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Events Archive – Spring 2012


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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.

 



POMEPS Event Series
"Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience"

A Conversation with Dr. Bassam Haddad

Dr. Bassam Haddad, is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.

He will be discussing his new book, Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience.



April 24

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

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

 



The Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies present:
Redrawing the Boundaries of War Journalism: Covering Complex Conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia Today

A Conversation with Mr. Shahan Mufti

Journalists are covering complex conflicts in the Middle East and Southwest Asia today. Faced with mounting challenges to personal safety and of poor access to conflict zones, journalists and news organizations are increasingly innovative with technologies and practices in reporting these conflicts, some of which are redrawing the traditional boundaries of the profession. In my presentation I will discuss some of the methods news media are employing to cover events inside challenging conflict zones and how they might impact the nature and quality of journalism from that region.

Mr. Shahan Mufti is a freelance journalist and adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Richmond. His work has been published by Harper's Magazine, WIRED, The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and many others. Between 2007 and 2009 Shahan reported from Pakistan as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. He later joined the team of journalists that launched GlobalPost, an online portal for international news, for which he reported from South Asia and the United States. Mr. Mufti is a graduate of New York University, Middlebury College, and the United World College of the American West. In 2004 and 2005 he served as a Fulbright scholar in India. Mr. Mufti regularly teaches writing and reporting courses at colleges and universities. He is currently writing a book about the cultural and religious roots of modern Pakistan, to be published by Other Press.

April 23

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


This event is supported by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers, as part of the IMES Journalists and the Middle East Initiative.



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.



IMES 5th Annual Conference: April 17, 2012

Presented by The Institute for Middle East Studies with The Project on Middle East Political Science & The Middle East Policy Forum

The Legal Dimensions of the Arab Spring
This interdisciplinary conference examined the importance of several key legal and constitutional issues in the dramatic events in the region over the last year.

Keynote Speaker
M. Cherif Bassiouni
, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Law and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University

Conference Panelists
Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Ellis Goldberg, Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
Catherine Warrick, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University
Michael Wahid Hanna, Fellow, The Century Foundation
Shadi Mokhtari, Assistant Professor at the School of International Service, American University
Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School
Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
Mohammad Aburumman, Visiting Scholar, George Washington University
Clark Lombardi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington
David Mendicoff, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Bruce Rutherford, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Colgate University

Moderators
Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
Nathan Brown, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

This event is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for National Resource Centers. The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil. This event is also supported by the Project on Middle East Political Science.

 



POMEPS Event Series
"The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East
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A Conversation with Dr. Marc Lynch

Dr. Marc Lynch, is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is also the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS).

He will be discussing his new book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.



April 12

5:30 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 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.

 



POMEPS Event Series
Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement

A Conversation with Dr. Wendy Pearlman

Dr. Wendy Pearlman, is the Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

She will be discussing her new book, Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement.



March 20

5:30 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).



POMEPS Event Series
When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics

A Conversation with Dr. Nathan J. Brown

Dr. Nathan J. Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author who specializes in Islamist movements, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism.

He will be talking about his new book, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics.



March 7

5:30 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
"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.



IMES Special Event: Co-presented with the Ana Masry Foundation
The role of Egyptians in the US in building a stronger community and a stronger Egypt

A Panel Discussion and Brainstorming Session

Mr. Khaled Elgindy, Co-Founder, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association (EARLA)
Ms. Randa Hudome, Co-Founder, General Counsel for the American-Egyptian Strategic Alliance
Ms. Sahar Taman, Co-Founder, Journeys to Understanding
Mr. Sherif Fahmy, Co-Founder, Alliance for a Democratic Egypt, AllForEgypt

Moderated by Ms. Nihal Elwan, Ana Masry Foundation

A panel discussion with active Egyptian-American organizations on effective and practical ways to contribute to the Egyptian-American community's wellbeing and to Egypt's transition and sustainable development

The Panelists will provide some initial remarks about their efforts followed by a moderated and open brainstorming session among participants on practical ways Egyptian-Americans and Egyptians living in the US can engage in:
-Strengthening the Egyptian-American Community
-Contributing to Egypt's Social, Economic and Political Development

February 27
7:00 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

The Ana Masry Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit association registered in the state of Maryland that aims, through Egyptian-American and Egyptian financial and technical support, to produce cultural and artistic materials and activities that promote a better understanding of our common heritage and the multi-layered, multi-faceted Egyptian identity among us as Egyptians in Egypt and abroad. For more information on how you can get involved, please write to: anamasryfoundation@gmail.com



POMEPS Event Series
Syria's Uprising

A Panel Discussion

Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
Salwa Ismail, Univeristy of London
Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss the uprisings and prospects for Syria.

February 21

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).



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.



POMEPS Event Series
Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

A Conversation with Ashraf Khalil

Mr. Ashraf Khalil is a Cairo-based independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicagoo Tribune, and The Economist. He will be presenting remarks on his latest book, Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.



February 10

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).



IMES Special Event
Findings from the GW Coptic Diaspora Survey: Implications for Egypt and its Development

A Launch Event

Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff and Dr. Liesl Riddle, IMES faculty associates, will present the findings of the GW Coptic Diaspora Survey. In collaboration with Coptic Orphans, GW has conducted the first ever survey of the Coptic Diaspora in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Three discussants will consider the implications from very different perspectives:
Pradeep Ramamurthy, USAID's Deputy Counselor for Innovation, will consider the implications of diasporas for development and contextualize the survey findings in terms of the US Government's efforts to engage diasporas for development.
Dilip Ratha, Lead Economist and Manager, Migration and Remittances Team, Development Prospects group, the World Bank, will consider investment and philanthropy implications in the global context.
Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop (Coptic Church) of the United Kingdom, will consider the implications for Copts both living in diaspora and in Egypt.

February 10

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

*A light lunch will be served.*

This event is supported by Coptic Orphans.



POMEPS Event Series
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

A Conversation with Dr. Timothy Mitchell

Dr. Timothy Mitchell is a political theorist and historian at Columbia University. His areas of research include the place of colonialism in the making of modernity, the material and technical politics of the Middle East, and the role of economics and other forms of expert knowledge in the government of collective life. Much of his current work is concerned with ways of thinking about politics that allow material and technical things more weight than they are given in conventional political theory. Dr. Mitchell brings together the fields of science and technology studies and postcolonial theory in his new book Carbon Democracy.



February 8

5:30 PM
Lindner Commons
1957 E St., NW, 6th Floor

*A wine reception and book signing will follow.*

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



POMEPS Event Series
Yemen's Stalemate

A Panel Discussion

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sheila Carapico, Univeristy of Richmond
Laurent Bonnefy, Institut de Recherches et d'Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman, France centre francais d'archeologie et de sciences sociales de Sanaa, Yemen

Moderated by Dr. Marc Lynch, Geogre Washington University

Three leading political scientists discuss political dynamics and prospects for Yemen.

January 25

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).


 

 

 


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