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2013 - 2016 SPEAKERS

God's Big Mistake
HARVEY COX, Professor (ret) of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

Understanding Israel's Politics: Who is for What and Why
NAOMI CHAZAN, Former member and Deputy Speaker of Knesset Dean, School of Government and Society, Academic College of Tel Aviv 
The Road from Dabiq—The Ongoing Threat from ISIS and Al Qaeda
MARK HAMBLEY, Former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and Qatar

Lebanon and its Multiple Challenges
RANDA SLIM, Director, Track II Dialogues Initiative, Middle East Institute

Saudi Arabia Faces the Future...or Tries to
THOMAS LIPPMAN, Former Middle East Bureau Chief, The Washington Post


Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why Not Give Up?

NAOMI CHAZAN, Former member and Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset

Public Opinion in the Middle East
SHIBLEY TELHAMI, Professor, University of Maryland

The Future of U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf
GARY SICK, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University

Changing Geopolitics in the Middle East and Implications for U.S. Policy

ELLEN LAIPSON, President, Stimson Center, Washington, D.C.


Egyptian Politics: from Uprising to Coup and Beyond
STEPHEN COOK, Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Easter Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

The Syrian Dilemma and the Middle East
PAUL SALEM, Vice President, Middle East Institute


Forward or Backward: Prospects for Post-2014 Afghanistan

PAUL DAVID FISHSTEIN, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

Iran’s Descent into Theocratic Military Authoritarianism
ALI BANUAZIZI, Department of Political Science, Boston University

Egypt after Mubarak
WILLIAM RUGH, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Human Rights and Security in Israel-Palestine

NEVE GORDON, Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University; Ben Gurion University, Israel 


US Policy in the New Middle East

WILLIAM QUANDT, Department of Political Science, University of Virginia

Syria’s Agony and Widening Sunni-Shia Rift
A. RICHARD NORTON, Department of Anthropology, Boston University


Can the United States Manage the Middle East? Should it try?

STEPHEN WALT, Belfer Professor of International Affairs, JFK School of Government, Harvard University

Turkey’s Evolving Relationship with the U.S. and the Middle East

FRANCIS J. RICCIARDONE,  Vice President, Atlantic Council; Director Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Egypt

Yemen: Domestic Problems and Outside Influences

WILLIAM RUGH, Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and UAE

American-Iranian Relationships: Past, Present and Future

BARBARA SLAVIN, Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council


The Challenge of Reconciliation and Reform
in Egypt

EMAD SHAHIN, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University; Professor of Political Science, American University in Cairo


Syria, ISIS, and the U.S. Response

FREDERIC C. HOF, Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; former U.S. Special Advisor for Transition in Syria

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