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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 serious 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.

Professor Gary Sick

Associate Chair
Professor Lawrence Potter

Cheyn Shah

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020 fall semester. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

09/23/2020 Online Meeting
5:00 PM
The State of the Arabs: Taking stock of a turbulent Arab region in distress
Rami Khouri, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

10/21/2020 Online Meeting
5:00 PM
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University

11/18/2020 Online Meeting
5:00 PM


12/09/2020 Online Meeting
5:00 PM