Middle East and North Africa Events

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Turkey and the Arab Spring

June 13, 2013 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
Members of the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Center will discuss Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East in the context of the Arab Spring. They will try to shed light on the factors that influenced Turkey's response to the democratic uprisings of the last three years, with special emphasis on the Syrian case. The Strategic Research Center is the Ministry's in-house think-tank to establish channels of communication between policy makers and the academic and research community. It also works as a consultative body to provide foreign policy decision makers with scholarly assessments of relevant issues and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a future perspective.

Reform, Revolution or Status Quo? Regional Dynamics in a Changing Arab World (hosted at USIP)

June 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Some experts predicted that the “Arab Spring” rebellions would widen the strategic, political, and even ideological gap between Arab states undergoing dramatic change and those defending the status quo. In fact, no such clear breach has occurred. Instead, Dawisha argues that sectarian tensions and economic constraints have dampened the potentially “incendiary” effect of the Arab political revolts. Please join us at USIP for an engaging discussion on these dynamics in the Middle East with Dawisha, the State Department’s Dafna Rand, and USIP’s Daniel Brumberg.
Webcast

Getting it Wrong: American Misperceptions of the Middle East

June 06, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Middle East Program
The Middle East is a very confusing region. However well-intentioned, does the United States add to that confusion by injecting its own flawed assumptions and illusions into the mix? Join us for a discussion with seasoned Middle East experts.
Webcast

The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective

June 05, 2013 // 10:00am5:30pm
Global Europe Program
“The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades” conference took place on June 4th and 5th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’ Brazil Institute, Global Europe Program, Mexico Institute, and Middle East Studies Program. The aim of this initial workshop was to consider dramatic transitional experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe and included a series of panels examining specific facets of transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); economic and social affairs; justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women; external pressures and interventions. In each case, a commentator with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa was asked to reflect on the possible relevance of other “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” These reflections also served as the primary task of the workshop’s concluding Round Table discussion.
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The View from Israel: A Conversation with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

June 04, 2013 // 11:00am12:00pm
Middle East Program
Rarely has there been a time where so many parts of the Middle East seem to be moving all at once. Civil war in Syria, the impact of the Arab Spring, the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and the Iranian nuclear issue all offer up challenges without quick or easy solutions. In this Director's Forum, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will share his views on these and other regional issues.
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YaLa Young Leaders: A Palestinian and Israeli Discuss the Future

June 03, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Facebook has revolutionized the world and the Middle East, too. Join us for a presentation by two representatives of YaLa Young Leaders, a Middle East Facebook organization bringing Arabs, Israelis, and Turks together in virtual and direct contact designed to breakdown old stereotypes and promote a new dialogue based on mutual respect and dignity.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Egypt: Political Challenges for the Youth Movement

May 24, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Egypt’s young generation played an important role in the country’s revolution, and they continue to be a political force. Nabulsi, an activist and organizer in the revolution who was shot multiple times, will discuss the future of the youth movement in Egypt.
Webcast

Iran: The Battle for the Presidency

May 23, 2013 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Middle East Program
Iran's Council of Guardians will announce the list of candidates for the next president of Iran on May 22-23. Our panel of experts discusses the candidates, their platforms, and their likely impact on future domestic and foreign policy.
Photo by Mona Youssef
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Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis: A Briefing by Marianne Gasser

May 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
More than two years after the onset of the conflict in Syria, the humanitarian toll continues to grow. With estimates of 4 million Syrians displaced internally, and another 1.2 million seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the impact on civilians continues.
Webcast

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (Report Launch)

May 16, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Amid the growing number of reports warning that climate change threatens security, one potentially dangerous – but counterintuitive – dimension has been largely ignored. Could efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and lower our vulnerability to climate change inadvertently exacerbate existing conflicts?

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