Since the opening of the Kuwaiti Parliament’s current session on December 19, 2017 opposition members of parliament have moved aggressively to stymie the government’s austerity agenda.
Scott J. Weiner
Professorial Lecturer in Political Science, George Washington University
Scott Weiner is a professorial lecturer in political science at George Washington University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics of the Middle East, human rights, and gender politics. His policy writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Lawfare, Small Wars Journal, The New Arab, Muftah, and Diplomatic Courier. From 2013-14, Weiner served as a visiting research fellow at the American University of Kuwait. His academic work has appeared in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Political Studies Review. Prior to starting his doctorate, he worked as a research analyst on Iraq for Strategic Social and a research assistant on the Iraq project at the Institute for the Study of War. He is a member of the Bridging the Gap Project and chairs the Middle East Discussion Group of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Weiner holds a PhD and an MA in political science from George Washington University and a BA in international relations from Tufts University.
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