Category Archives for Middle East

Yemen’s Houthi Takeover: Where is the Country Heading?

February 10, 2015 Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speakers: Ms. Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Executive Director, Sheba Center for International Development Ms. Laura Kasinof, Author of Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen While many media … Continue reading

12. February 2015 by Will Houstoun
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Exploiting Historical Tensions and Highlighting Sectarian Divisions: ISIS’ Role in the Sunni-Shi’a Conflict

December 16, 2014 Host: The Stimson Center Speakers: Mr. Joseph Bahout, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Mr. Omar Al-Nidawi, Director for Iraq, Ggryphon Partners LLC When the Arab Spring began in 2011, leaders around the world hoped that … Continue reading

17. December 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The Product of Nuclear Negotiations

November 20, 2014 Host: The Hudson Institute Speakers: Mr. David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security Dr. Hillel Fradkin, Director, Center on Islam Dr. Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations On November 24 a year-long negotiating … Continue reading

21. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Beyond Negotiations: the Cost of Unilateralism in Israel & Palestine

November 18, 2014 Host: The Brookings Institution Speakers: Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director, Center for Middle East Policy Dr. Natan Sachs, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy Mr. Khaled Elgindy, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy This past summer, a … Continue reading

19. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Establishing New Norms for a New Generation: Prospects for Afghanistan’s Coalition Government

November 14, 2014 Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speaker: Mr. William Maley, Foundation Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy In little more than a decades time, the social framework and culture of Afghanistan has changed. Large sums of international investment … Continue reading

14. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The Pillars of Success: Degrading the Islamic State & Promoting Inclusivity

Host:The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speaker: Antony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor In the wake of the Arab Spring, policymakers in the U.S. have had to maintain a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, as calls for democracy … Continue reading

03. November 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Understanding & Overcoming the Roots of Sectarianism

October 28, 2014 (This is the second entrance in a 4 part series hosted by the Stimson Center) (The first entrance in the series : “Explaining Violence in the Middle East” may be read here)  Speakers: Dr.Dwight Bashir, Deputy Director for Policy and Research, … Continue reading

29. October 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Turkey’s Competing Interests: Kobani, Syria, and Peace with the PKK

October 22, 2014 Host: The Middle East Institute Speakers: Ms. Aliza Marcus, Former International Correspondent, Boston Globe Dr. Kadir Ustun, Director of Research, SETA Foundation Mr. Mehmet Yuksel, Representative to the U.S., Peoples’ Democracy Party In little more than a … Continue reading

23. October 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Balancing Threats & Interests in the Middle East

October 21, 2014 Host: The Woodrow Wilson Center Speaker: Dr. Jubin Goodarzi, Head of the International Relations Department, Webster University Although typically described in binary terms, the ongoing civil war in Syria reflects a much larger, multidimensional conflict in the … Continue reading

21. October 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The U.S. & Turkey: Overcoming Unaligned Interests in Syria

 October 14, 2014 Host: The Bipartisan Policy Center Speakers: Ambassador Eric Edelman, Co-chair, BPC’s Turkey Initiative Dr. Henri Barkey, Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University As a member of NATO as well as the largest democracy in the Middle East, … Continue reading

16. October 2014 by Will Houstoun
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