Category Archives for Middle East

A Map to Success? Can Tunisia Bring Democracy to the Middle East

September 29, 2014 Host: The U.S. Institute of Peace Speaker: Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, President & Founder, Ennahdha Party, Tunisia For three years now, the Arab word has struggled to adjust to the massive change that was brought in with the … Continue reading

29. September 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Uncertain Futures: Iraq & Kurdistan

September 18, 2014 Host: U.S. Institute of Peace Speakers: Dr. Fuad M. Hussein, Chief of Staff to the President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations If one needs … Continue reading

19. September 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Explaining Violence in the Middle East: Is it Religion or Politics?

September 16, 2014 Host: The Stimson Center Speakers: Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya Joyce Karam, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Hayat Like any major world religion, Islam has a long history of theological divisions and arguments, which have in … Continue reading

18. September 2014 by Will Houstoun
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A New Face to Terrorism: Assessing the ISIL Threat

September 3, 2014 Host: The Brookings Institution Speaker: Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Over the course of the summer, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, aka. Islamic State (IS) or the Islamic State in … Continue reading

03. September 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The Political Aspects of an Iranian Nuclear Deal

July 21, 2014 Host: The Woodrow Wilson Center Speakers: Robert S. Litwak, Director, International Security Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center In theory, it should be easy for Iran, the U.S., and other member of the P5+1 to reach a nuclear deal. … Continue reading

21. July 2014 by Will Houstoun
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In Pursuit of a Nuclear Deal, Who Will Pay the Highest Price?

July 8, 2014 Host: The United States Institute of Peace Speakers: Dr. Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Dr. Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service Ms. Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security After three decades of tension, it … Continue reading

09. July 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Amidst an Absence of Hope: Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

July 7, 2014 Host: The Woodrow Wilson Center Speakers: Dr. Robert M. Danin, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor, University of Maryland Even as … Continue reading

08. July 2014 by Will Houstoun
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Does Short-term Upheaval Lead to Lasting Change in the Middle East?

July 2, 2014 Host: Stimson Center Speakers: Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies Dr. Michael Connell, Director of Iranian Studies Program, Center for Naval Analysis Geneive Abdo, Fellow, Stimson Center Since the most … Continue reading

03. July 2014 by Will Houstoun
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The Global Threat in Iraq’s Domestic Crisis

July 1, 2014 Host: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Speaker: Ambassador Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the United States The massive amount of death and upheaval in Iraq this past month has been truly staggering, a regression to chaos not … Continue reading

01. July 2014 by Will Houstoun
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New Energy Supplies are leading to New Partnerships in the Persian Gulf

June 25, 2014 Host: The Woodrow Wilson Center Speakers: Dr. Bijan Khajehpour, Managing Partner, Atieh International It is a well-known secret that there is an ongoing proxy war in the Middle East. In Syria, Iraq, and around the region, the … Continue reading

27. June 2014 by Will Houstoun
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