The Middle East

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The seminar usually meets once a month during the academic year. A prominent expert from here or abroad, commonly from the Middle East, leads a four-hour discussion at each meeting, assuring ample time for seri- ous dialogue on focused issues. The seminar provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences by Middle East experts in various spheres—business, banking and investment, federal service, the foundations, the media, and the liberal professions as well as academia. The seminar has become a medium for carefully defined and informed evaluation of stubborn problems in a region that symbolizes mounting instability and proliferating crises. Detailed minutes are circulated to participating members for use without attribution to uphold the confidentiality of the discussion.

Gary Sick
Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, International Affairs, and Director, Gulf 2000 Project

Associate Chair
Lawrence Potter
Staff Associate, Middle East Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, International Affairs

Seth Anziska

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/17/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Iraq, the Kurds, and the New Islamic State
Dr. Denise Natali, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)

10/15/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Islamists, the Military, and Revolution in the Middle East
Prof. Khaled Fahmy, American University in Cairo

11/19/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Understanding the Islamic State (ISIS)
Cole Bunzel, Ph.D. Candidate, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

12/10/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Afghanistan after the US/NATO Combat Mission
Dr. Barnett R. Rubin, Director and Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation of New York University

01/21/2015 Faculty House
5:00 PM
“The Price of Oil is Down: Should We Care?”
Jason Bordoff, Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Fellow and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Andrew Cooper,

02/18/2015 Faculty House
5:00 PM
2015, A Century On: Is a New Sultan on the Rise?
Dr. David Cuthell,

03/11/2015 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies
Yossi Alpher,

04/22/2015 Faculty House
5:00 PM
The Iran Negotiations: How we got this far and where we are going
Richard Nephew, Center on Global Energy Policy

2:00 PM