Institute for Middle East Studies

Middle East Policy Forum

The Middle East Policy Forum is an event series which brings leading scholars, analysts, journalists, diplomats, and policy makers to campus to discuss current and emerging issues in the region. The forum is presented with the generous support of Exxon Mobil.

Events – Spring 2014

MEPF Lecture
The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism
With Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher will discuss his new book, The Second Arab Awakening & the Battle for Pluralism, which focuses on political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first “Awakening” in the nineteenth century and extending into future decades when—if the dream is realized—a new Arab world defined by pluralism and tolerance will emerge. Muasher places the Arab Spring in a historical context, arguing that the US, Europe, Israel, and Arab governments alike were all deeply misguided in their thinking about Arab politics and society when the turmoil of the Arab Spring first erupted.

Mr. Muasher is the former Foreign Minister of Jordan, and is currently vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Beginning as a journalist for the Jordan Times and later serving as the first Jordanian ambassador to the state of Israel, Mr. Muasher’s career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:00 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

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MEPF Lecture
Palestine: Childhood Denied
With Suleiman Mleahat

ANERA Education Program Manager Sulieman Mleahat talks about the challenges to early childhood development for Palestinian children and strategies for improvement in the areas of teacher training, curriculum development, school infrastructure, literacy, parenting, and health & nutrition.

Mr. Mleahat has been ANERA’s education program manager since 2010. He has worked 20 years in the international development sector, 15 of which have been spent in the international education field. Mr. Mleahat has a master’s degree from the University of Bristol in international development, with a focus on in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Quality Basic Education. He has a highly successful track record in planning, funding, managing and reviewing a multitude of basic education, ECD and humanitarian development projects in the Middle East and East Africa.

March 25, 2014
12:30 PM
Room 505, 1957 E Street, NW

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MEPF Cosponsored Event
JERUSALEM
With Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros, Revital Zacharie, and Lisa Truitt

Using the world’s most advanced 3D and IMAX film technology, JERUSALEM brings to audiences spectacular, never-before-seen footage of this much-loved 5,000-year-old city. The film tells the complicated and fascinating story of Jerusalem through the viewpoints of the city's three main religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Each is represented by a young woman who shows us “her” Jerusalem. The archaeology of Jerusalem is also explored in the film to understand its importance in world history.

In this program, join the young women from the film—Farah Ammouri, Nadia Tadros and Revital Zacharie—for a discussion about the making of the film and its themes. Introduction by Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

Tuesday March 4th, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium Room 213
1957 E St, NW, 2nd Floor

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MEPF Kuwait Chair Lecture
The Middle East: Finding a Way Forward
With Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm

2014 seems a long way from 2011 and the popular uprisings that toppled governments. What happened to the aspirations and expectations of those heady days? Amb. Gnehm will look at three countries – Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq – the factors behind the course of events, and their ongoing efforts to find a way forward.

Thursday February 27th, 2014
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Harry Harding Auditorium Room 213
1957 E St, NW, 2nd Floor

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Past Events – Fall 2013


MEPF Event Series
1973: The Road to War
A Panel Discussion

  • Yigal Kipnis, Historian, University of Haifa
  • William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
  • Harold Saunders, Director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm,
    Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

Yigal Kipnis in his new pathbreaking book: 1973: The Road to War draws on recently declassified information revealing diplomatic overtures involving Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Golda Meir and Anwar Sadat in the months preceding the October 1973 Yom Kippur War. William Quandt and Harold Saunders, both in senior positions in the U.S. Government at the time, will add their recollections of the events leading up to the October 6, 1973. Could the war have been avoided? What would the region have looked like? Come and hear their views on these and other fascinating aspects of this important moment in the Middle East.



Thursday, October 17

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


MEPF Event Series
Syria: Problems and Prospects
A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Steven Heydemann, Senior Advisor, Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace
  • Frederic Hof, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center, Atlantic Council
  • Dr. Amr Al-Azm, Associate Professor, History Department, Shawnee State University
  • Dr. Murhaf Jouejati, Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm,
    Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

The UN estimates that over 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis in the past two and a half years. Now, with evidence of chemical weapon use, the crisis is more perilous than ever. This panel discussion brings together experts on Syria to discuss regime capabilities, disaggregated resistance movements, regional implications, U.S. involvement, and the uncertain future of the crisis.

Thursday, September 26
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil. This event is co-sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity.


MEPF Event Series
The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011
A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies, Princeton University
  • Dr. William Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

A great opportunity for analysis and critique has arisen from decades of attempts and setbacks in the Middle East Peace Process. The Peace Puzzle stemmed from a USIP study of past Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and efforts. The five authors of this work are veteran observers and premier scholars on the Middle East Peace Process. Three of the five authors of the book will give a panel discussion on critiques and suggestions for U.S. diplomatic activism in the region as expressed in the book.

Wednesday, September 11
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


Past Events – Spring 2013


MEPF Event Series
Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law— A Book Discussion featuring Sadakat Kadri

Some fourteen hundred years after the Prophet Muhammad first articulated God's law--the shari'a--its earthly interpreters are still arguing about what it means. In Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law, legal historian and human rights attorney Sadakat Kadri argues that many people in the West harbor hazy or wrong ideas about Islamic law. Searching for the facts behind the myths, he traces the turbulent journey of Islam's foundation and expansion and shows how the Prophet's teachings evolved gradually into concepts of justice.

Sadakat Kadri is a legal historian and English barrister at the Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to his latest book, he regularly contributes to various publications including The Guardian and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson (2005).

Wednesday, April 17
3:00 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
Energy Developments in the Persian Gulf— A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner, Atieh International
  • Siamak Namazi, General Manager, Access Consulting Group

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

As Iraq reemerges as a major oil producer after years of domestic turmoil, Iran continues to develop its petroleum sector despite economic sanctions. Focusing on energy sectors in Iran and Iraq, the panelists will discuss the influence of energy developments on regional relations. They will also highlight important trends in regional oil production and consumption.

Dr. Bijan Khajehpour is a managing and founding partner of Atieh International, a Vienna-based management consulting firm, and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the International School of Management in Paris. Siamak Namazi is the general manager of Access Consulting Group, a Dubai-based private regional consultancy, and holds an MBA from the London Business School and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.

Wednesday, April 10
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 and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies present
"The Kurdish Perspective: Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Beyond"— A panel discussion with a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq

  • H.E. Dr. Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to President Barzani
  • H.E. Falah Bakir, Minister, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations
  • H.E. Qubad Talabani, Minister, Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-up

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University
    and
    Pal Arne Davidsen, Ambassador Stuart Fellow at IERES

On April 9, 2003, the statue of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square was toppled. Ten years after Iraq's liberation not all is well in the country, although the Kurdistan Region has indeed been liberated from Saddam's rule and it is thriving more than ever. Senior members of the Kurdistan Regional Government will discuss the current political stalemate in Iraq, including natural resources disputes and security confrontations in the Disputed Internal Boundaries. They will also provide their perspective on other regional developments, not least the situation in Syria, as well as prospects for conflict resolution in Turkey.

Monday, April 8
11:00 AM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


MEPF Event Series
Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance — A Book Launch featuring Dr. Dina Khoury

Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom, and Remembrance traces the political, social, and cultural processes of the normalization of war during the last two decades of Ba'thist rule. Beginning with the Iran-Iraq War and continuing through the First Gulf War and sanctions, Dr. Dina Khoury probes the far-reaching ramifications of constant war on the Iraqi people's politics, cultural imagination, and daily lives. She argues that war was a form of everyday bureaucratic governance, and examines the Iraqi government's policies of creating consent, managing resistance and religious diversity, and shaping public culture.

Dr. Dina Khoury is associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University. Since 2005, she has been writing on the contemporary history of Iraq, particularly violence, sectarian politics, and war and memory. She is author of State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge, 1997).

Click HERE for an interview with the author and book excerpts.

Monday, April 1
6:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

*A limited number of books will be available for GW students*

 

 

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


MEPF Event Series
Maliki's Next Moves — A Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Adeed Dawisha, Professor of Political Science, Miami University of Ohio
  • Dr. Harith al-Qarawee, Former Political Advisor, Embassy of Iraq

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

Iraq is scheduled to hold provincial assembly elections in April 2013 and national parliamentary elections one year later. In late December, following arrests of his major Sunni Arab rival's bodyguards, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the possibility of advancing the 2014 parliamentary election to April 2013 and running for a third term. The parliament then passed a two-term limitation on the prime minister and other senior positions.

Dr. Adeed Dawisha, an Iraqi scholar and professor of political science at Miami University of Ohio, and Dr. Harith al-Qarawee, author of Imagining the Nation: Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Socio-Political Conflict in Iraq and former political adviser on political and media affairs to the Iraqi Ambassador in Washington, will assess the current political environment in Baghdad and Maliki's strategic vision — or lack of one — for Iraq.

Thursday, March 28
6:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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


IMES Lecture Series and the Middle East Policy Forum
Piety and Pleasure: Youth Negotiations of Moral Authority in South Beirut
Featuring Dr. Lara Deeb

In this lecture, Dr. Deeb will discuss the ways in which young Shi'i Muslims who take their faith seriously negotiate ideas and practices related to leisure in South Beirut — specifically activities related to cafe-going and to dating. These negotiations take place in a context where there are multiple moral authorities and where particular forms of piety have come to be taken for granted.

Lara Deeb is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon (2006) and co-author with Mona Harb of Leisure Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'i South Beirut (forthcoming 2013), as well as articles on Muslim women's participation in the public sphere, morality and leisure, transnational feminism, and Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Tuesday, March 19
5:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.
This event is sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center Grant for the Middle East.


The Middle East Policy Forum presents:
The 2013 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture - "U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq: Cost and Consequences"
Featuring Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, Jr. - Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, GWU s

The final convoy of U.S. combat forces withdrew from Iraq in December 2011, but the U.S. military intervention produced transformational effects that continue to reverberate in Iraq and throughout the region. On the 10 year anniversary of the U.S. intervention, Ambassador Gnehm will reflect on the costs and consequences of that action on the U.S., Iraq, specifically, and the Middle East, more broadly

Thursday, February 28
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.


MEPF Event Series
Libya: A State in Search of Itself

A Panel Discussion featuring

  • Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb, Chief of African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress
  • Dr. Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow, Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

    Moderated by
    Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Director, Middle East Policy Forum, George Washington University

Despite successful parliamentary elections in July 2012, Libya faces numerous obstacles to state development. Rife with internal divisions and regional tensions, Libya struggles to achieve national cohesion and advance the political process. Moreover, the country's fractious and divisive political environment inhibits institution building and complicates efforts to restore internal security. In light of Libya's institutional and security challenges, the panelists will discuss current developments and prospects for Libya's political future.

Thursday, January 24
6:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th floor

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

Past Events – Fall 2012

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.

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.

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.

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.

Past Events – Spring 2012

MEPF Presents
Ultimate Allies: Israel and the United States

Featuring Dr. Michael B. Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States

From the high-tech and bio-medical sectors to military cooperation, bilateral relations between Israel and the United States continue to deepen. Ambassador Oren will discuss the unique relationship held between the two nations, their shared history and future growth together.

A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Michael B. Oren has served in faculty positions at Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. He has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. He is also the author of two books on Middle Eastern History. Dr. Oren was appointed Ambassador of Israel to the United States in May 2009.

April 30

7:00 PM
Room 113, The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW

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

MEPF Event Series
"Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions"

A Book Discussion with Dr. Joy Gordon

Dr. Gordon will comment on her groundbreaking book, Invisible War, which examines the United States' role in shaping economic sanctions on Iraq from 1990 to 2003. Delivering a sharp indictment of US policy, she details how the deliberate policies of the US ensured the continuation of Iraq's catastrophic condition. In addition, she will relate the content of her book to the current situation in Iran, where tightening sanctions raise similar humanitarian concerns.

Dr. Joy Gordon is Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University, where she teaches courses in political philosophy, human rights, philosophy of law, international law, and ethics of war and peace. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Global Justice Program, in the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

April 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.

MEPF Event Series
The Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

A Discussion with Ms. Rania Elhilou

A first-hand report from a visiting development professional.

Ms. Rania Elhilou is a Gaza-based Communications Officer with the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) organization. She is a native of Gaza and will share her personal insights into the humanitarian crisis that began well before the bombardment of Gaza in 2008-2009. Rania will introduce you to individuals who live with daily electricity cuts, crumbling infrastructure, and medicine shortages. She will share stories of families and how they are helped by American relief efforts.

April 19

12:30 PM
Room 505
1957 E St., NW, 5th Floor


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

MEPF Event Series
The Arab Spring: A Regional Perspective

A Conversation with Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait (2003-2011). Previously, he served as the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States (1993-2001) and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (2001-2003). He holds a PhD in Economics and Middle East Studies from Harvard University and served as Assistant Professor of Economics at Kuwait University from 1985-1993. Sheikh Dr. Salim al-Sabah will present his perspective on the Arab uprisings, focusing on the political, economic, and social impact of the Arab Spring on the region.

March 28
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 Middle East Policy Forum presents:
The 2012 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture — Gulf Monarchies: Facing Change

Featuring Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, Jr. - Kuwait professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, GWU

Popular protests toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya and launched persistent challenges to established regimes elsewhere in 2011. In contrast, the Gulf monarchies--excepting Bahrain--maintained relative stability and control. Although the Gulf monarchies appear immune to political upheaval, changing domestic conditions and growing political dissent present real challenges to ruling monarchs. This lecture will focus on the changing political environments in the Gulf monarchies, examining domestic issues as well as regional challenges confronting these regimes in light of the transformational Arab protests of 2011.

March 22
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.

MEPF Event Series
"King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East"

A Book Discussion featuring Mr. Vernon Loeb and Mr. Sean O'Connell

Mr. Vernon Loeb, the book's co-author and editor at the Washington Post, and Mr. Sean O'Connell, son of the book's author, will comment on the intriguing memoirs of Jack O'Connell (1921-2010), who served as CIA station chief in Amman, Jordan from 1963 to 1971 and was King Hussein's most trusted American adviser. He then became the king's attorney and diplomatic counselor in Washington for three decades.

In his new book, Mr. Jack O'Connell tells the unknown story of his close interactions with Jordan's King Hussein. Unraveling a coup aimed at the young King Hussein in 1958 and, later in 1967, alerting Hussein of Israel's imminent invasion of Egypt, O'Connell forged a deep and enduring friendship with the Jordanian King. His narrative contains surprising secrets that will revise our understanding of the Middle East.

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

*Free book copies are available for the first 50 guests.*

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

MEPF Event Series
Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible?

A Discussion with Dr. Gershon Baskin

Dr. Gershon Baskin is the founder and chairman of the joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank, IPCRI - Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. Dr. Baskin will discuss the secret direct back channel of negotiations that he initiated and conducted between the Government of Israel and Hamas for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit who was held in captivity in the Gaza strip for over five years.

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

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

Past Events – Fall 2011

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.


Past Events – Spring 2011

The Middle East Policy Forum Book Launch
The Edge of War: Kuwait's Underground Resistance
Khafji 1990 - 1991

This book recounts the dramatic story of the Kuwaiti Resistance movement in Khafji, Saudi Arabia during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. A special panel featuring Ambassador Salem al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States, and Dr. Farida al-Habib, a Kuwaiti doctor and resistance figure, will discuss the book and its history.

The Elliott School's Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm will moderate the event.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library
Second Floor, 2130 H St NW

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

The Middle East Policy Forum and the Program in Judaic Studies
The Joseph Cedar Film Retrospective Film Screening and Discussion
"Time of Favor"

Winner of six Israeli Oscars, including Best Picture, Time of Favor is a taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists... Winner of six Israeli Oscars, including Best Picture, Time of Favor is a taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the military. Both a political-psychological drama and a love story between a passionate woman and two best friends, this profound film raises important questions about faith, duty and love for oneself.

Featuring

Yaron Peleg
Associate Professor of Hebrew, GWU

 Dan Schwartz
Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History, GWU

Monday, March 7, 2011
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Suite 112, 1957 E Street, NW

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

The Middle East Policy Forum and the Elliott School of International Affairs
The 2011 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture
The Liberation of Kuwait: Reflections

featuring

Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, Jr.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Harry Harding Auditorium
Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW

The Middle East Policy Forum and the GW Libraries
A reception and viewing of an exhibit on the Liberation of Kuwait

Thursday, February 17, 2011
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library
Second Floor, 2140 H Street, NW

Transportation between the Elliott School and the Gelman Library will be provided from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

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

 

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