Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

MEI Conference & Panel: Syria’s Long Term Humanitarian & Development Challenges

November 16, 2016 @ 3:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Middle East Institute’s 70th Annual Conference will convene prominent Middle Eastern and American experts and foreign policy practitioners for four panel conversations covering the prevailing challenges facing the new U.S. administration as it sets its Middle East agenda.

Conference Agenda

8:30am | Arrival and Registration

8:50am | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Amb. Wendy Chamberlin
President, Middle East Institute

9:00am-10:30am | Panel 1- After the Elections: Reassessing U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Mary Beth Long

Senior Associate, M B Long & Associates, PLLC; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Defense of Democracies; Co-Chair, Middle East Committee, John Hay Initiative
Ambassador (ret.) Thomas R. Pickering
Vice Chairman, Hills & Co.
Elizabeth Schrayer
President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
James Zogby
President, Arab-American Institute
Indira Lakshmanan (Moderator)
Foreign Policy Correspondent

10:30am-10:45am | Coffee Break

10:45am- 12:15pm | Panel 2- Rebuilding Alliances, Containing Adversaries
HRH Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud

Former Head of the Saudi Internal Security Service and Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the United States
Eliot A. Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Nabil Fahmy
Former Egyptian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States
Mohsen Milani
Executive Director, Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, University of South Florida
Deborah Amos (Moderator)
Correspondent, National Public Radio

12:15pm- 2:15pm | Luncheon: Diagnosing Democracy with Dr. Bassem Youssef(Ticket required. For more information, click here)
Dr. Bassem Youssef
Egyptian Satirist
David Litt (Moderator)
Head Writer and Producer for Funny or Die, Washington D.C. and Former Obama Presidential Speechwriter

3:30pm- 5:00pm | Panel 4- Syria’s Long-Term Humanitarian and Development Challenges
Abdullah Al Dardari

Deputy Executive Secretary-Programme, UNESCWA
Lina Sergie Attar
Co-founder & CEO, Karam Foundation
Shantayanan Devarajan
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank
Juliette Tolay
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Penn State Harrisburg
Barbara Plett Usher (Moderator)
BBC State Department Correspondent


November 16, 2016
3:30 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:


Middle East Institute


Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
+ Google Map
(202) 393-1000