655 Past Events

10 Days Before the Wedding by Amr Gamal

Adenium Productions

Special Series - Open to the Public

MEI Film Series: 10 Days Before The Wedding (Yemen, 2018) Screening and Discussion

Mon., Apr. 15, 2019 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Taubman Building

This event will take place in the Taubman Building, Ground Floor, Room G50, HKS.

Please join us for a screening of 10 Days Before The Wedding (Yemen, 2018) and a discussion with the film's director, Amr Gamal. The film explores a number of obstacles standing in the way of a young couple as only 10 days are left for their wedding, each obstacle is in one way or another caused by the aftermath of the 2015 war in Yemen.

A women holds a Palestinian flag during a protest at the Unknown Soldier Square, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

AP Photo/Adel Hana

Seminar - Open to the Public

Palestine in the Era of Trump: A New Strategy for Political Change

Tue., Apr. 9, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

A seminar with Ambassador Husam S. Zomlot, Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom; Strategic Affairs Advisor to the President of the Palestinian National Authority and State of Palestine.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Amb. Zomlot will deliver this lecture via video conference.

Co-sponsored by the CMES/WCFIA Middle East Seminar and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Special Series - Open to the Public

MEI Short Films Program

Mon., Apr. 8, 2019 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Taubman Building - Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor

Join us for MEI's short films program about child protection and migration followed by a panel discussion with the film makers. The program is featuring the following three short films: Tomorrow's ChildrenToday They Took My Son and Ayny. The panel discussion will feature Oula A. Alrifai and Mouhanad Al Rifay of Tomorrow's Children and Farah Nabulsi of Today They Took My Son.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

A mother holds her young child overlooking Dubai from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa.

Adobe Stock/Andrey Bandurenko

Seminar - Open to the Public

Making Care “Work” in Dubai: Mompreneurs between State, Market, and Mediated Spaces

Fri., Apr. 5, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Taubman Building - Darman Seminar Room, 1st Floor

A seminar with May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University Abu Dhabi with an associated appointment at NYU in New York. Previously, she was the Founder and Director of the Gender and Public Policy Program and a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

 Mother Of All Battles Mosque secured by 1-15th Infantry Regiment of 3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division on 13 April 2003 in North Western Baghdad.

DoD/SGT Igor Paustovski

Seminar - Open to the Public

Desert Shield of the Republic? Realism and the Middle East

Mon., Apr. 1, 2019 | 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Speaker: Patrick Porter, Professor of International Security and Strategy, University of Birmingham

How should political realists view the United States' role in the Middle East? Political realists disagree on what America should "do" and "be" in the Middle East. They are united in their scepticism towards extravagant geopolitical projects such as the "Global War on Terror" and attempts to transform the region along democratic, capitalist lines. Yet they divide over other fundamental questions: how important is the Middle East to U.S. national interests? Is America's patronage of Israel and the Saudi bloc prudent? What military posture is needed, if any, and for what purpose? This seminar offers a genealogy of these intramural arguments within realism, in order to surface the disagreements and evaluate the choices they offer. The speaker identifies two strands: "primacy" realism, that advocates continued pursuit of hegemony with the United States as an effective stabilizer, and "shield of the republic" realism, which views the region as an unruly place that both entangles and corrupts the republic, involving interests that are either manageable from a remove or only generated by being there in the first place. The speaker makes the case for the second tradition, arguing that the time for abandonment has come.

Please join us! Coffee, tea, and refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

This seminar is being held under the auspices of the joint HKS/MIT Program on Strategy, Security, and Statecraft.