Middle East and North Africa Events

Webcast

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

May 18, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Three distinguished authors and specialists on Iran 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 is the first of two meetings on Shirin Neshat’s artwork.

Russia and the Middle East after Crimea

May 12, 2015 // 11:00am12:00pm
Kennan Institute
During Vladimir Putin's presidency, the Middle East has been a major zone of Russian foreign engagement. As tensions between the West and Russia have grown due to the conflict in Ukraine, the Middle East has emerged once again as a potential playing field for geopolitical competition. Paul du Quenoy discussed how Russia interacts with the people and nations of the Middle East, illuminating Vladimir Putin’s complex and often paradoxical approach to the region since his seizure of Crimea in 2014.
Podcast

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. In this podcast conversation, two veteran analysts and scholars of Israeli politics and diplomacy assess and discuss.

A Conversation with Ephraim Sneh

April 28, 2015 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Middle East Program
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.
Webcast

Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences

April 16, 2015 // 8:45am3:30pm
Kennan Institute
Full video from all three panels as well as the keynote address are available here.

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

April 08, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
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.
Podcast

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
Middle East Program
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.
Podcast

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Day After

April 01, 2015 // 1:45pm2:45pm
What are the consequences of the latest round of U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks? Will politics in Washington, Tehran, Jerusalem, and other players in the region make a comprehensive agreement possible? Join us BY PHONE as three prominent foreign policy analysts of Iran, Israel, and U.S. policy discuss the negotiations, the region, and the future of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Facing Terrorism: A Lebanese Perspective

March 25, 2015 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Lebanon is surprisingly quiet while the region around it is literally burning. The country is facing many challenges, from the vacancy in the presidency to Hezbollah’s involvement in the fight in Syria to the presence of over one million Syrian refugees. Because of the government’s war on terror, Lebanon has succeeded in keeping a lid on the sources of tension in the country while fighting extremism and fending off terrorism. Interior Minister Machnouk, a key figure in this fight to keep the country stable and secure, discusses fighting extremism in Lebanon and how to keep Lebanon from becoming involved in the surrounding wars.

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