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Middle East Institute 2015 Annual Conference

November 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Middle East Institute will host its 69th Annual Conference on Friday, November 13 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together prominent Middle Eastern and American experts and foreign policy practitioners to delve into the many questions and challenges that face the region during this period of unprecedented change. Experts from across the region and the U.S. will examine Middle Eastern states’ pursuit of security out of the current disorder, the policy imperatives that will confront the next U.S. president, strategies for empowerment, inclusion, and equity in Arab societies, and the trends and channels in which youth are challenging the societal and political order.

Registration is free for the all day conference. Sign up today!



8:15AM- Registration Opens

8:45AM- Opening Remarks

9:00AM- 10:30PM- PANEL 1: Obama’s Mideast Legacy and the Next Administration
Philip Gordon
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Michael Singh
Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Tamara Cofman Wittes
Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Robin Wright
Contributing Writer, The New Yorker, and Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Elise Labott (Moderator)
Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN

10:30AM-10:45AM- Coffee Break

10:45AM- 12:15PM- PANEL 2: Turkey, Iran, and the Gulf States: The Challenges of Rebuilding Regional Stability
Abdulkhaleq Abdulla
Retired Professor of Political Science, Emirates University
Jamal Khashoggi
General Manager and Editor in Chief, Al Arab News Channel
Payam Mohseni
Iran Project Director and Fellow for Iran Studies, Harvard Belfer Center
Gönül Tol
Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute
Yochi Dreazen (Moderator)
Managing Editor for News, Foreign Policy

12:15PM-1:30PM- Annual Keynote Luncheon: Syrian Voices, Policy Choices

1:30PM- 3:00PM- PANEL 3: Towards Human Empowerment, Social Inclusion, and Political Order
Amatalalim Alsoswa
Former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations and Former Yemeni Cabinet Minister
Hedi Larbi
Former Tunisian Cabinet Minister and Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Belfer Center
Hassan Mneimneh
Scholar, The Middle East Institute; Principal, Middle East Alternatives; and Contributing Editor, Fikra Forum
Paul Salem
Vice President for Policy and Research, The Middle East Institute
Daniel Serwer (Moderator)
Professor of Conflict Management and Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations,Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Fellow, The Middle East Institute

3:00PM-3:30PM- Coffee Break

3:30PM-5:00PM- PANEL 4: Activists Challenging the Status Quo
Ibrahim Al-Assil
President, Syrian Nonviolence Movement and Program Officer, The Middle East Institute
Fahad Albutairi
Saudi Stand Up Comedian and Founder, Telfaz 11
Ahmed Benchemsi
Founder and Editor, FreeArabs.com and Advocacy and Communications Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Nadia Oweidat
Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Zeina Azzam (Moderator)
Executive Director, The Jerusalem Fund and The Palestine Center

5:00PM- Closing Remarks



November 13, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Capital Hilton Hotel
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