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A Retrospective: Gender and Politics in the Work of Shirin Neshat

May 18, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Three distinguished authors and specialists on Iran will discuss the achievements of the renowned artist, Shirin Neshat, whose work articulates, in original, imaginative art, the cultural and political dilemmas facing women in a society seeking to navigate the crossroads of Islam and the West. This meeting will be the first of two meetings on Shirin Neshat’s artwork.
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Michael Van Dusen Lecture on the Middle East: ISIS is About the Arab Past, Not the Future

May 11, 2015 // 10:00am11:00am
Rami Khouri will analyze the many causes in the past two generations that converged to give birth to ISIS, noting that it reflects more the poor and often brutal quality of modern Arab statehood than any mass religious movement. ISIS also was not a surprise, in view of the fact that all serious mass movements in the Arab world since the 1970s have revolved around Islamist politics in one form or another. ISIS can be easily defeated militarily, but unless the underlying weaknesses and the poor quality of Arab statehood are resolved we will probably see even more brutal movements emerge in the future.

Israel’s New Government: Policies and Prospects

May 08, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
The formation of the new Netanyahu Government raises a great many questions about its policies and prospects. How will a government considerably narrower than its predecessor deal with any number of foreign policy and domestic challenges facing the State of Israel, including a possible nuclear agreement between the US and Iran, the Palestinian issue, and relations with Washington? Join us BY PHONE as two veteran analysts and scholars of Israeli politics and diplomacy assess and discuss these matters and answer your questions.

A Conversation with Ephraim Sneh

April 28, 2015 // 1:00pm2:00pm
How does Israel look at the emerging U.S.-Iranian nuclear agreement? What are the prospects of negotiations with the Palestinians? And what are the implications of recent Israeli elections for Israel’s national security policies? Please join us for the second in a series of conversations with prominent Israeli politicians and experts about the future of Israel in the region and the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

April 27, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa leaving the People’s Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. Drawing upon never before seen Chinese sources, Sulmaan Khan tells, for the first time, the story of how non-state actors moving across the Tibetan borderlands exposed state weakness and caused the PRC to move from empire-lite to a harder, heavier imperial formation. That change transformed Chinese policy towards the third world and the Cold War.
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Meeting with Saad Hariri

April 27, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
Saad Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon and the leader of the Movement of the Future, discussed the Syrian conflict and its implications on security in Lebanon and the MENA region.

Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate (Held at U.S. Institute of Peace)

April 20, 2015 // 9:30am11:00am
Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran.

Security Policy in Sinai: Common Interests or a Collective Failure?

April 08, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Ismail Alexandrani discussed the Egyptian army’s security policy in the Sinai Peninsula. He presented the view from the ground based on field investigations and sociological research.

Yemen Melts Down: Is There a Solution?

April 03, 2015 // 9:00am10:00am
Ambassador Stephen Seche, Attorney Haykal Bafana, and Journalist Peter Salisbury discuss whether Yemen is becoming a proxy battleground in the Sunni-Shiite conflict now raging across the Middle East.

Iraq: Now and After ISIS

April 02, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Ambassador Sumaida’ie, who recently returned from Iraq, will discuss the evolution of the struggle in Iraq is both complex and consequential. The outcome is going to be a major factor in determining the future shape of the region, and will have a significant impact on global geopolitics. The United States as well as other players should have a clear eyed assessment of where things are heading, and what needs to be done if the direction of events is not palatable.

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