PAUL AMAR is Associate Professor in the Global & International Studies Program, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in comparative politics, international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, theories of the state, and theories of gender, race, and postcolonial politics. He holds affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies. Professor Amar’s research, publishing, and teaching focus on the areas of state institutions, security regimes, social movements, and democratic transitions in the Middle East and Latin America. His books include The Security Archipelago: ‘Human Security’ States, Sexuality Politics and the End of Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2012); Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East with Diane Singerman (American University in Cairo Press, 2006); and Dispatches from the Arab Revolt (LeftWord Press, 2012).