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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 2020-2021 academic year. 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
US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Where do we go from Here?
Robert Hunter, Former US Ambassador to NATO

12/09/2020 Online Meeting
5:00 PM
Turkey in the Middle East
Rich Outzen, George Mason University

01/13/2021 Online Meeting
5:00 PM
The New Realities of Politics and Security in the Post-Trump Persian Gulf
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Rice University

02/18/2021 Online Meeting
1:00 PM
U.S.-Iran Relations: Where do we go from here?
Nasser Hadian, University of Tehran (Iran)

03/10/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM
Iran and Israel: A perspective from Tel Aviv
David Menashri, Tel Aviv University

04/14/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM
Yemen in Crisis
Helen Lackner, University of London and the European Council for Foreign Relations

05/06/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM
Modern Slavery in Oman
Emily Jane O’Dell, Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute (China)