Middle East and North Africa Events

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

November 19, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Zainah Anwar of Stanford University, introduced by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.
Podcast

A Conversation with Ambassador Edward Djerejian

November 15, 2012 // 8:45am10:00am
Middle East Program
Edward Djerejian, the former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel, discusses recent developments in the Middle East after the Arab Spring.
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Lebanon and the Arab World in Transition

November 14, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Fuad Siniora, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, discussed the dynamism of the Arab Spring and expressed optimism that current trends can lead to greater dialogue and democracy in the Middle East.

The Limits of Detente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973

November 08, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
In "The Limits of Detente," Craig Daigle draws on newly released documents to shed new light on how the 1973 Arab-Israeli War was the result of not only tension and competing interest between Arabs and Israelis, but also policies adopted in both Washington and Moscow. Between 1969 and 1973, the Middle East in general and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular emerged as a crucial Cold War battleground where the limits of detente appeared in sharp relief.

Democracy Promotion in Times of Austerity: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

November 08, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Can the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe in the past twenty years be instructive? How has the current economic crisis in Europe impacted democratization on the Western Balkans? By comparing various successful approaches towards promoting democracy in the CEE region, Pavol Demes, transatlantic academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, derives conclusions about the challenges that new democracies in the Middle East, as well as the former Soviet space may face.

Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Why did the uprisings in Egypt and Syria turn out so differently? In his recent book, Adaptable Autocrats, Joshua Stacher argues the different outcomes are a product of how executive power flowed before the protests began.
photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

When America Leaves: Protecting Women and Girls in Afghanistan through Education

October 19, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Sherjan talks about her decades of work ensuring the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, including under the Taliban regime when she ran underground schools. She also discusses the serious challenges that remain in educating women and girls and explains how Americans can protect their investment in the country by continuing to advance educational opportunities for all Afghans.
photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Iran, Palestine, and the Arab Spring: The View from Israel

October 18, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
The Middle East is churning – Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Rarely had there been a period this complex with so many moving parts. Join us as Efraim Halevy, former Director of Mossad and one of Israel’s most preeminent strategic thinkers, talks about developments in the region and their implications for Israel and the United States.
Webcast

Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988

October 15, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Cold War International History Project
With its remarkable declassified documentation and oral testimony that bear directly on questions of U.S. policymaking with regard to the Iran-Iraq War, "Becoming Enemies" reveals much that was previously unknown about U.S. policy before, during, and after the war. The authors go beyond mere reportage to offer lessons regarding fundamental foreign policy challenges to the U.S. that transcend time and place.

The Ayatollah's Nuclear Gamble: the Human Cost of Military Strikes against Iran's Nuclear Facilities

October 12, 2012 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Middle East Program
Khosrow Semnani will present the findings of his new report, “The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble,” which offers a detailed, scientific discussion of the human and environmental consequences of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. The report and the discussion will highlight a largely overlooked issue in the intensifying public debate in the United States over the wisdom of using military force to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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