East studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A student of behavioral sciences and historical sociology, his research focuses on the cognitive and emotive foundations of xenophobic political cultures and ethnoreligious violence, using the Muslim world and its European and Asian peripheries as a case study. He has written on political Islam, Islamist terrorism, social change, and globalization. Pecastaing’s latest publication is Jihad in the Arabian Sea.

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Orlando: An Act Of 'Shockism'

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The word 'terrorism' isn't always the most incisive for acts of Islamist violence.

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ISIS: Making Autocracy Look Good

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The November attacks in Paris claimed by ISIS came from the convergence of two forces. One is Jihadism, a global and multifaceted socio-behavioral phenomenon. The other is ISIS, an organization that operates in the Levant and Mesopotamia. ISIS can occasionally project itself beyond its base by leveraging the Jihadist phenomenon, as it did in Tunisia, Egypt, or now France. But despite the global noise, ISIS should be read in its regional context.

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Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  

Analysis and Commentary

Democracy’s Death-by-Welfare

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, May 3, 2013
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Democracy’s Death-by-Welfare

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 3, 2013

Is our political regime fated to wither away?

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The Art of Protest in 2012

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In the Middle East, violence appears to be the great equalizer.

In the News

The Many Faces of Islamist Politicking

by Camille Pecastaingvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2012

Learning to govern after the Arab Spring...

The Many Faces of Islamist Politicking

by Camille Pecastaingvia Policy Review
Friday, June 1, 2012

Learning to govern after the Arab Spring

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Let Arab Wealth Carry Its Own Burden

by Camille Pecastaingvia The Caravan
Thursday, February 23, 2012

History is not such a great mystery that its equations are beyond human reach. With regime change, what matters are the mathematics of pain and the mathematics of bullets. Pain is alleviated by cash, hope, and desperation. Bullets only come with cash.

In the News

Jihad in the Arabian Sea

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What is the future of this troubled and treacherous region...?

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