Middle East and North Africa Events

Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?

June 11, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
MEP hosts a meeting on "Lebanon without a President: Can Lebanon Weather the Neighborhood Storm?" with Basem Shabb, Member of Parliament in Lebanon, Future Parliamentary bloc.
Podcast

Researching the Middle East

June 10, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Cold War International History Project
This panel will discuss the challenges of researching and writing on recent Middle East history.
Photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

June 10, 2014 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
A final deal with Iran will have to sort out a dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms. To assess this period of pivotal diplomacy, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks and organizations is hosting three discussions to coincide with the last three rounds of talks This second event explores key conflicts and possible trade-offs.
Podcast

What’s To Become of Syria? U.S Policy, the Opposition and the Regime

June 06, 2014 // 8:30am9:30am
Middle East Program
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers and analysts of Syria assess that future, the impact of recent presidential elections, a growing jihadi presence and the prospects for change in U.S policy.
Podcast

Egypt's Presidential Elections: The Way Forward

May 29, 2014 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Presidential elections in Egypt mark yet another milestone in the country’s turbulent political journey of the past three years. Will the election of a new president usher in a period of greater security, prosperity and good governance or a continuation of uncertainty and volatility in Egyptian politics and economic life? And what will a new President mean for the US-Egyptian relationship? Four veteran analysts of Egypt and its politics offer their observations on these critical matters in this Ground Truth Briefing.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

May 22, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Middle East Program
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird appears in a conversation with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to discuss Bird's new biography, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Robert Ames was the CIA officer who created the first clandestine contacts with the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was among those killed in the April 1983 truck bomb attack that destroyed the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Why it Matters

May 22, 2014 // 12:15pm1:15pm
Middle East Program
Trials at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon began in January 2014. Five people are accused in relation to the attack that killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, and 21 others. Daryl Mundis, the Registrar of the court, and the former Chief of Prosecutions, will discuss the evolution of the court and its work so far.

New Terrorism Meets New Media

May 14, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Science and Technology Innovation Program
There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. This new arena of open and social systems presents new challenges and requires dramatic shifts in strategic thinking regarding national security and countering terrorism.

Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945

May 13, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Kennan Institute
In a sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova surveys armed conflicts post–World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of British decolonization after World War II and the United States in the 2003 Iraq war. Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. Case studies examine the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped military events more than military capacity and strategy.

The Rubik’s Cube (tm) of a Final Agreement (at U.S. Institute of Peace)

May 13, 2014 // 9:30am11:00am
Middle East Program
The clock is ticking on a nuclear deal with Iran. The deadline is July 20. An unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks is hosting three discussions on the pivotal diplomacy to coincide with the last three rounds of talks. The first event—”The Rubik’s Cube (tm) of a Final Agreement”—on May 13 will explore the 10 disparate issues to be resolved and the many formulations for potential solutions.

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