56 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias

Thu., Dec. 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Stephen Biddle will discuss his new book, Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias, in which he argues that some nonstate armies fight more “conventionally” than state armies and that the internal politics of nonstate actors determine their military tactics and strategies.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Afghanistan and Its Consequences

Fri., Nov. 19, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, will share his unique perspective on Afghanistan and offer insight into the implications of the 2021 Taliban takeover for the country and the region at large.  

Kim Ghattas

Macmillan Publishers

Seminar - Open to the Public

From the Iranian Revolution to the Kabul Withdrawal

Thu., Nov. 4, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Drawing on themes from her recently published book Black WaveKim Ghattas will look back at forty years of rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, unpack the misconceptions that handicap America's dealings with the region, and analyze the inter-play between the Saudi-Iran rivalry and American foreign policy. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Security Landscape of the Middle East: The View from Israel 

Wed., Oct. 20, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Middle East Initiative (MEI) Senior Fellow Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin will join MEI Faculty Director Tarek Masoud to offer his perspective on the security landscape of the Middle East from his vantage point as a longtime Israeli soldier, national security official, and strategic analyst.   

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Palestine - A Conversation with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Thu., Oct. 7, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Online

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, the first woman to be elected to the highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its official spokesperson until 2020, will speak about the future of Palestine and the current challenges in negotiating an end to the conflict.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Can the Future of Jihadism be Predicted?

Thu., Sep. 30, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Online

Why is jihadism so difficult to predict, and what, if anything, can social scientists hold on to as reliable indicators and frameworks for estimating its future? In this talk, Dr. Thomas Hegghammer, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo, will review the forty-year history of scholarly prediction attempts, reflect on his own misjudgments, and draw up tentative - and likely wrong - scenarios for the coming years.

Seminar - Open to the Public

UNRWA, Its Mandate, Successes, and Challenges

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:15pm

Online

At a moment when public policy and public health are becoming increasingly intertwined, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini will share his unique perspective on UNRWA’s past, present, and future strategies for supporting Palestinian refugees. MEI Faculty Director, Tarek Masoud, will moderate this discussion. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Book Talk: Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy

Thu., May 6, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Online

A seminar with Michael Hoffman, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on his new book Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy from Oxford University Press.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition" Elizabeth Nugent, Yale University

Thu., Apr. 15, 2021 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Online

In the wake of the Arab Spring, political elites passed a new constitution, held parliamentary elections, and demonstrated the strength of their democracy with a peaceful transfer of power. Yet in Egypt, unity crumbled due to polarization among elites. Elizabeth Nugent, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science presents a new theory of polarization under authoritarianism in her new book After Repression and reveals how polarization and the legacies of repression led to these substantially divergent political outcomes.