July 19, 2011 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Marwan Muasher, Ellen Laipson, Rami Khouri and Aaron David Miller discussed perspectives and policy implications of this year’s unrest in the Middle East, pointing out key observations and implications for the United States.
July 13, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
In “Rock the Casbah,” Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, tells the personal stories behind the rejection of both autocrats and extremists in the Muslim world.
July 12, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Even though neither the members of the Transitional Council nor the international community have expressed the willingness to see Libya divided, and continue to pay lip service to the "idea" of one united Libya, de facto, they are preparing for such a possibility. Karim Mezran provides analysis of the evolution of the revolt, its dynamics, and its potential outcomes.
June 28, 2011 // 10:00am — 11:30am
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is at an impasse. Fears of violence, unilateral actions, and UN action in the fall are poised to fill the ever expanding vacuum in the absence of serious negotiations. Are sustainable negotiations possible by year's end? And what are the likely consequences if they aren't?
June 27, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Ahmed Herzenni, a member of the commission that drafted the new Moroccan constitutional amendments, discussed the document, focusing on the political and social climate that led to its writing and the main changes it proposes.
June 16, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
The Iranian government responded to the massive protests that followed the contested 2009 presidential election with a severe clampdown on dissent, including widespread arrests, show trials, press and internet controls and the silencing of opposition leaders. Iranians have remained quiescent during the "Arab spring" and the unrest that is shaking the Arab world. Our panelists examine whether this means repression has succeeded in Iran or whether the proponents of democracy and of the opposition Green Movement are merely biding their time.
June 15, 2011 // 10:30am — 11:45am
Calling in from Cairo via Skype, a panel of three women activists discuss the role of women before, during, and after Egypt's January 25th revolution. The panelists draw upon their perspectives on recent events.
June 08, 2011 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Omar al-Mashhadani adresses these relevant questions: What are the demands of the protesters in Iraq? Would the situation in Iraq evolve to the same results of the other Arab countries? What are the potential setbacks in the democracy process?
June 02, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Lilia Labidi, Minister of Women's Affairs for the Republic of Tunisia, and Moushira Khattab, former Minister of Family and Population for Egypt, discussed the role and expectations of women in the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, as well as issues to consider as these two countries move forward.
June 01, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:15pm
These are exhilarating times in the Middle East and North Africa. From the Green Movement in Iran to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and other uprisings in the region, demonstrators are demanding their democratic dignity and the expansion of their rights as citizens. The desegregated nature of these massive demonstrations, in which throngs of women walk shoulder to shoulder with men and face batons and bullets with open hands and life-affirming words, is unprecedented. It is indeed a revolution within revolutions. It is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism, a turning point in the contemporary history of Islam. These circulating women—visible, voiced, and mobile—are seasoned negotiators of confined spaces, veteran trespassers of walls, closed doors, and iron gates. They are an audacious moderating, modernizing force to be reckoned with. Milani discusses the complex interconnectedness between power, space, and physical mobility in the Islamic world in general and Iran in particular.
May 22, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
May 24, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm