Institute for Middle East Studies

Events Archive – Fall 2010


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The Middle East Policy Forum & Palestinian American Research Center
Current Political Debates in Palestine

featuring

Moussa Abou Ramadan

Birzeit University

Ghada AlMadbouh
University of Maryland and Birzeit University

Helga Baumgarten
Birzeit University

Mouin Rabbani
Institute of Palestine Studies

Palestinian internal politics are marked by crisis: division between the West Bank and Gaza, deep disagreements about the course of the Palestinian national movement, and despair over peace negotiations. Four scholars from Palestine will present their views on the current state of political debates among Palestinians on these and other issues.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Harry Harding Auditorium
Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW


The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil




Project on Middle East Political Science
"Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism": A conversation with John Calvert

Dr. John Calvert, the Fr. Henry W. Casper SJ Associate Professor of History at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, will present remarks on his recently released book, "Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism."

A limited number of signed copies will be available for distribution.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW




Nuclear Power Talks
and the Institute for Middle East Studies
U.S. Policy toward Iran and the Gulf

featuring

Andrew Parasiliti

Executive Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Andrew Parasiliti is executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-U.S.; Corresponding Director of the IISS-Middle East; and a member of the IISS Directing Staff. He is a frequent traveler to the Middle East and writer on U.S. policy toward the region. The IISS (www.iiss.org) is the leading think-tank devoted to global politics and strategy, with offices in London, Washington, Manama, and Singapore.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW




The Middle East Policy Forum
"Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S. - Arab Relations"

Ussama Makdisi
Professor of History and Chair of the Arab American Educational Foundation of Arab Studies at Rice University

Award-winning author Ussama Makdisi will explore the history of U.S.-Arab relations, explaining why Arabs once had a favorable view of America and why they no longer do.

Ussama Makdisi is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation name Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding the cultures and civilizations of Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad. Makdisi earned his doctorate in history at Princeton University. His previous book, Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East, was the winner of the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize and the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Award.

***The first 50 people to arrive at this event will receive a free copy of Professor Makdisi's newest book***

Monday, November 8, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW


The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil




Project on Middle East Political Science
"Insecurity in the Gulf"

Three leading political scientists will discuss a variety of security issues in the Gulf, including the al-Qaeda challenge and security calculations around developments with Iran and Iraq.

Featuring

Thomas Hegghammer
Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

F. Gregory Gause III
Director, Middle East Studies Program, University of Vermont

Kristin Smith Diwan
Assistant Professor of Comparative and Regional Studies, American University

Moderated by

Marc Lynch
Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University


Thursday, November 4, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW




Project on Middle East Political Science
"Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World:" A Converstation with Nir Rosen

Nir Rosen -- an accomplished freelance writer, photographer and film-maker who has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia -- will present remarks on his latest book, "Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World."

A limited number of signed copies will be available for distribution.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW



The Institute for Middle East Studies, The Global Women's Forum &The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Ensuring Vulnerable Women's Autonomy Through Economic Independance and Professional Integration: Morocco's Accomplishments of the Millennium Development Goals

Opening remarks

H. E. Aziz Makouar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States

Presentation by

Aicha Ech-Channa, President of Association Solidarité Féminine

Moderated by

Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, GWU

In recent years the Kingdom of Morocco has made important strides in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out by the United Nations. One of the MDGs is the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Aicha Ech-Channa will discuss her 25-year experience as a social activist defending the rights of women and providing them with the necessary psychological counseling and legal assistance. Other topics include women's literacy, property rights, and political participation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW



Middle East Policy Forum
"Negotiating with Iran"
Wednesday, October 27nd

Ambassador John Limbert
Former Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Professor of International Affairs at the United Stated Naval Academy

Ambassador Limbert will draw on his extensive foreign service experience and his knowledge of the the Iranian people to discuss the problematic relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW


The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil



Institute for Middle East Studies: Film Screening and Discussion
"Degrees of Incarceration"

featuring

Amahl Bishara

Film Director, Dr. Amahl Bishara is an assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.  She is completing a book on the production of U.S. news about Palestinians in the West Bank, and she will be beginning research next year on the relationship between Palestinians inside Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank.  She received her Ph.D. from New York University in Anthropology in 2006, and then held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Synopsis: How do Palestinian refugees manage the heavy toll political prison takes on young and old under Israeli occupation?  Teenagers are arrested in the middle of the night for participating in protests.  Parents make arduous journeys to visit imprisoned sons. Yet, this is not centrally a story of Palestinian suffering.  A youth organization led by former prisoners produces a play to teach teenagers how to cope with interrogation.  It also channels youth into activities that support their community, but diminish risk of arrest. Through observational footage and interviews filmed over six years in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Degrees of Incarceration introduces a community of Palestinians - mothers, teenagers, children, community leaders - as they strive to support each other in the enduring shadow of political prison.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW





The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Middle East Policy Forum

Oman 2010: 40 Years - Building the Future
A Conference on the Sultanate of Oman
Thursday, September 30, 2010


Panel 1: Political Development
Panel 2: Economic Development
Luncheon with Presentation on Omani Falaj System
Panel 3: Women in Oman

Speakers
Her Excellency Dr. Rawya bint Saud al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman
The Honorable William Burns, Undersecretary for Political Affairs, US Department of State

Panelists

Dr. Thuwayba bint Ahmed al Barawani, Sultan Qaboos University
Dr. Samira Moosa, The State Council, Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Najma Al Zidjaly, Sultan Qaboos University
Frank Sesno, George Washington University
Dr. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont
Dr. John E. Petersen, Independent Scholar
Dr. Michael Moore, The George Washington University
Dr. Hermann Franssen, International Energy Associates, Inc.
Dr. Hatem Al Shanfari, Sultan Qaboos University, Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Oman
Dr. Amer Al-Rawas, CEO, Oman Telecommunications Company
Dr. Peter Smith, University of Arizona, Tucson


Thursday, September 30, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The City View Room
Seventh Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil



Middle East Policy Forum
The Arab Israeli Peace Process
Wednesday, September 22nd

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy
Former Ambassador of Egypt to the US
Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo


Wednesday, September 22, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW


The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil



Project on Middle East Political Science
Egypt on the Brink: Looking Ahead to Elections and Other Possible Transitions

Featuring

Nathen Brown
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington's Elliott School of International Affairs

Tarek Masoud
Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Samer Shehata
Assistant Professor of Arab Politics at the Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Moderated by

Marc Lynch
Director of the Institute for Middle East studies at George Washington University

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Suite 602, 1957 E Street, NW



 


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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
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Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), Elliott School of Internaitonal Affairs
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