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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

Katharine Taylor

All seminars will continue to meet virtually through Fall 2021. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Meeting Schedule

07/15/2021 Online Meeting
2:00 PM
The Saudi-UAE Rift and its Implications for Politics and the Oil Markets
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Rice University


Historical Overview

Karen Young , Columbia University


The Political Economy of the Rivalry

Jason Bordhoff, Columbia University


Oil and the Implications for Energy Markets

Moderator: Gary Sick, Columbia University

08/29/2021 Online Meeting
3:00 PM
Barnett Rubin, New York University

09/11/2021 Online Meeting
5:00 PM
Al-Qaeda, 20 Years Later
Nelly Lahoud, New America