Middle East, Arab World, Democracy, Authoritarianism, Regimes, Development, Comparative
Sean Yom is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University and Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is a specialist on regimes and governance in the Middle East, especially in Arab monarchies like Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco. His research engages topics of authoritarian politics, democratic reforms, institutional stability, economic development, and historical identity in these countries, as well as their implications for US foreign policy. His publications include the books From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2016), as well as Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, 8th edition (Routledge, 2016); articles in print journals like Comparative Political Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Middle East Journal; and contributions in online venues like Foreign Affairs, Middle East Eye, and the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. He also advises country-level work with international NGOs, law firms, and sovereign clients. Education: A.B., Brown University (2003); PhD., Harvard University (2009).
From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016).
“Analytic Transparency, Radical Honesty, and Strategic Incentives,” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 51, No. 3 (April 2018): 416-421.
“Jordan and Morocco: The Palace Gambit,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2017), pp. 132-146.
“Understanding the Arab Spring: One Region, Several Puzzles, and Many Explanations,” Government and Opposition, Vol. 50, No. 4 (October 2015), pp. 682-704.