Middle East and North Africa Events

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Iranian Policy toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises

October 21, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Tehran has had a longstanding alliance with Damascus over the past 35 years, and its relations with Baghdad have steadily improved since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. This has resulted in close ties between Iran and these two key Arab states. However, this has all been called into question since the eruption of the Syrian revolt in 2011, and moreover, the recent rise of ISIS and its challenge to the Iraqi state. Iran has become heavily involved in both conflicts since it has much at stake. Jubin Goodarzi provides an overview of the evolving situation and focus on Iran’s policies, perspectives, interests, and options in the ongoing Syrian and Iraqi crises.
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Building Peace Over Water in the Lower Jordan Valley: A Sister Cities Coalition

October 17, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Since its launch in 2001, EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East's Good Water Neighbors project (GWN) has brought together Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian youth, adults, and municipal representatives to cooperate over transboundary water resources and jointly advance sustainable development in the region - most notably in the Lower Jordan Valley. EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East has recently partnered with Sister Cities International (SCI) and Citizen Diplomacy Initiatives (CDI) to create sister city partnerships between American cities and the partnering communities of the GWN project. These new partnerships will build on the previous successes of GWN to create and empower a broad, international citizen coalition for peace in the region.
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ISIS and the End of the Middle East as We Know It

October 09, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
While Western attention is caught by the rise of the so-called "Islamic State", the real story may be the dissolution of order in the Middle East. How do we understand ongoing political and geopolitical shifts in the region and the rise of new types of actors such as the "Islamic State"? And what, if anything, can and should Western powers do?
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The History of the Future of Syria

October 06, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Over the past four years, Syria and the entire Middle East have witnessed unprecedented changes. This lecture will look back on these events in the expectation of determining what may come next. Special attention will be paid to U.S. foreign policy, the growth and proliferation of terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the fate of minorities in the region, and the state of cultural patrimony.
Podcast

Teleconference: ISIS, Assad, and the Syrian Opposition: Challenges Confronting US Policy in Syria

September 22, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
As the Obama Administration seeks to fashion a policy to counter ISIS, it confronts a complex situation on the ground, particularly in Syria. Three analysts and experts discuss the military/political landscape in Syria and the challenges it poses.
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Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement

September 17, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Middle East Program
The Iran Project's new report, Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement, examines the potential shift in Iran’s relations with other countries in the Middle East after a comprehensive nuclear agreement is reached, and the implications of these changes for US foreign policy.

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014

September 17, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978–2014 is an insider account of a crucial set of negotiations aimed at settling a seemingly endless conflict. It brings out new details of negotiating sessions and internal policy and strategy debates.

Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government

August 25, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Global Europe Program
The advances of ISIS have reheated the debate on the future of Iraq. The country is threatened by a new wave of violence and destruction, as a large swath of territory has turned into a conflict zone and an uprising has shaken the political order. Turkey has both opportunities and challenges in Iraq, and keeps a close eye on the situation there. In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.
Podcast

Teleconference: Can Iraq Be Saved? The US, ISIS and Iraqi Political Reconciliation

August 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
The situation in Iraq is as complicated as it is grim. ISIS continues to surge as the US tries to contain its gains through military strikes and direct military assistance to the Kurds. Meanwhile Baghdad boils as a new Prime Minister-designate faces off against an old one who refuses to give way. What are the prospects for checking ISIS and for political reconciliation in Iraq?
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Teleconference: Gaza Conflict Resumes After Ceasefire Ends

August 11, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
The breakdown in the 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and the resumption of the conflict between Israel and Hamas threatens to take the Gaza crisis to a new level. What are the prospects for escalation and/or for negotiations to de-escalate the situation? Can the requirements of the parties somehow be reconciled? What is the role of the Palestinian Authority and Egypt going forward? And what is the American role?

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