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IMES Special Event
A Conversation on Turkish Foreign Policy

With the Ambassador from Turkey to the US: His Excellency Namik Tan

Ambassador Tan will speak about Turkey's role in the international community and will answer questions following his speech. Introductory remarks will be made by Professor Michael Sodaro of the Elliott School. To read Ambassador Tan's biography, please click here

December 8th
7:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

Doors will open at 7:00pm

This event is presented by the Turkish Student Association and the International Affairs Society in conjunction with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Institute for Middle East Studies.



IMES Special Event
The World Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students Meeting

With the Ion Ratin Democracy Award Winner: Nabeel Rajab of Bahrain

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, is one of the founders of the human rights movement in Bahrain. Rajab also has been active internationally as deputy secretary general for the International Federation for Human Rights and as the chairperson of CARAM-Asia, a regional network that addresses migration and health issues. He is also on the Board of Advisors for Human Rights Watch and a member of an Arab media monitoring group. He is the recipient of the Silbury Prize to "facilitate his on-going humanitarian and human rights work" and has received the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy award.

Rajab began his human rights career in 1999 as a founder of the first human rights organization in Bahrain, "The Bahrain Human Rights society", after years of working in secrecy. He went on to co-found the Bahrain Human Rights society and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, as well as other committees to protect the rights of various marginalized groups. Throughout his career, Rajab has dealt with threats and violence, often having to defend himself against false accusations for conspiring against the current regime. He has shown exceptional courage by continuing his work. Rajab's exceptional work in documenting and reporting the human rights violations during this critical time has helped to get international support for the families of detainees, something which has only benefitted from the latest social media.

Moderated by Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., The George Washington University
Founder, World Youth Democracy Forum, and Senior Advisor, Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

December 2nd
11AM - 12:30PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

A light lunch will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Institute for Middle East Studies.



IMES Lecture Series
Negative Governance: Bio-Power and Vulnerability in an Egyptian Village

A Conversation with Dr. Mitch Rose

Dr. Rose received his PhD in Geography from Cambridge University and is now a lecturer at the University of Hull. His research analyzes the fundamental relationship between people and place through ethnographic engagements with the cultural landscape, and has appeared in numerous journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Geoforum and Emotion, Space and Society. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Dreams of Presence: A Theory of Culture and Landscape.

December 2nd
4:00 PM
Geography Seminar Room (Old Main, 219)
1922 F St. NW

This event is sponsored by IMES and the Department of Geography as part of the Geography Speaker Series. The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers.



IMES Lecture Series
Turkey After the Elections: What's Next?

A Panel Discussion

Featuring:
Stephen Flanagan, Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Diplomacy and National Security, CSIS
Evangelos Liaras, Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow in European Studies, IERES
Kadir Ustun, Research Director, SETA Foundation

In June of this year, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) emerged victorious, securing another term in power. What does this mean for Turkey's domestic politics and foreign policy? The panelists will discuss state-military relations and the prospects for resolving the Kurdish issue in light of continued AKP rule and a recent escalation of hostilities between the state and the Kurdish movement. These issues will also be explored in the context of the constitutional reform process that is currently underway. Finally, Turkish foreign policy and Turkey's role is in the region, including relations with neighboring Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Arab Spring.

November 29th
3:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) and Professionals in European, Eurasian, & Russian Studies (PEERS). The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers.



IMES Special Event
Film Screening: "Four Women One Revolution"

And conversation wtih filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carelton, and star of the film Shima'a Helmy

Micah and Marie-Helene are filmmakers currently working on a feature-length film about the Egyptian Revolution entitled "If"--a coming-of-age story of four young Egyptian women and their experiences during the revolution. All are online activists who went to Tahrir Square, and whose voices reached a worldwide audience through Twitter and Facebook. "If" chronicles both their experiences during the revolution, and their ongoing struggle for the new Egypt. To read full bios for both Micah and Marie-Helene, and to learn more about Four Corners Media, please click here

One of the women profiled in their film is Shima'a Helmy. She is a human rights activist from Cairo, Egypt who participated in the January 25th uprising since day one and has been an organizer of marches, demonstrations, and protest events ever since. She holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology and is a teacher of Arabic to non-native speakers, a freelance translator, and writer. Shima'a is visiting the US and speaking about the power of social media in the recent revolution in Egypt and the current situation within the country. To read a recent interview with Shima'a, click here

"Four Women One Revolution," an 8-minute mini-documentary featuring Shima'a, will be screened. To view a trailer of the film, click here

For more information about "If" please visit here

November 28th
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor



POMEPS Event Series
"Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State-Sponsored Militias"

A Conversation with Ariel I. Ahram

Ariel I. Ahram is assistant professor in the Department of International and Area Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include the politics of the Middle East, state formation and state failure, and multi-method research techniques. He earned a Ph.D. in Government and M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

In Proxy Warriors: The Rise and Fall of State-Sponsored Militias, Ariel Ahram offers a new perspective on a growing threat to international and human
security--the reliance of 'weak states' on quasi-official militias, paramilitaries, and warlords. Tracing the history of several "high profile" paramilitary organizations, including Indonesia's various militia factions, Iraq's tribal "awakening," and Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Basij corps, the book shows why and how states co-opt these groups, turning former rebels into state-sponsored militias. Building on an historical and comparative empirical approach that emphasizes decolonization, revolution, and international threat, the author offers a new set of policy prescriptions for addressing this escalating international crisis--with particular attention to strategies for mitigating the impact of this devolution of violence on the internal and international stability of states.

November 18th
7:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*A wine reception and book signing will follow. A limited number of books will be available to GW students*

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



MEPF Event Series
The US and the Arab Spring: An Arab Perspective

A Conversation with Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla

Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla is a renowned Arab intellectual and prolific writer and lecturer on Middle East politics. Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla will present a regional perspective on the Arab Spring's impact on US-Arab relations and the prospects for political reform in the Arabian Peninsula. Dr. Abdulla is a professor of political science at UAE University and also serves as the general coordinator of the Gulf Development Forum, director of the research center at Al-Khaleej newspaper, and editor of the Gulf Strategic Report

November 16th
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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



MEPF Event Series
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Report from the Field

A Conversation with Ethan Bronner

Ethan Bronner is serving his fourth year as The New York Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, following four years as the paper's deputy foreign editor. Previously, he was the Boston Globe's Middle East bureau chief in the mid-1980s and Reuters' deputy Jerusalem bureau chief in the mid-1990s. A series he helped edit on Al Qaeda was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2002.

Ethan Bronner will share his unique insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gained through three tours as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. He will examine both the conflict and US policy in the Middle East in the context of the 2011 Arab uprisings.

November 3rd
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

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



POMEPS Event Series
After Tunisia's Election

A Panel Discussion

John P. Entelis, Fordham University
Chris Alexander
, Davidson College
Melani Cammett, Brown University

Moderated by: Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three political scientists will discuss the Tunisian election and possible outcomes, offering perspectives looking forward.

November 2nd
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*A light lunch will be served.*

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



MEPF Event Series
Turning Motion Picture into Emotion

A Documentary Film Presentation Featuring:

Walid Al-Awadi, Producer, C Sky Pictures

Walid al-Awadi is the Executive Producer of the Kuwait-based C Sky Pictures and director of numerous acclaimed documentaries. His newest film, Tora Bora, relates the story of a Pakistani father and mother in search for their son, who is fighting for Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. This film was celebrated at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Award-winning Kuwaiti filmmaker and producer Walid al-Awadi will present excerpts from his documentary films on 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He will also provide personal commentary and discuss his unique filmmaking approach, which narrates contemporary events through individual stories.

October 26th
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor


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



POMEPS Event Series
"The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square"

A Conversation with Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, The Struggle For Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for GW students to have signed by the author following the event.


October 24th
5:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*A wine reception will follow.*

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



MEPF Event Series
Revolutionary vs. Reformist Islam: The Iran-Turkey Rivalry in the Middle East

A Panel Discussion

Omer Taspinar, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Hadi Semati
, Iranian Political Scientist
Mohammad Tabar, Adjunct Lecturer, George Washington University

Moderated by: Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

The Arab Spring has brought Iran and Turkey into a regional rivalry to sell their different brands of Islam. Tehran is hoping to inspire an "Islamic awakening," while Ankara is calling for a "secular state that respects all religions." The panelists will also discuss the impact of the rivalry on Iranian internal politics and vice versa.

October 17th
7:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*
Please note: This program will be off the record out of respect for its presenters.*

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



POMEPS Event Series
What Should the Palestinians Do Now?

A Panel Discussion

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Mouin Rabbani
, Institute for Palestine Studies
Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Moderated by: Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss prospects for Palestinians after the United Nations statehood bid.

October 4th
12:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*A light lunch will be served.*

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



Special Event
Iraqi Reconstruction: A Conversation with the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Samir Sumaidaie

Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie

His Excellency Ambassador Sumaidaie from the Republic of Iraq will discuss reconstruction in Iraq and how the Arab Spring has affected both reconstruction and the current government.

October 3rd
7:00 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW

*A reception will follow the event on the 2nd floor of Jack Morton Auditorium.*

This event is sponsored by the GW International Affairs Society and IMES.



Middle East Policy Forum
Implications of a Nuclear Empowered Iran for the United States and the Region

Bruce Riedel
Senior Fellow
Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Brookings Institution


American politicians from both parties have said the United States cannot allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders have suggested they are prepared to use force to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal. Yet Iran is likely to behave like other nuclear weapons states if and when it crosses the nuclear threshold. This lecture will examine how Iran is likely to behave as a nuclear weapons state based on analysis of its past behavior and the military balance of power in the Middle East.

September 28th
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor


Bruce Riedel
is a former CIA officer and expert in terrorism and security issues in the Middle East and South Asia. He served as a senior advisor for three US presidents, leading a strategic review of US policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House in 2009. His books include The Search for Al-Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future (Brookings Press, 2008) and Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, & the Future of Global Jihad (Brookings Press, 2011).

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



POMEPS Event Series
State of the Egyptian Revolution

A Panel Discussion

Rabab El Mahdi, American University in Cairo
Joshua Stacher
, Kent State University
Mona El-Ghobashy
, Barnard College

Moderated by: Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss the state of the revolution in Egypt and offer perspectives looking forward.

September 21st
3:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



Special Event
OneVoice

OneVoice Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders will discuss the United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, regional changes, and the potential impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These two representatives will provide an insider's perspective on the political atmosphere and the daily lives of their fellow citizens. OneVoice activists Eyal Shapira and Obada Shtaya will share their stories, seeking to open Washington's ears to the "silent majority" of Israelis and Palestinians who call for a two-state solution. Eyal, 25, was born and raised in Jerusalem, a place defined by its position as a key final status issue in the conflict. Refusing to shy away from difficult conversations, Eyal constantly mobilizes his fellow activists to take to the streets of Jerusalem, educating people and getting them interested in OneVoice and its mission. Obada, 20, considers freedom of movement to be a fundamental right of all Palestinians. His father was exiled to Lebanon in 1991 because of his political activism, which also prevented him from international travel for 20 years. These experiences sealed Obada's passion for travel and politics.

September 20th
6:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

This event is co-sponsored by IMES, Amnesty International, GW Acting Politically for Israel, GW Hillel, GW Roosevelt Institute, International Affairs Society, J Street @GW, and Student Alliance for Israel



POMEPS Event Series
Tweeting the Arab Revolution: A Conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a non-resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government and a UAE-based columnist. His columns have been published internationally including: The Gulf News, The National Newspaper, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, and Open Democracy, amongst others. He has been recognized in Time magazine and is internationally renowned for his Twitter commentary (@SultanAlQassemi). He will discuss his experience monitoring the events of the Arab Spring.

September 15th
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor
*A light lunch will be provided.*

This event is sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).



IMES Special Event
The Socioeconomic Mobility and Political Participation of the Kurds of Lebanon: Does Naturalization Matter?

Guita Hourani

The Kurds of Lebanon are composed of economic migrants from today's Turkey, who arrived in Lebanon in the 1930s, as well as political refugees from Syria, who arrived in the 1960s. Many members of the Kurdish community were 'citizenless' for various reasons until 1994. Presidential decree No. 5247, dated June 1994, naturalized over 10,000 members of this community. Using Subjective Social Status (SSS), the lecture will discuss preliminary findings of a survey addressing the socioeconomic mobility and political participation of the naturalized at the time of naturalization (i.e.,1994) and 15 years after (i.e., 2010).

September 13th
12:00 PM
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

Ms. Guita G. Hourani (MA, MURP, PhD Candidate) is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University-Louaizé, Lebanon. Ms. Hourani is currently a PhD candidate at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Her most recent publication is "Naturalized Citizens: Political Participation, Voting Behavior, and Impact on Elections in Lebanon (1996-2007)," co-authored with Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous, The Journal of International Migration and Integration (August, 2011).

This event is sponsored by IMES and the GW Diaspora Research Program.




IMES Lecture Series
The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

Charles Kurzman

Professor Kurzman, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be presenting remarks on his latest book, The Missing Martyrs. A limited number of books will be available for GW students. A book signing and reception will follow.

September 9th
7:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

This event is sponsored by IMES and the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). The IMES Lecture Series is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers.




 


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