Bessma Momani

Fellows
2015
Current affiliation:
Full Professor, Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Localisation:

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

Professor Momani works on issues of global economic governance and specializes in the political economy of the Middle East. She has extensive expertise in the fields of Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring and organizational culture. More recently, Dr. Momani has turned her attention to studying Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

Trudeau project

Arab Canadian Youth: Pursuing Responsible Citizenship to Counter Disempowerment & Disengagement

Project objectives

To better understand and document the experiences, stories, and practices of Arab-Canadian youth as regards involvement of the diaspora in transnationalism, political debates, and conflicts concerning their countries of origin, as well as their sense of belonging to and their social integration in Canada. This objective will be accomplished through workshops, focus groups, interviews, and surveys in seven cities across Canada. The project will also examine feelings of cohesion and division in Arab-Canadian communities, with a special emphasis on their transnational ties with their Arab countries of origin and their potential direct and indirect involvement in intraregional conflicts and civil wars. Learn more.

Bessma Momani is a full professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, a global thinktank based in Waterloo, Ontario. She has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy. Bessma has been non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, a Canada-US Fulbright scholar, and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center and Amman Institute in Jordan.

She has authored and co-edited over eight books and over 60 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, petrodollars, regional trade agreements in the Middle East, and economic liberalization throughout the Arab Gulf and Middle East. Bessma has received a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awards and prizes for her research on global economic governance and political economy of the Middle East.

She has been a public commentator and analyst on the global economy, the Middle East and the Arab Spring. She is a regular contributor to CBC radio and is a Middle East analyst on CTV News, CBC’s The National, Al-Jazeera English, Bloomberg TV, Business News Network (BNN) and TVO’s The Agenda. More recently, Bessma has turned her attention to studying Arab Canadians and Arab youth. She has co-edited Targeted Transnationals, published by UBC Press, and has a forthcoming book entitled Arab Boom: The Future Hope of Arab Youth to be published by University of Toronto Press.

  • December 15, 2016
    The last consultation of the Pluralism Project’s cross-country tour, led by 2015 Trudeau Fellow Bessma Momani of the University of Waterloo and 2015 Trudeau Mentor Jillian Stirk of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, took place on 14 December, in Montréal.
  • December 14, 2016
    Canada has implicitly and explicitly embraced diversity as one of the foundational characteristics of what makes us a country. However, some institutions like the Canadian Armed Forces do not reflect the demographic makeup of Canada. The aim of the workshop taking place in Waterloo on 12-13 April 2017 is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of academics, policy practitioners, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel to present research and insights on this issue. 2016 Trudeau fellow Bessma Momani will be part of the workshop.
  • August 8, 2016
    The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is happy to announce that it has approved its second round of targeted-area-of-inquiry (TAI) projects. The three projects include an exploration of Indigenous law, a social innovation lab addressing food waste, and a dialogue on the inclusion of Muslim-Canadian youth.
  • June 24, 2016
    How to attract diversity beyond larger Canadian urban centres? How can social diversity be harnessed for greater economic advantage? And is Canada making the most of social diversity in its cities and towns?
  • March 22, 2016
    Are multicultural societies more or less prosperous than the alternatives? Is transnationalism an opportunity or a threat? And is Canada making the most of social diversity in its cities and towns?
  • March 4, 2016
    Issues around social cohesion, the mass movement of people, and belonging are among the most complex and divisive questions facing many countries today. As part of its mission to support critical thinking and engagement on issues important to our collective future, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation organized a series of events at London, United Kingdom, at the end of February and beginning of March 2016.

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