Nagwan Soliman named Emeritus Scholar in Residence Kraemer Middle East 2022


by the staff of the Reves Center for International Studies


March 4, 2022

The Reves Center for International Studies and the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School announced that Nagwan Soliman, Senior Fellow at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign A Fellow in Service and Non-Residential Affiliate at Georgetown University’s Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, is the 2022 Kraemer Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Middle East.

Soliman will give two lectures at the university, both free and open to the public:

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 5 p.m.
    “Keep Faith in Democracy: Eleven Years After the Arab Spring”
    Reves Room, Reves Center, 200 S. Boundary Street
    Presented by the Reves Center for International Studies
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022, 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    “Transitional Periods in Arab Spring Countries”
    William & Mary School of Law, 613 S. Henry Street, Room 133
    Presented by the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School

Soliman was previously a research fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She specializes in women and the peace process, conflict transformation, sectarian tensions between Muslims and Christians in the Arab region, youth radicalization, democratization and social movements and Islamist groups in the MENA region.

Soliman obtained his doctorate. degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Italy and his Masters in Political Science from Cairo University. She was a visiting doctoral student at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a doctoral candidate in the Middle East Directions program at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, and a visiting scholar. member of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, of the Freie Universität Berlin and of the University of Amsterdam. Soliman was also President of the Regional Center for Mediation and Dialogue, Egypt, and Project Manager at the Religioscope Institute, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Soliman is a regional trainer in conflict and peace studies. She has trained activists from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Oman and Turkey. She has contributed to the design of Early Warning and Rapid Response (EWRR) networks and dialogue processes in many countries in the MENA region.

Soliman has been a consultant for some organizations, such as the Religioscope Institute, Switzerland, and has shared her experiences in managing sectarian tensions and designing dialogue processes in a post-conflict era with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. (UNMIK).

the Emeritus Researcher in Residence Kraemer Middle East was created through a generous gift from Carole A. and Richard C. Kraemer ’65. It is offered annually and provides an opportunity for an academic specializing in Islamic law and governance to spend a short period at William & Mary to share their expertise with the academic community. It is open to all geographies and sub-disciplines, provided the researcher’s background, interests, and timeliness is or clearly related to Islamic law and governance.

The Reves Center Global Engagement Team works closely with the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the William & Mary School of Law to identify potential scholars and promote this initiative.


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