Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MEI's 68th Annual Conference

Panels Announced for MEI's 68th Annual Conference 

Thursday, November 20
Registration opens at 8:15am 
The Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001
Register now for The Middle East Institute's 68th Annual Conference on Thursday, November 20 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Registration is free for this all-day event, which will feature expert panels examining key regional developments in 2015.  Additional panelists to be announced.Agenda

8:45AM - Introductory Remarks
Amb. Wendy Chamberlin 
President, The Middle East Institute   
9:00AM-10:30AM - A Middle East in Flux: Risks and Opportunities 
Juan Cole
Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan
Amb. Robert Ford
Senior Fellow, The Middle East Institute  
Paul Salem
Vice President for Policy and Research, The Middle East Institute
Randa Slim
Director for Track II Initiatives, The Middle East Institute
Daniel Serwer (Moderator)
Professor of Conflict Management and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Scholar The Middle East Institute
10:45AM-12:15PM - Containing the Islamic State
Adel Altoraifi
Deputy General Manager, Al Arabiya
Cengiz Çandar
Senior Columnist, Radikal, Senior Columnist, Al Monitor
Hossein Mousavian
Research Scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
Brett McGurk 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kim Ghattas (Moderator)
Correspondent, BBC
2:00PM-3:30PM - Travails of Transition in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen
Larbi Sadiki
Associate Professor of International Relations and Democratization, Qatar University 
Charles Schmitz
Scholar, The Middle East Institute
Amr El Shobaki
Former Egyptian MP
Frederic Wehrey
Senior Associate, Middle East Program, the Carnegie Endowment
Paul Salem (Moderator) 
Vice President for Policy and Research, The Middle East Institute
3:45PM-5:15PM - After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process
Shlomo Ben-Ami 
Vice President, The Toledo International Centre for Peace
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel

Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer
S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University 
Khalil Shikaki 
Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah)
Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University 

Lara Friedman (Moderator)

Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now

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