Here's a not-rhetorical question for the political scientists in the audience. 10 years ago (Chicago, 1998), I was on a very well-attended roundtable at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting about the state of the art in the field of "International Relations of the Middle East" The other panelists were Steve Walt, Michael Barnett, Malik Mufti, and Greg Gause. Here is my question: if you were to organize a similar panel today, who would you want on it? Who do you think is doing the most interesting/influential work in the academic field of IR on the Middle East? Please don't say me, even if you most sincerely believe that to be true, since that won't help me. But feel free to nominate yourself if you can make a case for yourself, and feel free to email me your answers privately if you'd prefer. Thanks!
UPDATE: thanks, everyone, for very interesting discussion and some great suggestions. I'll let you know when this becomes relevant.