Middle East Seminar

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA)/CMES joint seminar brings ambassadors, dignitaries, journalists and scholars to lecture on topics in modern Middle East politics.

Chairs: Lenore G. Martin, Sara Roy, and Herbert C. Kelman

Academic Year 2021–22

2021 Sep 09

Kleptocracy, Militias and the October Revolution: the Iraqi State Between Sectarianism and Democracy

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (use Zoom link below to register)

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Eric Davis, Ph.D.Eric Davis
Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Discussant: Muhamed Almaliky, M.D., Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Director, Iraqi American Institute; Physician, University of Pennsylvania Health System

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2021 Sep 10

Implications: Regional Perspectives on the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

9:00am to 10:30am

Location: 

Online (see below)

The Harvard Asia Center's Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series presents

Panelists
Shirin Jaafari, Reporter, The World, USA
Shubhanga Pandey, Chief Editor, Himal Southasian, Sri Lanka
Nasim Zehra, Senior Anchor, Analyst & Executive Producer, Channel 24, Pakistan

Moderator: James Robson, James C. Kralik, and Yunli Lou Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center, Harvard University

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2021 Oct 28

DATE CHANGE to 10/28: The Vanishing: Faith, Loss, and the Twilight of Christianity in the Middle East

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (Zoom registration info below)

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Janine Di GiovanniThe Vanishing book cover
Multi-award winning journalist and author; Senior Fellow and Professor, Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Please note the date change: this event will now be held on October 28.

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2021 Nov 04

The Politics of ‘Enemies within’: Collusion, Subversion and Loyalty Signaling by Religious Groups in Erdogan’s Turkey

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (Zoom registration below)

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Kristin FabbeKristin Fabbe
Jakurski Family Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

Discussant: Andrew O'Donohue, PhD candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

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2021 Nov 18

Implosion and Collapse: Lebanese Women in Revolution, Civil Resistance, and Reconstruction

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (Zoom registration info below)

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Carmen GehaCarmen Geha
Visiting Fellow, Weatherhead Center For International Affairs, Harvard University; Associate Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration; Founding Member, Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women, American University of Beirut

Discussant: Rami G. Khouri, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Director of Global Engagement and Adjunct Visiting Professor of Journalism, American University of Beirut

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2022 Jan 27

Misunderstanding Mid-Century Turkey: Ottomania, Academia and the rise of Erdogan

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (registration info below)

CMES & WCFIA present the Middle East Seminar with

Nicholas Danforth, Ph.D.
Senior Non-Resident Fellow, The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy  (ELIAMEP)

Discussant: Dr. Jesse Howell, Academic Programs Manager and Associate Director of the MA Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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2022 Feb 24

The Political Economy of Humanitarian Aid in Yemen: Benefit or Detriment?

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Online (registration info below)

The WCFIA & CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Asher Orkaby, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scholar, Transregional Institute, Princeton University

Discussant: Afrah Nasser, Yemen Researcher, Human Rights Watch

** PLEASE NOTE: this talk will now take place from 2-3:30pm ET **

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2022 Mar 10

The Fractured Iraqi Community: Rethinking Development

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (registration info below)

The WCFIA & CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Martha MyersMartha Myers
International and Humanitarian Development Assistance Professional & Former Chief of Party, Iraqi Durable Communities and Economic Opportunity Project, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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2022 Apr 07

Can Russia Manage its New Role in the Middle East?

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (registration info below)

The WCFIA & CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Carol R. Saivetz, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, MIT Security Studies Program; Research Associate, Davis Center, Harvard University

Discussant: Mark N. Katz, Ph.D., Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

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2022 Apr 21

From Policy to Practice: A Critical Review of United States Government Stabilization Efforts in Syria

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Online (registration info below)

The CMES & WCFIA Middle East Seminar presents

Michelle Bradford
International Development Professional & Former Team Leader for multi-donor funded stabilization programming in Syria, US Department of State and UK Department for International Development

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