56 Events

JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

WATCH: Hamas and Israel: What happened, what does it mean, and what's next?

Fri., Oct. 13, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Professor Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland, Professor Shai Feldman of Brandeis, and Former Ambassador to Israel and Syria Edward Djerejian will discuss the ongoing events in Israel/Palestine with MEI Faculty Chair Professor Tarek Masoud.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Operation Iraqi Freedom: 20 Years Later

Thu., Mar. 30, 2023 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Taubman Building - Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor

Marking the passage of 20 years since the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom, MEI Faculty Director Professor Tarek Masoud will moderate this panel featuring: Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, HKS; Kanan Makiya, Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University and author, Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (University of California Press, 1989); and Emma Sky, OBE, founding Director of Yale’s International Leadership Center and former political advisor to the Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Iraq.

Workers disinfect the grounds at the Grand Mosque to help protect against the coronavirus in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Seminar - Open to the Public

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Muslim World

Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 | 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Dr. Kadir Yildirim will discuss his recent research on Muslim responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic affected religious practice and religiosity in parts of the Muslim world. In discussion with event moderator MEI Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, Dr. Yildirim will outline key findings from an online public opinion survey conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia and review the social and political implications of the pandemic. 

Dr. Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.

Dr. Yildirim is the author of two books: "Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation" (2015) and a forthcoming book, "The Politics of Religious Party Change: Islamist and Catholic Parties in Comparative Perspective," for which he received a Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. Yildirim received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arab Constitutionalism: The Coming Revolution

Tue., Apr. 19, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Following the 2011 Arab uprisings, policy makers, constitutional negotiators and drafters did little to address the demands of the millions of protesters across the region. The result has been a generalized regression in democratic governance throughout the region, in some cases far beyond the already poor standards that caused the 2011 uprisings in the first place. Author and lawyer Zaid Al-Ali will discuss the constitutional processes that followed the 2011 Arab uprisings and whether we are likely to see more protests in the coming years. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Sudan’s Road to Democracy

Thu., Apr. 7, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Dr. Mai Hassan will discuss the Sudanese uprising of 2018-2019 and its aftermath.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Egypt: Lumbering State, Restless Society

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Amr Adly and Nathan Brown will present their book (co-authored with Shimaa Hatab) on Egyptian politics, society, and economy.  The book draws on the authors' own research but situates it within multidisciplinary scholarship on Egypt in both English and Arabic and works to integrate the Egyptian experience into broader comparative discussions about state formation, regime type, social movements, and political economy in the Global South.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Wed., Mar. 2, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm


Nadya Hajj, Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College, will discuss her latest book, Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Seminar - Open to the Public

Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads

Thu., Feb. 24, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm


Something extraordinary is happening in Saudi Arabia. A traditional, tribal society once known for its lack of tolerance is rapidly implementing significant economic and social reforms. An army of foreign consultants is rewriting the social contract, King Salman has cracked down hard on corruption, and his dynamic though inexperienced son, the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is promoting a more tolerant Islam. But is all this a new vision for Saudi Arabia or merely a mirage likely to dissolve into Iranian-style revolution?