Jeff Murray, Thursday, January 18, 2018

“How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Uses Innovation to Accelerate Equity in Low and Middle Income Countries” Watch this program! Jeff Murray, M.D, is Deputy Director of Family Health in the Discovery and Translational Sciences for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, he is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics, and […]

Juan R.I. Cole, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“The New Arabs: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East” Watch This Program! Juan R. I. Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. in History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University, his M.A. in Arabic Studies / History from American University in […]

Karim Abdel-Malek, Thursday March 30, 2017

“Jordan: People, Culture, Challenges” Watch this program As a native from Jordan, Karim will share his experience growing up in the capital city of Amman. Jordan has historically been a strong ally of the US. Situated in the center of the Middle East’s many conflicts, bordering countries with significant turmoil, Jordan has accepted over one […]

Maria Filippone, Thursday February 9, 2017

“Gaza: To Exist is to Resist” Watch this program Gaza, often referred to as the Gaza Strip, is a narrow piece of land approximately 24 miles long and four to seven miles wide. This home to 1.85 million persons is bound by a border closure by Egypt to the south, Israel to the west, and […]

Elizabeth Onasch, Wednesday January, 18th, 2017

“Excluded by Definition: Representations of Immigrants in the French Civic Integration” Watch this program France established the “Reception and Integration Contract” for non-European migrants in the context of a perceived crisis of integration and a rise in right-wing populism. While the official purpose of this civic integration program is to facilitate migrants’ entry into society […]

Moe Shakally, Thursday December 1, 2016

“Bullets and Bombs: The Background Music for an Average Day in Damascus, Syria” Watch this program As the Syrian civil war continues, the average Syrian person is dehumanized to a number, a casualty, or a cost on a neighboring state. While the media has mainly been focused on the outflow of refugees, little is known […]

Janice Weiner, Wednesday November 16, 2016

“The Sad State of Turkish Democracy: Why We Should Care” Watch this program Just a few short years ago, Turkey was viewed as an anchor of stability in the Middle East, a situation that is now changing rapidly. Following coups in 1960, 1971, and 1980, a new constitution designed to bring democracy and stability was […]

Janine di Giovanni, Thursday September 29, 2016

“The Human Face of Middle East Refugee Crisis” Watch this program Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor of Newsweek, contributing editor of Vanity Fair and contributor to The New York Times and The Guardian, is one of Europe’s most respected and experienced reporters, with vast experience covering war and conflict. Her reporting has been called “established, accomplished […]

Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016

“Iowa, Heroin, and Afghanistan” Watch this program This presentation will focus on the connection between U.S counter-narcotics policy, the deteriorating rule of law situation in Afghanistan, and Iowa’s surge in opioid and heroin abuse. Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador in Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  Ron has […]

Abdulaziz Al-Hussan, Tuesday February 16, 2016

“The Need for International Exposure to Human Rights Abuses in Saudi Arabia” Watch this program Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Hussan is a lawyer and reformist born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In late 2011, following the Arab Spring, Al-Hussan represented the cases of political detainees and spoke out against government injustices via Twitter. After threat of travel […]

James D. Fielder, Wednesday November 4, 2015

“Putting Theory into Practice: Applying Political Science To Afghanistan Operations” Watch this program In this presentation, Lieutenant Colonel James Fielder, USAF discusses how he applied two political science models to respectively improve Afghan Air Force communications and to forecast the 2014 Afghan Presidential election outcome, the latter which drove force protection decisions for fellow Airmen […]

Ahmed Souaiaia, Wednesday October 28, 2015

“Genealogy & Ideology of ISIL & its Future” Watch this program The organization known today simply as the “Islamic State” has historical and ideological roots that go beyond the territories it now controls. These deep roots give ISIL confidence that it will succeed but give others reason that it will fail. Mixing a puritan religious […]

Ari Ariel, Thursday, April 9, 2015

“Illustrating Impacts of Foods on Identities & Migration: The Hummus Wars” Watch this program Some Middle Eastern nations are bringing the classic concept of ‘food fights’ to a new level—the Guinness World Records have inspired intense competition to craft the world’s largest dish of hummus, attempts have been made to trademark this Levantine delicacy which has captured […]

Anthony Sudarmawan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Why We Should Care About Foreign Fighters and Paramilitary in the  Middle East” Watch this program Why should we care about foreign fighters and paramilitary forces in the Middle East? People tend to overlook the rationality behind the reasons why the number of foreign fighters and paramilitary forces has been increasing significantly in the last few years. […]

Christopher Merrill, May 7, 2014

“Reading Walt Whitman in Tehran” Watch this program here Christopher Merrill will discuss the University of Iowa’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which he co-developed with Whitman scholar and Roy J. Carver Professor of English Ed Folsom. The course covered Walt Whitman’s famous poem, Song of Myself, and ran for six weeks. In addition, Christopher […]

Adrien Wing, April 17, 2014

“Women’s Rights in Egypt After the Arab Spring”  Watch this program here In 2010, the small North African country of Tunisia received global attention when its citizens managed to overthrow their authoritarian government. The turmoil quickly spread to neighboring countries, resulting in massive protests and demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East. In Egypt, long-time […]

Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013

“40th Anniversary:The 1973 Oil Embargo and its Aftermath” Watch the program here. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis or “shock.” The shock is mainly remembered for the Arab oil embargo imposed in the fall of 1973, but there were underlying structural problems within the oil industry that turned the embargo into a […]

Vicki Hesli Claypool, November 6, 2013

“Egypt’s Revolution & Regional Dynamic: Current Status?” Watch the program here. Recently eyes have been turned to the Middle East. Not just the recent Arab Spring, but also the revolts in Egypt have people more interested in that part of the world. Since Mohamed Morsi was removed as president by the Army Chief General, Abdul […]

Jim Leach, October 24, 2013

“What is Old, New, and Unprecedented in America’s Relationships with the World” Watch the program here. Jim Leach will address the United States’ relationships with key countries in the context of a global setting in which weapons of mass destruction have proliferated and terrorism has been globalized. Such countries include: Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and North […]

Robert Naiman, May 2, 2013

“A Critique of the U.S. Drone Strike Policy” Watch the program here. Since the beginning of the War on Terror, the U.S. has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to remotely target enemy militants. In recent years these attacks have escalated; hundreds of non-combatants have died in countries which are not formally at war with the […]