January 30, 2015 // 12:10pm — 1:15pm
January 22, 2015 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The New Silk Road Initiative, originally envisioned in 2011, seeks to promote greater regional connectivity through improved trade and transit, the development of regional energy markets, strengthened customs and border operations, and deeper people-to-people and business relationships. What is the potential for this initiative, and what concrete steps have been taken? What are the challenges and opportunities, particularly against the backdrop of the recent foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan? And how can the New Silk Road Initiative help benefit an Afghanistan that faces major economic challenges?
January 20, 2015 // 9:30am — 11:00am
The Middle East, already the world’s most volatile region, faces some of its toughest challenges in a century: Borders have been redrawn in Syria and Iraq. States from Libya to Yemen are collapsing. Autocracy is again on the rise in Egypt. And diplomacy is teetering with Iran. Meanwhile, the United States is being sucked back into the region. Come hear four top experts explore the crises of 2015, the stakes, and where they’re headed.
January 15, 2015 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Nicola Pedde, the Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Rome, discussed Iran’s evolving domestic political situation and its relationship with the United States.
December 11, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
General John Allen, recently appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, was selected by President Obama to coordinate the international effort against the Islamic State militant group. Join us for General Allen’s first public discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State.
December 09, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi Member of Parliament in Iraq, will discuss the plight of the Yazidi women since the attack by ISIS. Dakhil, who gave an impassioned speech in Iraq’s parliament about the ISIS attack, is known as the voice of Iraq’s Yazidi minorities.
December 04, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
May Rihani will discuss her new book, Cultures Without Borders, the memoir of a Lebanese woman whose life defies Western stereotypes about Arab women. Rihani, who has traveled to 71 countries and has worked in more than 40, discovers that the common ground among cultures eclipses the differences.
December 01, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Are we on the verge of another sustained Israeli-Palestinian confrontation along the lines of 1987-1992 or 2000-2004? Why has Jerusalem become the focus of the current tensions and violence, and what if anything can be done about it? Join us for fascinating conversation with one of Israel’s foremost experts on the city and its political and physical landscape.
December 01, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
In case you missed the Ground Truth Briefing on the recent Iranian nuclear talks, please see this summary of the conversation with experts Robert Litwak, Ali Vaez and Robin Wright.
November 21, 2014 // 12:30pm — 1:30pm
After a successful legislative election on October 26, Tunisia faces another important challenge. Can an effective governing coalition be formed that includes the country’s divided secular and Islamist parties? And what role will the country’s new civic groups play?
Experts & Staff
- Henri J. Barkey // Director, Middle East Program
- Kendra Heideman // Program Associate
- Julia Craig Romano // Program Assistant
- Margot Badran // Senior Scholar
- Jason Brodsky // Policy Advisor to the Director, President and CEO and Research Associate
- Jeffrey Goldberg // Distinguished Fellow
- Aaron David Miller // Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar
- Amal Mudallali // Senior Scholar
- David Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
- Robin Wright // USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
- Haleh Esfandiari // Director Emerita, Middle East Program