Institute for Middle East Studies

Events Archive – Fall 2012


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The Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for Middle East Studies present
A Whisper to a Roar
A Film Screening featuring

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Marc Lynch
, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
Ben Moses, Director, A Whisper to a Roar

A Whisper to a Roar tells the stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world -- Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries oppressive regimes.



~To find out more about the film, please visit the website here, where you can view a trailer and read reviews of the film as well.~

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Documentary Screening
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:45 PM Reception

Monday, December 3
5:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium (Room 213)
1957 E St., NW, 2nd floor

This event is sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for Middle East Studies.


The Middle East Policy Forum and the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority present
"America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy"
A Book Discussion Featuring Nicholas Kralev

Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist, and lecturer on diplomacy, international affairs and global travel. Formerly a correspondent for the Financial Times and Washington Times, he has written extensively on US diplomacy and foreign affairs. He is also the founder and CEO of Kralev International LLC, an air travel consulting and training company.

He will be discussing his new book, America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy which humanizes the mysterious profession of international diplomacy, which has undergone a dramatic transformation since September 11, 2001. Having visited more than 50 embassies and interviewed about 600 American diplomats, the author reveals a Foreign Service whose diversity and professional versatility have shattered old perceptions and redefined modern diplomacy. But he also depicts a service not fully equipped to address the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Thursday, November 29
6:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium (Room 213)
1957 E St., NW, 2nd floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring"
A Conversation with Dr. Michael Willis

Dr. Michael Willis is University Research Lecturer, and King Mohamed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oxford.

He will be discussing his new book, Power and Politics in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring.

Thursday, November 15
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
Protest and Rebellion in the Middle East
A Panel Discussion

Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Jillian Schwedler, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
David Patel, Cornell University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss opportunities, resources, and emotions in regional social protest movements.

Thursday, November 15
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
"A new deal? Renegotiating civil-military relations in Egypt"
A Conversation with Dr. Yezid Sayigh

Dr. Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the future political role of Arab armies, the resistance and reinvention of authoritarian regimes, and the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace process.

Tuesday, November 13
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


MEPF Event Series
Turkey in the Middle East: Role, Influence, and Challenges
A Panel Discussion

Dr. Omer Taspinar, Professor, National War College; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Director and Senior Associate, Turkey Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Moderated by Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is a major player in the Middle East. Turkey's active involvement in the Syrian crisis, rivalry with Iran, and outspoken advocacy of Palestinian statehood place Turkey at the center of regional events. The panelists will examine Turkey's rising role in the region, addressing regional opportunities as well as domestic politics.

Monday, November 5
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
"Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance"
A Conversation with Dr. Jason Brownlee

Dr. Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches Middle East politics and US foreign policy.

He will be discussing his new book, Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance.

Thursday, November 1
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


MEPF Event Series
Jordan in the Crosshairs
A Panel Discussion

Marwan Al-Muashar, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Deputy Prime Minister, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Dr. Curtis Ryan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Appalachian State University
Moderated by Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

Although the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has so far weathered the region's political upheaval, rising domestic unrest combined with regional pressure stemming from the Syrian conflict pose serious challenges to Jordan's stability. The panelists will discuss the internal and external pressures shaping Jordan's contentious political process, assessing the prospects of political reform and potential for greater unrest.

Tuesday, October 23
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
Arab Transitions to What?
A Panel Discussion

Eva Bellin, Brandeis University
Tamara Wittes, Brookings Institution
Daniel Brumberg, United States Institute of Peace; Georgetown University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss the political transitions in the Arab World since the region's uprisings.

Wednesday, October 10
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


MEPF Event Series
Oil Politics in the Persian Gulf
A Panel Discussion

Dr. Jean-Francois Seznec, Managing Director, The Lafayette Group
Dr. Denise Natali, Minerva Chair, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Matt Amitrano, Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State
Moderated by Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum

Regional political and security issues increasingly shape energy sector development in the Persian Gulf. Rising regional oil consumption, disputed territories, and a host of internal political challenges impede growth in the oil-rich Persian Gulf states. The panelists will highlight Iraq, where disputes over land, authority, and resources prevent Iraq from reaching its potential as an oil-producing heavyweight.

Wednesday, September 26
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


The Institute for Middle East Studies and the Department of History present:
The Arab Uprising at the Intersection of the Transnational and National
A Conversation with James Gelvin

Dr. James Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA. He graduated from Columbia University (A.B.), the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (M.I.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.).  He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Beirut.  A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes.

Dr. Gelvin will discuss his most recent book, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was published in February 2012. 

Wednesday, September 19
4:00 PM
IMES Conference Room

This event is supported by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Department of History.


POMEPS Event Series
"Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria"
A Conversation with Dr. Joshua Stacher

Dr. Joshua Stacher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. Prior to joining KSU, Stacher was a post- doctoral fellow at Syracuse University. Stacher's scholarship focuses on authoritarian durability and social movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

He will be discussing his new book, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria.

Tuesday, September 18
5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


POMEPS Event Series
The New Struggle for Syria
A Panel Discussion

Daniel L. Byman, Brookings Institution; Georgetown University
F. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont
Curt Ryan, Appalachian State University

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists will discuss the regional dimensions of the Syrian conflict.

Monday, September 10
12:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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



 


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