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Events Archive – Spring 2008

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May 12, 2008: Panel Discussion
What Have We Learned About Islamist Political Movements?

  • Marc Lynch
    Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Amr Hamzawy
    Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Janine Clark
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • Joshua Stacher
    Middle East Studies Fellow, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Nathan Brown: Moderator
    Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

Monday, May 12, 2008
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Suite 602
1957 E St., NW

This Panel Discussion is presented by the Institute for Middle East Studies.

April 28, 2008: Security Policy Forum

Lessons Learned from the Search for Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • John E. McLaughlin
    Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2000-2004
    Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency, 2004
  • Charles A. Duelfer
    Chief U.S. Weapons Inspector in Iraq, 2004-2005
  • Christopher Kojm: Moderator
    Deputy Executive Director, 9/11 Commission
    Senior Advisor, Iraq Study Group
    Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University

Monday, April 28, 2008
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Suite 602
1957 E St., NW

This Security Policy Forum event is presented in Cooperation With the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the Security Policy Studies Program.

April 21, 2008: IMES Brownbag Lecture

The Absence of Muslim Women from Making Islamic Thoughts: Teaching About Muslim Women and Islam

Guest speaker: Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Cornell University
Recently, American-Muslim female scholars have significantly contributed to the re-interpretation of the Qur'an and particularly to the study of Muslim women. Yet, rarely do the US educational institutions acknowledge and mainstream such contributions for the reconstruction of new knowledge of Islam. Furthermore, the majority of university students in most Muslim countries are females, particularly in the Middle East. However, Muslim women have remained a passive force in changing the prevailing negative practice of Islamic thoughts and the so-called Islamic law concerning women. Dr. Barazangi will discuss why and how to re-think the teaching about Muslim women and Islam.

Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi is a research fellow at Cornell University. Barazangi's scholarly work with Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim organizations and individuals in North America and the Muslim world has been intertwined with her academic research and achievements that resulted in over 45 published research articles and book reviews, edited journal, computerized instructional programs (, and two monographs: Woman's Identity and the Qur'an: A New Reading (The University Press of Florida, 2004), labeled by one reviewer as "the most radical book in the last 14th centuries of Islam." and a co-edited volume: Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice (The University Press of Florida, 1996). Her major Participatory Action Research projects, relating the Islamic world view that is based on faith and reason with research and community service, aim at educating in and about Islam and at integrating Muslims' and Arabs' world views with that of the Western world view of North America.

Monday, April 21, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Suite 501 Conference Room, 1957 E St., NW

IMES Special Event
How the Middle East Sees America – A discussion with Washington Post reporter Amar C. Bakshi

April 17, 2008

Amar C. Bakshi reports for the online editions of The Washington Post and Newsweek, traveling around the world looking at how America impacts ordinary lives in a dozen countries. He posted text and video daily at Before launching How the World Sees America, Amar worked with David Ignatius, Hal Straus, and Fareed Zakaria as the first editor of PostGlobal, an international affairs forum. Amar is also the founder of Aina Arts, a nonprofit organization connecting local artisans with schools in the developing world, and was the associate managing editor of the Oxford International Review. He graduated from Harvard as the first joint concentrator in Social Studies (theory) and Visual & Environmental Studies (documentary video), writing his thesis on media propaganda in Zimbabwe.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), 1957 E St., NW

A short reception will follow the event

April 14, 2008: IRAQ POLICY FORUM

Responding to the Humanitarian Situation Facing Iraqis

Over the past 5 years, millions of Iraqis have been displaced or otherwise affected by violence in Iraq. On MONDAY, APRIL 14th, the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) and a coalition of U.S.-based NGOs, including those operating inside Iraq and in the Middle East region, will convene an important Forum on the humanitarian crisis facing Iraqis.

Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, respected authorities will offer up-to-date reports from the field, analysis of current trends in violence and forced migration, an assessment of the U.S. & international humanitarian response to date, and policy options for improving humanitarian conditions for vulnerable populations affected by the war.

Monday, April 14, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Jack Morton Auditorium
1957 E St., NW

April 11, 2008: IMES Special Event

The Conflict in Iraq — Views from Political Science

IMES invites you to join us as three top political scientists discuss their current research on Iraq's ongoing conflict, addressing aspects such as the dynamics of civil wars, the political economy of insurgency, and U.S. public opinion and the war effort.


  • James Fearon, Stanford University
  • Christopher Gelpi, Duke University
  • Peter Moore, Case Western Reserve University
  • Wayne White, Former Deputy Directory, State Dept. Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Moderator: Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Friday, April 11, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Harry Harding Auditorium
Room 213, 1957 E St., NW

April 9, 2008: US-Egyptian Friendship Society Expert Panel

Business on the Nile

No effort to understand the Middle East is complete without taking a close at Egypt, by far the largest country in the region, nor can the region be understood without addressing the central role of economic growth and opportunity. Over the past five years, Egypt has turned its economic performance around and emerged as one of the most attractive locations for investment, both foreign and domestic.

The panelists, representing leading Egyptian businessmen and experts from the World Bank and US Government, will explore these issues from different perspectives and examine what needs to be done to secure continued growth and tackle pressing issues of equity, youth employment, and education.


  • Anis Aclimandos (invited)
    President, Transcentury Associates
    American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Executive Vice President
  • Stephen Everhart
    Chief Economist and Managing Director, OPIC
  • Farrukh Iqbal
    Sector Manager, Social and Economic Development Department of the Middle East and North Africa Region, the World Bank Group
  • Omar Mohanna
    Chairman, Suez Cement Group of Companies
    American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, President
  • Moderator: Kirk Campbell, GWU

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons (Room 601)
1957 E St., NW

April 4, 2008: Security Policy Forum

Civilian Casualties of War

Guest speakers:

  • Paul Huth, Professor of Government and Politics; Research Director of the Center for International Devlopment and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
  • Colin Kahl, Assistant Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, GWU

Sponsored by The Elliott School of International Affairs, the Security Policy Studies Program, and the Institute of Middle East Studies

April 3, 2008: Future of Democracy Initiative

Kuwait's Government in Crisis: Implications for Democracy

On March 19, the amir of Kuwait responded to the country's internal political deadlock by dissolving the country's parliament. Kuwaitis will go to the polls on May 17 to elect a new body. While the elections will be held in accordance with a new electoral law designed to create a more cohesive parliament, few expect the underlying tensions in the country — between the parliament and the cabinet, liberals and Islamists, Sunnis and Shi'a, and even branches of the ruling family — to be resolved.

Please join us for a lunch on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Edward W. Gnehm, Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs and former US ambassador to Kuwait, will have just returned from Kuwait and will present his assessment of the country's political crisis.

Thursday, April 3, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Room 601, 1957 E St., NW

March 24, 2008: IMES Faculty Brownbag Series

Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad

Guest speaker: Marnia Lazreg, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College-CUNY

Monday, March 24, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Suite 501 Conference Room, 1957 E St., NW

March 5, 2008: Kuwait Chair Lecture

Saudi Arabia: Legacy, Stability, and Destiny

For over sixty years the United States and Saudi Arabia have had a relationship based onmutual interest: oil and security. Today, multiple issues challenge both countries. Ambassador Gnehm will discuss the emergence of the Saudi state and explore the historical ties between our two countries and the new challenges both face.

The Institute for Middle East Studies invites you to join Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm Jr., Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, for his annual Kuwait Chair Lecture.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St., NW
Lecture, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213
Reception, 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
2nd floor atrium

February 29, 2008: IMES Special Event

The Future of Jerusalem: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives

Please join the Institute for Middle East Studies for a special lunchtime discussion with two leading experts on Jerusalem.

Special guests:
Danny Seidemann, Jerusalem expert and legal counsel to Ir Amim, an Israeli organization concerned with the future of that city for Israelis and Palestinians. Mr Seidemann is a leading expert on Jerusalem's municipal operations, planning, and residency rights.

Gregory Khalil, lawyer and former legal advisor to the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) from 2004 through January 2008. The NSU is an international organization based in Ramallah that provides legal, policy and communications advice to the Palestinian leadership on peace negotiations with Israel. Most recently, Mr. Khalil was an official member of the Palestinian delegation to the U.S.-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland in November 2007.

Friday, February 29, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 214, 1957 E St., NW

February 25, 2008: IMES Faculty Brownbag Series

Rethinking the Arab Liberal Age: Constitutional Movements 1875-1920

Guest speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace and Associate Professor of History, UVA

Monday, February 25, 2008
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Suite 501 conference room, 1957 E St., NW

*Open to GW faculty and graduate students

February 26, 2008: Middle East Policy Forum

Israel, Iran and the U.S.: Is Conflict Inevitable?

Guest speaker: Trita Parsi, Co-Founder and President of the National Iranian American Council

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St. NW

February 14, 2008: IMES-IERES Conference

The Challenges of Integrating Islam: Comparative Experiences of Europe and the Middle East

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies, the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and the Future of Democracy Initiative

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Thursday, February 14 , 2008
10:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St., NW

January 28, 2008: IMES Faculty Brownbag Series

Oil and Corruption: Who Helped Iraq Evade UN Economic Sanctions?

Guest speaker: Robert Weiner, Professor of International Business and International Affairs, GWU, discussed his current research on oil and corruption in Iraq, co-authored with Yujin Jeong, GWU.

Monday, January 28, 2008
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Suite 501 conference room, 1957 E St., NW

January 15, 2008: Middle East Policy Forum

Partition Iraq? Imperial Iraq Strategies from Suleiman the Magnificent to Joseph Biden

Guest speaker: Reidar Visser, Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

The lands of Iraq have been ruled by foreigners for most of their history. Apart from an interlude of real independence between 1958 and 2003, outside forces have always been involved in Iraqi politics as power brokers, constantly concocting new strategies for how to best handle this complex country.

This lecture looks at the imperial strategies pursued by these outsiders, starting with the Ottomans in the 1500s and ending with the Americans after 2003. The main argument is that the partitionist policies currently being propagated by US Democrats (and implemented — albeit unintentionally — by the Bush administration) represent a dramatic break with the policies of America's imperial predecessors in Iraq.

The lecture demonstrates that at no point between 1534 and 1958 did the Ottomans or the British contemplate a sectarian division of Iraq. This lack of historical precedent raises serious questions about the likely durability of the partition models currently under consideration in the US.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons, Suite 602, 1957 E St., NW

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