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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Melani Cammett

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Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. Her first book, Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2007) examines how integration in the global economy reshapes state-business relations, focusing on Morocco and Tunisia. Cammett's second book, "Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Plural Societies", explores how sectarian organizations allocate social welfare goods and is based on extensive research in Lebanon with short case studies of organizations in Iraq and India. An article based on this research won the 2011 Alexander L. George Award of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Section of the American Political Science Association. Her co-edited book manuscript, "The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South," which examines the origins, evolution and consequences of non-state welfare provision for state-building and human security in diverse regions. Her new research focuses on governance and public goods provision by Islamists in several countries in the Middle East. Cammett has published articles in World Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Politics, World Development and other scholarly journals. Cammett holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.




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