The Middle East

  • Founded
    1971
  • Seminar Number
    525

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.


Chair
Gary Sick
Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University, International Affairs, and Director, Gulf 2000 Project
ggs2@columbia.edu

Associate Chair
Lawrence Potter
Staff Associate, Middle East Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, International Affairs
lgp5@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Seth Anziska
sea2009@columbia.edu


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

Welcome

Meetings

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

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