December 17, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
Negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group over Iran's nuclear program may resume in the next few weeks; and the Obama administration has reaffirmed its readiness for direct negotiations with Iran over a range of issues. From Tehran, however, the response has been mixed, with senior officials both rejecting and signaling a willingness to engage in direct talks with the United States. Is a nuclear deal with Iran possible, or are the two sides moving toward a confrontation? Three top experts in the field debate the issue.
December 13, 2012 // 9:30am — 10:30am
Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva, former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, will speak on women's leadership in times of political transitions.
November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Arab Spring is shifting the balance of power in the Arab World. Egypt's pre-eminence among Arab states is under challenge from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this period of crisis and change, who will speak for, and lead, the Arab states?
November 20, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
From Iran to Syria, to an unresolved Israeli–Palestinian issue, the Obama administration faces some extraordinary challenges in the Middle East that are likely to make 2013 a critical year. How does the United States prioritize its objectives? Is it realistic to think about solutions to these problems, or are managed outcomes more relevant?
November 19, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Zainah Anwar of Stanford University, introduced by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.
November 15, 2012 // 8:45am — 10:00am
Edward Djerejian, the former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel, discusses recent developments in the Middle East after the Arab Spring.
November 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
November 08, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
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.
October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
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.
October 19, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:00am
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.