May 15, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
Twenty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, Secretary of State John Kerry—the latest in a series of U.S. envoys—is embarked on a serious effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. How will recent elections in Israel and the resignation of Prime Minister Fayyad influence his prospects? What about the impact of the Iranian nuclear issue and the civil war in Syria? Join us for a discussion with four regional experts with long experience in government, diplomacy, and national security affairs.
May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Drawing on her experience and observations in Egypt over the past two and a half years since the outbreak of the revolution, Badran will look at changes in the everyday lives of Egyptians. She will focus on gender ideas and practices as part of the process of cultural and religious transformation underway and place this in the shifting political contexts.
April 30, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
During the 2011 uprisings, Arab protestors channeled decades of discontent with failed economic policy. However, the demise of leaders will not be enough to answer this discontent nor ensure productive development. Scholarship on the political determinates of economic development finds that the common recipe of expanding the private sector and increasing trade openness may be valuable, but alone are not sufficient for successful development. The Arab World’s economic path to 2011 included implementation in these areas, yet reform in underlying socio-economic structures and interests lagged. Addressing these conditions constitutes one of the most serious challenges facing Arab economies and politics.
April 29, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
How does news coverage of Iran’s nuclear program affect public understanding and policy outcomes? News media traditionally play an important role in communicating about foreign policy—is this the case with coverage of Iran’s nuclear program? How specifically are news media framing the relevant issues? To answer these questions, researchers from the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) undertook a topical analysis of English-language newspaper coverage from 2009 through 2012, a period in which there was considerable public discussion about how the United States and others could and should resolve the dispute.
April 26, 2013 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Amr Hamzawy discusses opposition strategies in Egypt and how they can contribute to the democratization process.
April 23, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
After the 1979 revolution, Iran’s Islamist regime emerged as the clear anti-thesis of a secular Turkey and two countries’ relationship was only sustained by political Islamists on both sides. According to Akin Unver, this 1979-2010 Islamist connection is also being reversed by the sectarian faultlines unearthed by the Arab Spring. Iran’s rapid fall from grace with Turkish Islamists is one of the most important recent structural shifts in the Middle East, Unver suggests. Such a break is far from marginal and yields several important points for consideration.
April 23, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 were often portrayed in the media as a dawn of democracy in the region. But the revolutionaries were—and saw themselves as—heirs to a centuries-long struggle for just government and the rule of law, a struggle obstructed by local elites as well as the interventions of foreign powers. Thompson uncovers the deep roots of liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East through the remarkable stories of those who fought against poverty, tyranny, and foreign rule.
April 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a spouse or partner is a major factor in maternal and reproductive health, says Jay Silverman.
April 17, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
When, in early 2011, people poured onto the streets of Arab cities to demand freedom, it was not for the first time. An earlier spate of revolutions swept the Arab world in the 1950s and 1960s. Those revolutions that had promised so much bequeathed the recent crop of Arab despots. Dawisha puts the recent Arab awakening into historical context, then traces the progress and fates so far of revolutions from Tunis to Damascus, examining the overthrow of tyrants in some cases and the more brutal repression in others.
April 15, 2013 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The crisis in Syria drags on with consequences that are already reshaping the neighborhood. What is the future of the Assads and of Syria itself? And what are the implications of the Syrian crisis for Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Iran? Join us for a conversation with Naoum, one of the Middle East’s and Lebanon’s preeminent journalists and analysts for a regional tour d’horizon.