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Matt Buehler

Fellow, Global Security Policy Program

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

PhD, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Comparative Politics of the Middle East.

In 2013-14, he held a book-writing fellowship at the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.  Dr. Buehler has been traveling to the Arab world since 2006, completing over three years of fieldwork and Arabic training in North Africa, Syria, and the Persian Gulf. His main research interests include democratization, authoritarianism, the Arab uprisings, Islamist movements, North African political parties, and Moroccan politics. Formerly, he worked as an English-Arabic translator at Morocco’s second-largest circulating Arabic newspaper, Sabah.

Dr. Buehler is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Why Alliances Fail: Opposition Coalitions between Islamists and Leftists in North Africa. His manuscript elucidates the conditions under which opposition parties build stable, enduring alliances to contest authoritarian regimes, marshaling evidence from coalitions between North Africa’s Islamists and leftists. While Islamists and leftists forged a solid alliance in Tunisia, which supported democratization, similar pacts in Morocco and Mauritania collapsed, reinforcing authoritarianism. To make its case, the book manuscript draws on two years of fieldwork, original statistical data, and archival research.

Dr. Buehler’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Mediterranean Politics, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

Contact Information

Dr. Matt Buehler
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
1001 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Office: (865) 974-7051
Fax: (865) 974-7037

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