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MED2015 Speakers and Topics

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Middle East Dialogue 2015: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future
Thursday February 26th
Historic Whittemore House, Dupont Circle
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington DC 
Below you will find a list of speakers who presented at the Middle East Dialouge 2015: Please click on the titles to browse the abstracts of each topic. 

Who is the Enemy? From Al Qaida to ISIS and Paris...
A talk given by Alain Bauer

President of the French National Strategic Research Council to the President, Professor of Criminology at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, Senior research Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and the University of Law and Political Science of China in Beijing
Alon Ben Meir- Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University. Columnist, Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post. Author Middle East: Imperative and Choices, In Defiance of Time: Framework for Arab-Israeli Peace, A War We Must Win, Iraq Divided
Panel Sessions:
Libya and Syria: The Failings of Western Policy
Siwar Al-Assad- Vice President, United Nationals Democratic Alliance and Director of Arab News Netword and Al Alamia satellite television channels
Mark HambleyUnited States Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon. Consul General, Alexandria and Jeddah. United States Envoy to the United Nations Commision on Sustainable Development, and the Special Negotiator for Climate Change (Kyoto)
William MorrisSecretary General, Next Century Foundation. Chair, the International Council for Press and Broadcasting. Chair, Election Monitoring Commissions, Iraq. Formerly adviser, Sultanate of Oman, Liaison for relief of Misrata, Libya, 2011, Labour candidate for Police Commissioner of England and Wales, 2012
Causes Behind the Rise of Islamic Extremism and How to Address It 
A discussion led by Alon Ben Meir with:
Fred HofSenior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Former special advisor for transition in Syria at US Department of State.
Robert F. Worth- Middle East Correspondent, New York Times
Radwan Ziadeh- Director and Co-Founder, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies. Visiting Scholar at Lehigh University, and Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) in Washington D.C.
Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict- Warren Clark, Executive Driector, Churches for Middle East Peace, Patrick Theros, US Ambassador to Qatar (1995-1998), Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel, Johnathan Brown, Georgetown, and Alon Ben Meir, New York University
Food Security and the Wheat Value Chain in the Middle East and North Africa- A panel with Ghada Ahmed, Danny Hamrick and Gary Gereffi, of Duke University
Suicide Terrorism: Competing Explanations and Policy Implications- Ivan Sascha Sheehan, University of Baltimore and David V. Sheehan, (Professor Emeritus) University of South Florida 

Saudi Arabia at a Cross Road- 
Ali Alyami, Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ali Alyami is a native of Saudi Arabia and the founder and director of the Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, CDHR
Intergroup Dialogue as a Just Dialogue: How to Avoid Normalization in Campus Dialogues- Diala Khalife, University of Michigan and Adrienne Dessel Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Dynamics of Foreign Policy-Making in China, with a Focus on the Middle East- Yiyi Chen, Center for Middle East Peace Studies Shanghai Jiao Tong University
An Optimistic Possibility for the Future Middle East- Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University
Ethnocentrism and Negotiations in International Settings- Bagher Fardanesh, University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business
Lessons from Iran's System of Compensated Kidney Donation- Sigrid Frye-Revere, American Living Organ Donor Fund
The Onymic War in Syria: What Names for the New Landscape?- Jack Keilo, Université Paris IV Sorbonne
Global Islamic Fundamentalism- Susmit Kumar, Kumar Consultancy
Instilling Hope for Resolution in the Context of Intractable Intergroup Conflicts- Oded Adomi Leshem, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
The Diaspora of transformation: Islamism as case study- Baballah Mahmoud, University Abdelmalek Saadi
Islams in Morocco and Moroccan Islamic Movements- Najah Mahmi, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morroco
The Status of Entrepreneurship in Iran: Opportunities and Obstacles- Leila Piran, George Mason University and Azadeh Tajdar, ECAS Consulting Ltd.
The Shi'a Crescent- Arash Reisinezhad, Florida International University
Iran's Nuclear Program- Arash Reisinezhad, Florida International University
Surveying and Assessing Iran: Ideology, Proxies, and Technology in the 21st Century- Tony Rivera, Laboratory for Unconvential Conflict Analysis & Simulation
Freedom in Islam in the Thought of Tarek al-Suwaidan- Bader Al-Saif, Georgetown University
The Egyptian Constitutions of 2012 and 2014: a Comparative Analysis- Anja Schoeller-Schletter, Independent Researcher and former Max-Planck Fellow
The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring: The Libyans Fall- Abir El Shaban, Washington State University
Dialectic Between the States in Middle East and Army Groups- Haoues Taguia, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
The Use and Abuse of Transitional Justice Norms in the Wake of the Arab Spring- Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, University of Arkansas at Little Rock