Events

Post-Occupation Iraq: The Brittleness of Political Institutions

February 15, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Adeed Dawisha discussed Iraq’s political institutions and highlighted how their dysfunction appears to be hindering the transition to democracy.

An Assessment of Iran’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

February 09, 2012 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Hosein Ghazian, an expert on the electoral process, presented a preview of the March 2 Iranian parliamentary elections.
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A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran

February 01, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Trita Parsi discussed his latest book, focusing on the state of the Obama administration’s diplomatic relations with Iran, how a series of diplomatic failures led to the current state of affairs, and the steps that must be taken moving forward.

Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party: Inside an Authoritarian Regime

January 23, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Author Joseph Sassoon translated and analyzed the documents that form the basis of this revealing book about Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘th Party which came to power in 1968 and remained for 35 years, until the 2003 U.S. invasion.
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The Transformation of the Middle East: Challenge and Response of the International Community

January 18, 2012 // 11:00am12:00pm
A Director's Forum with Ambassador Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

Justice Iranian Style: Tehran's Extrajudicial Assassinations

January 12, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Roya Hakakian, an Iranian-American poet, writer, and journalist, discussed the Mykonos Restaurant assassination of 1992, in Berlin in which three exiled Kurdish-Iranian opposition leaders were killed, and its effects on Iran’s relationship with the West, as well as the case’s impact on Iran’s extrajudicial assassination program.

Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

January 10, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Journalist and author Fariba Nawa discussed her recently published book, Opium Nation, as well as the role of women in the drug trade in Afghanistan and within Afghan society during the war led by the United States.
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Enemies or Allies in the New Middle East? Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

December 19, 2011 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Three Middle East experts discussed the complicated and changing relationships between Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the post-Arab Spring environment.
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The Impact of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict on the Arab and Jewish Diasporas in Latin America

December 09, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
Kaufman’s study builds on previously explored interactions among the homeland, diasporas, and the host country by highlighting the actual and potential links among both Arab and Jewish communities specifically in Latin America and their relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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In the Middle of the Storm: Development and Governance in the Arab World

December 06, 2011 // 9:00am2:00pm
"A year has passed, and the state of play remains uncertain. Spring has turned to autumn, and autumn to winter," said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during a conference on the gap between development and governance in the Arab world.

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