With the stakes higher than ever, The Bipartisan Policy Center is hosting an expert panel that will discuss the results of Turkey’s elections on June 24th as well as their implications for the future of Turkish democracy and for the U.S.-Turkish relationship.
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The American Society for International Law, the Stimson Center, and Washington Foreign Law Society are joining together for an in-depth and expert discussion, led by Amb. Stephen Rapp and Former Chief Prosecutor David Crane, about the situation on the ground in Yemen, and what solutions can be found to end impunity and uphold fundamental international standards.
Six months after the official launch of the Wilson Center & USIP event scanning turmoil across the Middle East, the landscape reveals many changes: a new phase in the ongoing war in Syria; recent elections in Iraq, Tunisia, and Lebanon; and U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. At the same time, we see a stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process - and yet, the possibility of a new peace initiative from the Trump administration; the continuing war in Yemen; a continuing rift within the GCC; and potential for a serious Israeli-Iranian conflict in Syria.
The Wilson Center is reconvening the four veteran analysts to address these and related issues in a region whose volatility shows no signs of abating.
Anton Lavrov, CSIS visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program, will present his assessment of Syria as a scorecard for the Russian military and its reforms.
The Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative are hosting a discussion with Delphine O, a member of the French Parliament, and Omid Nouripour of the German Parliament, to discuss the ramifications of the US decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This decision by President Donald J. Trump could have far-reaching effects on US-European relations as well as Iran’s political and economic future. Barbara Slavin, director of the Initiative, will moderate.
The Future of Iran Initiative, the Global Business and Economics Program, and the Middle East Security Initiative are hosting a discussion on the ramifications of Trump’s decision on the likely responses of Iran and US European allies as well as the consequences for non-proliferation and conflict in the Middle East.
In the aftermath of the uprising in Libya, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. What went wrong? Based on years of field reporting in Libya, Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey will discuss his new book, The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, which tells the stories of Libyan lives upended by the turmoil, sheds new light on the country’s afflictions, and provides valuable lessons for the future
From 2013 through 2014 ISIS recruited thousands of fighters from North Africa to fight in Syria and established a fallback position in Libya. Today, ISIS has lost much of its territory both in Syria and in North Africa. How did ISIS emerge in North Africa and what is its future in the region? New America is hosting a panel discussion to address these questions with various authors and stakeholders.
Syrian doctors and humanitarian relief experts have increasingly engaged on this issue and are developing new and innovative approaches to help address and heal these invisible wounds. USIP is hosting a discussion with specialists from the Syrian American Medical Society, the U.S State Department and Save the Children to address an aspect of the Syrian conflict that often receives less attention than it deserves.
The Atlantic Council is hosting a candid conversation with Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, who stepped down from his position as director of the Rafik Hariri Center of the Middle East at the end of March. Ambassador Hof will reflect on lessons learned from his many diplomatic and military adventures and also speak to what can be done to address the current crises in Syria and beyond.
Labeled the worst humanitarian crisis in today’s world, the conflict in Yemen is entering its fourth year. To understand the impact the war is having on the Yemeni people, and the challenges it poses to policymakers, CSIS is hosting a discussion with David Miliband which will be followed by a panel discussion with Barbara Bodine, Peter Salisbury, and Abdulrahman Al-Eryani .
USIP is hosting a one day conference with U.S. Administration and military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts to explore one of the most complex and consequential conflicts of our time. USIP and guest experts will help navigate the key themes and provide insight on the terrain ahead in Iraq and Syria.
The Syrian civil war is many overlapping conflicts, including the competition and cooperation among outside powers vying to protect their interests, often at the expense of Syria’s sovereignty. What are Russian, Iranian, Turkish, Israeli, and American objectives in Syria, and can they achieve them? The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion in which four analysts of Syria and the region will address the issue of outside powers and the future of Syria.
CSIS is hosting an expert discussion of what can be expected from the end game in Syria and after; emerging trends in terrorism and violent extremism; and the evolution and implications of U.S. and Russian policies and roles.
The Hudson Institute is hosting a panel to explore U.S. options to realign its allies with traditional NATO and U.S. positions, hold adversaries responsible for atrocities, and prevent security backsliding in the region. The panel will consist of Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Hillel Fradkin; Hudson Adjunct Fellow Michael Pregent; Senior Intelligence Planner at the Institute for the Study of War Jennifer Cafarella; and President of Soran University Dr. Nahro Zagros.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a discussion about the ongoing conflict in Syria. Panelists will include Brookings Senior Fellows Suzanne Maloney and Amanda Sloat. Pavel Baev, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and research professor at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, will also participate. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
The Hudson Institute will host a panel to discuss Iraq and the Middle East. Participants will be: Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Fareed Yasseen; Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Linda Robinson, senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation; Hudson Institute Adjunct Fellow Michael Pregent; and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Jonas Parello-Plesner.
The Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress program and Grasshopper Film are co-hosting a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo.” The screening will be followed by a short panel featuring the film’s director, Feras Fayyad—the first Syrian filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar—along with the Center for American Progress’ Brian Katulis, Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook, and Al Arabiya’s Nadia Bilbassy-Charters.
Increasingly, questions are being asked as to why the United States maintains a presence in Afghanistan. How is a U.S. presence serving American security interests? The Trump administration has pledged an indefinite commitment to victory in Afghanistan, but what does success look like and what would have to change to achieve it? Does the U.S. have a clear and coherent strategy going forward and what, if any, are the alternatives? The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host an expert panel to discuss these and other questions about the US mission in Afghanistan.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host the premiere screening of Alive in Graves, a documentary produced by the Save the Rest Campaign to shed light on the crisis of Syrian detainees in the prisons of the Syrian government. The 17-minute film will be followed by followed by a discussion to address questions including: How does the issue of enforced disappearances impact Syrian society today, and how will it affect the country’s future? How can the international community address the problem? How can the status of detainees be integrated into the negotiations and the political process?
This event, which is co-hosted with The Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will highlight current developments and perceptions in Pakistan related to extremism and terrorism; examine the role of state and society in radicalization and extremism; discuss possible future trajectories of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan; and consider what this all means for U.S. policy.
Former Middle East Task Force co-chairs Amjad Atallah and Daniel Levy return to New America to assess where the Trump administration’s proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital leaves the two-state solution and the Palestinian movement for freedom, justice and equality.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting UNRWA’s West Bank Director Scott Anderson and the director of UNRWA's Representative Office in Washington Elizabeth Campbell, who will discuss the regional impact of this decision and UNRWA’s new global funding push to continue its work. MEI's director for Gulf studies and government relations, Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein, will moderate the discussion.
CSIS is hosting a panel discussion on local Syrian and Coalition stabilization efforts in Raqqa featuring experts from USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and CSIS.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is hosting a conversation with Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States. Ambassador Zomlot will address the implications of this announcement on Palestinians as well as their Arab neighbors, and how a future peace process might be revived. MEI’s Senior Vice President for Policy Research and Programs, Paul Salem, will moderate the discussion.
On January 23rd, Hudson Senior Fellows Eric Brown and Michael Doran will discuss the current state of affairs in the region and offer recommendations for future U.S. policies. Hudson Fellow Peter Rough will moderate the conversation.
New America is welcoming Osama Abu Zayd, a spokesman and representative of the Free Syrian Army tiscuss where the Syrian opposition stands in 2018. Zayd has been a member of the Track 1 delegations at negotiations in Geneva and Astana, representing the Syrian opposition bilaterally and with transnational bodies such as the EU and UN.
The Wilson Center and International Crisis Group are co-hosting an event to discuss the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and how is it likely to be implemented in the year ahead - Will 2018 see confrontation, compromise, accommodation or a hybrid?
President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel carries profound consequences for U.S. policy, relations with the Arab world, the international community, and the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace.
The Wilson Center is hosting three veteran observers and analysts of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli arena to analyze and interpret the change in U.S. policy and its consequences for the region.
Brookings is hosting Saria Samakie, an amateur photographer and Syrian refugee, in conversation with Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Samakie and Duncan will candidly discuss what it is like to be a Syrian refugee in America today. What were some of the fierce challenges that Samakie—and no doubt countless other refugees—experienced during his journey? What does he make of life as an American university student? And what would he like all Americans to know about his country and his story?