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September 2017

“Donald Trump promised to do a great deal more in the Middle East than his immediate predecessors, but with much less,” Hudson Institute fellows Michael Doran and Peter Rough wrote recently in Mosaic magazine. “That is, he would achieve significantly more than Barack Obama at a much smaller sacrifice of blood and treasure than was incurred under George W. Bush. This he would accomplish by defining American interests sharply and pursuing them aggressively, not to say ruthlessly. The result would be a global restoration of American credibility and, as Trump never ceased to remind voters, renewed global respect.”

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

You are invited to the first event in the IISS Manama Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series. This series, focusing on political, economic, social, and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa, will be held before and after the IISS Manama Dialogue in December. This event will be a timely discussion about jihadi extremism, the political pivot points in Syria and Iraq, and what lies ahead in the Middle East.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Please join the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East for a panel discussion on the new Tunisian government and prime minister shuffle. As part of a four-year IMF approved loan, the new government and cabinet must enact fiscal reforms to continue receiving a $2.9 billion loan aimed at strengthening job creation and economic growth. Will the so-called "war government" geared towards reform succeed in this effort? Is enough being done to address corruption and strengthen good governance? What are the major challenges and obstacles facing the Tunisian government in its effort to bring the country back to economic and political stability? The panel will address these and other concerns related to Tunisia’s ongoing transition. 

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

Camelia Suleiman will join us at the CCAS to discuss her newly published book Politics of Arabic in Israel. It will be hosted in ICC 141.Camelia Suleiman will explore the implications of removing Arabic as an official language in the State of Israel for the history and future of the Palestinian Arab minority living there.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:15pm

October 2017

Today ISIS is in retreat, but from 2013 through 2014, the group recruited thousands of fighters from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These fighters were the foundation upon which ISIS staffed its force and quasi-state. How did ISIS recruit so many fighters, and what factors drove the mobilization in these critical regions. 


October 2, 2017

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm


New America

740 15th St NW #900

Washington, D.C. 20005


Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:15pm

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is a U.S. government program that provides resources to targeted communities, predominantly American Muslims, ostensibly to root out extremism before it results in violence. The program involves law enforcement agencies that partner with community leaders such as teachers, religious leaders, and health professionals to identify allegedly at-risk community members and steer them away from violence.

The program is controversial for a variety of reasons. Is the government’s theory of radicalization sound? Is the Muslim community unfairly singled out? Are targeted communities compromising their rights by assisting the government, or is this a productive partnership? Has the election of Donald Trump changed the CVE discussion? Join us for a timely and important debate.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:00am

Libya occupies a sensitive position for the security of Arab and European neighbors, including many U.S. allies, and in managing the region’s destabilizing migration flows. The country’s fractious politics and armed insurgencies are depriving Libyans of security, basic services, and economic stability, and leave the country vulnerable to jihadi terrorism. The United Nations has proposed a road map for rethinking the embattled government of national accord and binding Libya’s rival parliaments and militia commander Khalifa Haftar into negotiation of a consensus path forward.

Event Type: Public Event
Event Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:30pm