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POMEPS Book Launch
Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria
A Conversation with Laurie Brand

Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California and Chair of the Middle East Studies Association’s Committee on Academic Freedom. Brand is the author of several works, including Citizens Abroad: Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (2006). She will discuss her most recent book Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (2014)

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students.*

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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IMES Title VI Journalism Initiative
Reporting from Yemen
A Conversation with Laura Kasinof

Laura Kasinof is a freelance journalist who reported from Yemen from 2009 to 2012. As the Arab Spring spread to country in 2011, she found herself thrown into a maelstrom of popular protest and government crackdown. She will be discussing her forthcoming book, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen, and her experiences documenting Yemen's revolution.

*A light lunch will be provided*

*Limited copies of the book will be available for students.*

Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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Middle East Policy Forum
No End in Sight
with Paul Hughes, Barbara Bodine, and Lawrence Wilkerson

The Middle East Policy Forum will show the documentary “No End in Sight,” which provides a critical and comprehensive look at the Bush Administration’s approach at the time of the U.S. intervention and its aftermath. Three experts featured in the film—Ambassador Bodine, Colonel Hughes, and Colonel Wilkerson—will discuss their experiences in Iraq and provide a contextual basis for the country’s ongoing descent into chaos.

A screening of the film will be followed by dinner and a panel discussion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St, NW, 6th Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil


Middle East Policy Forum
Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises
with Jubin Goodarzi

Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake in both Iraq and Syria.

Jubin Goodarzi will provide an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St, NW, 5th Floor
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The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil

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Upcoming Events

POMEPS Book Launch
"Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria"
With Dr. Laurie Brand
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
12:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

IMES Title VI Journalism Initiative
"Reporting from Yemen"
With Laura Kasinof
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
12:00 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

Middle East Policy Forum
"No End in Sight"
With Paul Hughes, Barbara Bodine, and Lawrence Wilkerson

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
5:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

Middle East Policy Forum
"Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises"
With Dr. Jubin Goodarzi

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
5:30 PM
Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs
» RSVP here

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