544 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

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

Thu., Dec. 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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

Networked Refugees: Palestinian Reciprocity and Remittances in the Digital Age

Thu., Dec. 9, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online

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

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.  

Seminar - Open to the Public

Setting the Stage for Emerging Contemporary Art in Palestine

Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

James Snyder, MEI Senior Fellow, will speak with Aline Khoury, Jerusalem-born art historian and contemporary curator. She is Managing Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem, an artist-led collaborative that seeks to create an independent platform for emerging artists in Palestine.

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 - Open to the Public

Israel and the Middle East through a Literary Lens

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

James Snyder, MEI Senior Fellow, in conversation with the internationally recognized Israeli fiction and non-fiction writer David Grossman. Grossman’s work explores the frailty and complexity of the Middle East from a uniquely personal perspective and displays a moral sensibility that resonates worldwide.  His newly published novel, More than I Love my Life, once again merges history and fiction, weaving a narrative that demonstrates through its characters how Israel’s personality is inextricably tied to histories originating elsewhere in the world.

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, a distinguished Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar who served on the Executive Committee of the PLO and as an official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process, will speak about the future of Palestine.

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.