This event is part of the Middle East Initiative's "Middle East Dialogues," a series of frank, open, and probing encounters with vital and varied perspectives on the current conflict, its causes, and the prospects for peace and progress in the region: 

  • A Conversation with Jared Kushner, former senior advisor to President Donald Trump - Thursday, February 15, 4:30-6:00pm
  • A Conversation with Matt Duss, former foreign policy advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders - Thursday, February 29, 4:30-6:00pm
  • A Conversation with Dalal Saeb Iriqat, columnist and professor, Arab American University Palestine, March 7, 12:00-1:30pm
  • A Conversation with Salam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority - Tuesday, March 26, 4:30-6:00pm
  • A Conversation with Einat Wilf, author and former member of Knesset - Friday, April 12, 12:00-1:30pm
  • A Conversation with Bret Stephens, New York Times opinion columnist - Monday, April 29, 6:00-7:30pm

These events are open to HUID holders only. Registration is required.

Salam Fayyad is an economist and former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1987 to 2001, his tenure included serving as IMF resident representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 1996 to 2001. He then served as manager of the Arab Bank in Palestine, and, in June 2002, he was named minister of finance of the Palestinian Authority. Until he resigned in December 2005, Dr. Fayyad served in that capacity on several cabinets, introducing in the process extensive financial reforms. In January 2006, he ran for elections on a slate of independents and was elected for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), where he served as chairman of the Finance Committee. In March 2007, Fayyad was appointed again as minister of finance in a national unity government, and in June 2007, he was appointed prime minister, a position he held until he stepped down in June 2013. In August 2013, Fayyad founded "Future for Palestine," a nonprofit development foundation. Currently, Dr. Fayyad is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a distinguished statesman with the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Dr. Fayyad holds a BSc from the American University of Beirut, an MBA from St. Edward's University, and a PhD in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.