Journal articles (peer reviewed)

“Assembling Security in a ‘Weak State:’ The Contentious Politics of Plural Governance in Lebanon since 2005,” Third World Quarterly, (2016 ).

“A History of Insecurity: From the Arab Uprisings to ISIS,” Middle East Policy, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Fall 2015): 55-65.

“US Policy and the Geopolitics of Insecurity in the Arab World,” Geopolitics Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2010): 239-262.

Book chapters

“The Uses of Modernization Theory: American Foreign Policy and Mythmaking in the Arab World,” in Marwan Kraidy and Alex Lubin, eds. American Studies Encounters the Middle East (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

“The Geopolitics of Knowledge and the Challenge of Postcolonial Agency: International Relations, US Policy and the Arab World,” in Graham Huggan, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 217- 234.

“The Middle East through the lens of Critical Geopolitics: Globalization, Terrorism, and the Iraq War,” in Michael E. Bonine, Michael Gasper, and Abbas Amanat, eds. Is There a Middle East? The Evolution of a Geopolitical Concept (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), pp. 207-230.

“Fragments of a Retrospective History: Senator Kennedy’s Geopolitical Vision,” in Robert Myers, ed. Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East (Beirut: Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut, 2011), pp. 343- 355.

“American Interests and the Disappearing Frontier of Modernity in the Arab World: The View from the American University of Beirut,” in Patrick McGreevy, ed. Liberty and Justice: America and the Middle East (Beirut: Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut, 2009), pp. 212-225.

Other publications

Contributor, Mohseni, Payam (ed.) Iran and the Arab World after the Nuclear Deal. Report for Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, August 2015, pp. 50-52.

Guest editor (with Arang Keshavarzian), “Transnational connections in the Middle East: Political Economy, Security, and Geopolitical Imaginaries,” special section of Geopolitics Vol. 15, No. 2 (2010): 203-311.

“Re-Mapping Transnational Connections in the Middle East,” co-authored with Arang Keshavarzian, Geopolitics Vol. 15, No. 2 (April 2010): 203-209.

“Beyond the Bush Doctrine,” Middle East Report, No. 249 (Winter 2008): 38-44. “Reading Culture, Identity and Space in US Foreign Policy,” Middle East Report, No. 236 (Fall 2005): 44-6.

“Rethinking Anti-Colonial Movements and the Political Economy of Decolonization: The Case of Tunisia,” Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 1994): 77-106.



 Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

U of Minn Press   Amazon

Reviews: The Middle East Journal  63/2 (Spring 2009): 343-4, Choice (June 2009); MultiCultural Review (Summer 2009); H-Net Reviews: H-Levant (November 2009) html ; Anthropology Review Database (Dec. 2009) html;  Journal of Vacation Marketing (Jan. 2010): 75-7; Digest of Middle East Studies Vol. 19, No. 1 (2010): 115-116; Arab  Studies Journal, Vol. 19, no. 1, (Spring 2011): 165-9.

See also profile in JHU's Arts & Sciences Magazine html

"And for a look at the broader impact of tourism on the Arab world, pick up a copy of the excellent Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World by Waleed Hazbun."   --Anthony Ham, Middle East, 6th edition (Lonely Planet, 2009), pp. 117-8 

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

“Itineraries of Peace through Tourism: Excavating Territorial Attachments across the Arab/Israeli Frontier,” Peace & Change Vol. 37, No. 1 (January 2012): 3-36.

“Revising Itineraries of Tourism and Tourism Studies in the Middle East and North Africa,” Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change Vol. 8, No. 4 (December 2010): 225- 239.

“Modernity on the Beach: A Postcolonial Readings from Southern Shores,” Tourist Studies Vol. 9, No. 3 (December 2009): 203-222

“Images of openness, Spaces of control: The politics of tourism development in Tunisia,” Arab Studies Journal Vol. 15 No. 2/ Vol. 16 No. 1 (Fall 2007/Spring 2008): 10-35.

“Explaining the Arab Middle East Tourism Paradox,” The Arab World Geographer/Le Géographe du monde arabe, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2006): 201-214.

“Globalization, Reterritorialization and the Political Economy of Tourism Development in the Middle East,” Geopolitics, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 2004): 310-341.

Book chapters

“Afterword,” in Marcus L. Stephenson and Ala Al-Hamarneh, eds. International Tourism and the Gulf Cooperation Council States: Developments, Challenges
and Opportunities
(London: Routledge, forthcoming).

“The Folds of Place: Re-visiting questions of travel in Israel/Palestine,” in Rami K. Isaac, C. Michael Hall, and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, eds. The Politics and Power of Tourism in Palestine (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 166-177.

“The East as an Exhibit: Thomas Cook & Son and the Origins of the International Tourism Economy in Egypt,” in Philip Scranton and Jan Davidson, eds. The Business of Tourism: Place, Faith, and History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), pp. 3- 33.

“Mapping the Landscape of the ‘New Middle East’: The Politics of Tourism Development and the Peace Process in Jordan” in George Joffé, ed. Jordan in Transition, 1990- 2000 (New York: Palgrave, 2002), pp. 330-345.

“Enclave Orientalism: The State, Tourism, and the Politics of Post-National Development in the Arab World,” in Mike Robinson et al., eds. Management, Marketing and the Political Economy of Travel and Tourism (Sunderland, UK: Business Education Publishers, 2000), pp. 191-205.

Other publications

“Discussion: Tourism and Empire” (with Shelley Baranowski, Christopher Endy, Stephanie Malia Hom, Gordon Pirie, Trevor Simmons, and Eric G.E. Zuelow) Journal of Tourism History, Vol. 7, Nos. 1/2 (2015), 100-130.

“Inventing the frontier of wilderness in the Sinai,” in Ahmad Hosni, ed. Go Down Moses: A book on South Sinai (Cairo, Egypt, 2010), pp. 68-73.

Guest editor, “Tourism, Culture and Heritage in the Middle East and North Africa,” special issue of Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change Vol. 8, No. 4 (December 2010): 223-337.

“The Development of Tourism Industries in the Arab World: Trapped between the forces of economic globalization and cultural commodification,” in English for Tourism edited by Ratna Mullick, (Muscat, Oman: Language Centre, Sultan Qaboos University, 2006)

Mark Gottdiener’s The Theming of America (Westview, 2nd edition, 2001), a contribution to a review symposium in Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 38, No. 2 (November 2002): 282-4.

“International Tourism and the Politics of Reterritorialization in the Middle East,” in Précis: The Newsletter of the MIT Center of International Studies, Volume XI, Number 2 (Spring 2002).


“Why I majored in Politics,” in Major Choices (3rd Edition), Edited by Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Princeton University, 2011.

“Industrialization” pp. 1091-6 (extensive update) and “Mustafa Akkad” (new entry) in Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Second Edition, edited by Philip Mattar et al. (New York: Macmillan, 2004).

“Lebanon Before and After Civil Conflict,” “Reconstruction in Lebanon: Conditions and Challenges,” and co-author “Conclusion” in Nazli Choucri et. al., Human Resources for Industrial and Technological Development in Lebanon (Cambridge, MA: MIT Technology and Development Program, 1994).

“Anatomy of an Uprising: The Social Mechanics of the Palestinian Uprising,” Princeton International Forum, Vol. IV, No. 1 (Spring 1989).

Book reviews

Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013), in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 57, No. 4 (October 2015): 1087-9.

Noel Scott and Jafar Jafari, (eds.) Tourism in the Muslim World (Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2010), in Journal of Tourism History Vol. 5, Issue 3, (November 2013): 356-358.

Rebecca L. Stein, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke 2008) in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2010): 160-2.

Bruce K. Rutherford, Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam and Democracy in the Arab World (Princeton University Press, 2008) in Perspectives on Politics Vol. 7, No. 3 (September 2009): 702-703.

Nigel Ashton, King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life (Yale, 2008) in Middle East Journal Vol. 63, No. 2 (Spring 2009): 334-5.

Iain Chambers, Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (Duke, 2008) in Journal of North African Studies Vol. 13, No. 4 (December 2008): 565-7

Roxanne L. Euben, Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge (Princeton, 2006) in Political Theory Vol. 36, No. 1 (February 2008): 172-4.

“Hashemite Politics,” A review of Betty S. Anderson, Nationalist Voices in Jordan (Texas, 2005) and Russell E. Lucas, Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan (SUNY, 2005) in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2006): 126-128.

Globalization and Terrorism: The Migration of Dreams and Nightmares, by Jamal R. Nassar (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2005): 696-7.

“Deconstructing the Algerian ‘Nation,’” a review of Benjamin Stora, Algeria 1830-2000: A Short History (Cornell, 2001) in H-Africa, H-Net Reviews (April 2004).

Structural Flaws in the Middle East Peace Process: Historical Contexts, edited by J. W. Wright Jr. (Palgrave, 2002) in Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring 2003), pp. 107-8.

Newspaper opinion essays

“War Stories: Letter From Lebanon; A Hopkins professor teaching in Beirut sees the city keeping its cosmopolitan, diverse character even as it divides itself between hostile political forces,” Baltimore Sun, February 18, 2007; longer version posted at

“For Arab world peace, more voices need attention,” co-authored with Michelle Woodward,, April 13, 2005; Topeka Capital Journal (Topeka, KS) April 15, 2005; Brinkley Argus, (Brinkley, AK), April 13, 2005; Daily Corinthian (Corinth, MS) April 21, 2005, The Journal of Turkish Weekly, May 5th, 2005; Arts and Letters Magazine (Summer 2005).

“Political pluralism: a means to defuse the growth of militant challengers,” Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan), April 23-24, 2004; excerpt published in International Herald Tribune, April 26, 2004.

“American security and Arab self-determination,” Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan) October 27, 2003.

“Tourism--Learning the mechanisms of competitive growth,” Jordan Times (Amman, Jordan) August 20-21, 1998. 

Blog posts

“Lebanon: pivotal point for regional geopolitics?" posted at OpenDemocracy’s Arab Awakenings page (posted May 28, 2012). awakening/this-weeks-window-on-middle-east-may-28-2012

From Lebanon, With Pessimism and Hope at (posted March 3, 2011) and-hope/

“How widespread protests in Tunisia and Egypt could lead to a rapid transformation of geopolitics in the Middle East,” at University of Minnesota Press Blog (posted January 31, 2011). in-tunisia-egypt.html.

“Speed, Democracy, Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond,” at The Contemporary Condition (posted January 2011), tunisia.html

“The Future of Dubai?” at University of Minnesota Press Blog (posted December 10, 2009)

“Letter from Doha,” at Photo Beirut (posted April 15, 2007)

“Letter from Beirut,” at Photo Beirut (posted March 26, 2007)

“Letter From Beirut,” at 3 Quarks Daily (posted February 12, 2007)

Social Media:

Twitter: @Waleed_Hazbun, 


Presentations (selected)

"The Jet Set Frontier in the Middle East: Hijackings, Petrodollars, and the Fragility of American Travel Networks before 9/11" a presentation at Center for Middle East Studies, UC Berkeley.  video  abstract

Panelist, "Regional Shifts and International Institutions" at AUB Arab Uprisings Symposium: Critically Assessing the Changing Landscape of Power and Players. Sponsoredby the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. May 31-June 1, 2010. video

“Dubai and its future(s)”, presentation at panel on new urban developments unfolding in the Gulf region. Sponsored by Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi). Held at Studio X (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University), December 12, 2009, New York, NY.

“Iconic place-making in Dubai and the political economy of spatial competition” presentation at Dubai. La construcció de la ciutat temàtica DHUB Sessions, Disseny Hub Barcelona, May 29, 2009. Video

Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Tourism Sector,” at the Arab World Competitiveness Roundtable, Sponsored by the World Economic Forum, Doha, Qatar, April 9-10, 2007.

“The construction of global tourism spaces: Re-reading postwar Americanization, the view from the Istanbul Hilton,” paper presented at Globalization, Americanization and Contemporary Popular Culture conference at the Goethe Institute sponsored by the University of Bahçesehir, Istanbul, Turkey, May 20-22, 2004.powerpoint presenation

“A New Agenda for Tourism Development in the Arab World,” discussion paper prepared for The New Agenda: The Arab World in the 21st Century conference organized by Ghayth Armanazi, held by the League of Arab States, Cairo, Egypt, March 2004.   pdf

Interviews (selected)

"Waleed Hazbun, What Are You Listening To?" Poli Sci Prof's Genre-Crossing Choices Evoke Sense of Travel  All Things Considered, NPR April 15, 2004. link