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Middle East Dialogue:
 
A New Collective Vision
 
Friday, March 23, 2018
The Historic Whittemore House, Washington, DC
 
 
 
 
 
Preliminary List of Speakers
 
 
 
1. Understanding Qatar: We Lived There
Ambassador Mark Hambley, Next Century Foundation
Paul Rich, George Mason University
 
 
2. The Failed Arab Transition: What Went Wrong?
Radwan Ziadeh, Middle East Arab Center, Washington DC
 
 
3. Does ISIS Satisfy the Criteria for an Apocalyptic Religious Cult?
Diane L. Maye, Homeland Security & Global Conflict Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
 
 
4. The Middle East and Washington in a New Era
Ambassador Mark Hambley and William Morris, Next Century Foundation
 
 
Jihane Benamar & Harry Verhoeven, Georgetown University in Qatar
 
 

Middle East Dialogue 2017 Preliminary Program

 

    

Middle East Dialogue 2017: 
 
A New Collective Vision
 
Friday March 10, 20017 at the historic Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC
 
 
 
Preliminary Program:
 
 
*Please note while there are no breakfast or lunch breaks scheduled, food will be available throughout the day at no cost. There will be Kosher and Halal options
 
8 am Registration
 
 
9-9:50 am First Plenary - Auditorium
 
Moderator: Paul Rich, Policy Studies Organization
Discussant: Steve Shaulis, Central Asia Development Group
Afghanistan 2017: Hopes, Fears, and Probabilities
Paramount Chief Ajmal Khan of Afghanistan
 
 
10-10:50 am Second Plenary - Auditorium
 
Moderator: Paul Rich, Policy Studies Organization
A Strategy for the Implementation of the Reconciliation Process Between Israel and the Palestinians, Alon Ben-Meir - New York University 
 
 
11-12:10 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
 
1. Library
Moderator: William Morris, Next Century Foundation
 
An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan's Dictatorship
Alon Ben-Meir, New York University
David Phillips, Columbia University
 
 
2. 1870s Room
Moderator: Ambassador Mark Hambley, Next Century Foundation
 
Przemysław Osiewicz - Georgetown University
Amb. (ret'd) Gerald M. Feierstein - Middle East Institute
Barbara Slavin - Atlantic Council
 
 
3. Harriman Room
Moderator: Emily Dufton, The George Washington University 
Abir El Shaban - Washington State University
 
Stefanie Mitchell - American Military University

 
4. Past Presidents Room
Moderator: Guillermo De Los Reyes, University of Houston
 
 
 
12:20-1:30 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
 
5. Library
Moderator, Emily Dufton, The George Washington University
 
Amman: a 21st Century City
 
Betty Anderson - Boston University

Aseel Sawalha - Fordham University
 
Victoria Kelberer-McKee - Boston University
 
 
6. 1870s Room
Moderator: Christopher C. Hull, Issue Management, Inc
 
 
 
7. Harriman Room
Moderator: Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University
 
Angela Kahil, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon
 
Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran - Saint Louis University
 

1:40-2:50 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
 
8. Library
Moderator: Christopher C. Hull, Issue Management, Inc
 
Amel Mili - University of Pennsylvania
 
Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University

 
9. 1870s Room 
Moderator: Guillermo De Los Reyes, University of Houston
 
Michal L. Allon - Tel Aviv University
 
Josef Olmert - University of South Carolina
 
 
10. Harriman Room 
Moderator: Emily Dufton, The George Washington University
 
Emad Mohamed - Indiana University
 
 
 
8 pm: EVENING SESSION
Part of the Philosphical Society of Washington Lecture Series
 
11. John Wesley Powell Auditorium*
 
The Destruction of Antiquities in the Middle East and the Trade in Stolen History
Deborah Lehr, The Antiquities Coalition
 
 
*The John Wesley Powell Auditorium is adjacent to the Cosmos Club, 2170 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, 20008. It's a 10 minute walk from the Whittemore House. Entrance is through the Cosmos Club gate, which is the first right-hand entrance on Florida Avenue, north of the intersection with Massachusetts Avenue. The entrance to the Auditorium itself is to the left of the gate.
 

 
 
The Middle East Dialogue is for policy makers, scholars, business and social leaders, to discuss current issues. Its purpose is to promote multidisciplinary conversation about topics that include, but are not limited to education initiatives, social, economic and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women's gains and challenges, peace initiatives, and potential areas of conflict. We welcome a spectrum of political and religious persuasions to discuss issues in a spirit of tolerance and free discourse.
 
The Forum is co-chaired by Prof. Mohammed M. Aman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Editor-in-Chief of Digest of Middle East Studies(DOMES),and Prof. Paul Rich, President of the Policy Studies Organization. It is sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization, The University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeAmerican Public UniversityDOMES, the Next Century Foundation, and the Capital Communications Group. Other sponsors are invited and will be added.
 
Registration Information: 
The conference registration fee* is $200 for presenters and $250 for attendees. Checks can be mailed to the PSO at:
Policy Studies Organization
1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 349-9281; Fax (202) 483-2657
 
 
Arrangements can be made to waive the registration fee on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact Development and Programs Associate, Emily Dufton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Continuous refreshments, breakfast, and lunch, will be available for all those in attendance. There is no fee for students and guests of the PSO and its sponsors. 
 
 
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Middle East Dialogue 2015 Videos

 

Who is the Enemy? From Al Qaida to ISIS and Paris...
 
 
 A talk given by Alain Bauer
 
 
Religion and Islamic Movements
 
 
 
Islam in Morocco and Moroccan Islamic Movements
Najah Mahmi, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Morocco
 
Freedom in Islam in the Thought of Tarek al-Suwaidan
Bader Al-Saif, Georgetown University
 
Global Islamic Fundamentalism
Susmit Kumar, Kumar Consultancy
 
Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Carriers of Sectarianism?
Sarah Tobin, Brown University
 
 
Justice and Human Rights
 
 
Saudi Arabia at a Cross Road
Ali H. Alyami, Founder and Director, Washington-based Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, CDHR
 
Can Corporal Punishment Verses in the Qur'an be Reinterpreted to Counter Extremist Practices without Reneging on Rich Islamic Tradition?
Wayel Azmeh, Muslim Public Affairs Council
 
The Use and Abuse of Transitional Justice Norms in the Wake of the Arab Spring
Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
 
 
New Territories and the Arab Spring
 
 
The Diaspora of transformation: Islamism as case study
Baballah Mahmoud, University Abdelmalek Saadi
 
The "Arab Spring", Democracy and Religiosity: Is Tunisia an exception?
Hedi BenAicha, American Public University System
 
The Role of Social Meida in the Arab Spring: The Libyans Fall
Abir El Shaban, Washington State University
 
The Shi'a Crescent
Arash Reisinezhad, Florida International University
 
 
Food Security and Water Policy
 
 
Food Security and the Wheat Value Chain in the Middle East and North Africa
A panel with Ghada Ahmed, Danny Hamrick of Duke University
 
Water and War in the Modern Age: the Enduring Hydro-Politics of the Nile
Justin D. Leach, Troy University
 
 
Libya and Syria:
 
The Failings of Western Policy
 
 
A discussion with honored guests:
 
Siwar Al-Assad, Vice President, The United Nations Democratic Alliance and Director of Arab News Network and Al Alamia satellite television channels
 
Mark Hambley, United States Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon. Consul General, Alexandria and Jeddah. United States Envoy to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and the Special Negotiator for Climate Change (Kyoto)
 
William Morris, Secretary General, Next Century Foundation. Chair, International Council for Press & Broadcasting. Chair, Election Monitoring Commissions, Iraq. Former advisor, Sultanate of Oman, Liason for relief of Misrata, Libya, 2011, Labour candidate for Police Commissioner of England & Wales, 2012
 
 
Religious Conflicts in the Middle East:
 
Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
Warren Clark - Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace
Patrick Theros - US Ambassador to Qatar (1995-1998)
Rabbi Charles Feinberg - Adals Israel
Jonathan Brown - Georgetown University
Alon Ben-Mier - New York University
 
 
Islamic Extremism:
 
Causes Behind the Rise of Islamic Extremism and How to Address It
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
Siwar Al-Allad - The United Nations Democratic Alliance
Robert Worth - New York Times
Radwan Ziadeh - Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies
Alon Ben-Meir - New York University
 
 
International Relations
 
 
An Optimistic Possibility for the Future Middle East
Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University
 
Dynamics of Foreign Policy-Making China, with a Focus on the Middle East
Yiyi Chen, Center for Middle East Peace Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
 
Ethnocentrism and Negotiations in International Settings
Bagher Fardanesh, University of Maryland, R. H. Smith School of Business
 
 
Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
 
 
Intergroup Dialogue as a Just Dialogue: How to Avoid Normalization in Campus Dialogues
Diala Khalife, Adrienne Dessel and Hind Omar of the University of Michigan
 
Past and Present: The Role of Historic Narratives in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Josef Olmert, University of South Carolina
 
Installing Hope for Resolution in the Context of Intractable Intergroup Conflicts
Oded Adomi Leshem, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
 
 
Iran
 
 
Iran's Nuclear Program
Arash Reisinezhad, Florida International University
 
Surveying and Assessing Iran: Ideology, Proxies, and Technology in the 21st Century
Tony Rivera, Laboratory of Unconventional Conflict Analysis & Simulation
 
Lessons from Iran's System of Compensated Kidney Donation
Sigrid Fry-Revere, Stop Organ Trafficking Now!

Middle East Dialogue 2016 Preliminary Program

 

 
 
Middle East Dialogue 2016: 
New Hopes and Aspirations
Friday February 26, the historic Whittemore House
1526, New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC
 
 
 
 
 
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:
  
 
 
8:00 am Registration with Continental Breakfast
 
  
9:00 am Opening Keynote - Auditorium
 
Moderator: Ambassador Mark Hambley, Next Century Foundation 
Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States
 
 
 
10:10 - 11:25 am: BREAKOUT SESSIONS I (4 rooms)
 
 
1. International Relations: Library
Session chair: Cheryl Walker, Policy Studies Organization
 
Atefeh Baghi, Doshisha University - Kyoto, Japan
 
Susmit Kumar, Kumar Consultancy
 
Yiyi Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Shanghai, China
 
 
 
2. Oil in the Middle East: 1870s Room
Session chair: John G. Ingersoll, ECOCORP
 
Maha Aziz, Huffington Post / Wikistrat / New York University - New York, New York 
 
Robert Kuchinski, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Middle East Region) / Weatherford Oil
 
 
 
 
3. Israeli-Arab Conflict 1: Harriman Room
Session chair: Andrew Jung, American University
 
Barry Shapiro, Allegheny College - Meadville, Pennsylvania 
 
Josef Olmert, University of South Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina 
 
Oded Adomi Leshem, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia
 
 
 
4. Democracy: Blair Room
Session chair: William Morris, Next Century Foundation
 
Abir El Shaban, Washington State University - Pullman, Washington
 
Sahar Mohamed Khamis, University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
 
 
 
11:35 - 12:50 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS II (4 rooms)
  
 
5. Israeli-Arab Conflict 2: Library
Session chair: Mohammed M. Aman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
The Phased Implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative
Ambassadors William Morris and Mark Hambley, Next Century Foundation
 
 
 
6. Iran 1: 1870s Room
Session chair: Ivan S. Sheehan, University of Baltimore
 
Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University - St. Louis, Missouri 
 
Arash Reisinezhad, Florida International University - Miami, Florida
 
 
 
7. Extremism: Harriman Room
Session chair: Paul Hayes, Director of Debate, George Washington University
 
Session opened by The Lafayette Debates (Sponsored by the Embassy of France to the United States). Featuring debate speakers, Bailey Fischer-Columbo & Joseph Nelson, George Washington University Debate & Literary Society
 
 
Dorle Hellmuth, The Catholic University of America - Washington, D.C. 
 
Najah Mahmi Sidi, Mohamed Ben Abdellah University - Fez, Morocco and Nice-Sophia Antipolis University - Nice, France
 
 
 
1:00 - 2:20 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS III (4 rooms)
 
 
8. Gender 1: Library
Session chair: Cheryl Walker, Policy Studies Organization
 
Muddassir Quamar, Jawaharlal Nehru University - New Delhi, India 
 
Seyedehbehnaz Hosseini, University of Vienna - Vienna Austria
 
Thomas Martin, Pennsylvania State University - State College, Pennsylvania
 
 
 
9. Iran 2: 1870s Room
Session chair: Franklin Hockenbrocht, Policy Studies Organization
 
Náder Alyani, LLAKES Centre, UCL IOE, University College of London - London, England
Maryam Afzalabadi, Sharif University of Technology and Al Zahra University - Tehran, Iran
 
 
 
10. ISIS: Harriman Room
Session chair: Maha Aziz, Huffington Post, Wikistrat, New York University
 
Mark Silinsky, United States Army War College - Carlisle, Pennsylvania 
 
Wayel Azmeh, University of Dayton - Dayton, Ohio
 
Abdelhak Jebbar, Sultan Moulay Slimane University - Beni Mellal, Morocco 
 
 
 
11. Culture 1: Blair Room
Session chair: David Sollenberger, Catholic University
 
Sarah Kincaid, George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia  
 
Sabith Khan, Founder of MENASA / Visiting Research at Georgetown University
 
 
 
2:30 - 3:45 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS IV (4 rooms)
 
 
12. Yemen: Library
Session chair: Ambassador William Morris, Next Century Foundation

Yemen: Some Misconceptions About an Unnecessary War
Ambassadors Mark Hambley, Next Century Foundation
 
 
 
13. Crisis in the Middle East: 1870s Room
Session chair: Mohammed M. Aman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
Sarah A. Tobin, Brown University - Providence, Rhode Island 
 
Lawrence Davidson, West Chester University - West Chester, Pennsylvania  
 
Radwan Ziadeh, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS), Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)
 
 
 
14. Gender 2: Harriman Room
Session chair: Andrew Jung, American University
 
Adina Friedman, George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia 
 
Amel Mili, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
 
 
 
15. Culture 2: Blair Room
Session chair: David Sollenberger, Catholic University
 
Eman Bukhari, Cultural Program Developer, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 
 
Caroline Boules, George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia
 
 
 
3:55 - 5:10 pm: BREAKOUT SESSIONS V (3 rooms)
 
 
16. International Relations 2: Library
Session chair: Andrew Jung, American University
 
Bagher Fardanesh, R.H. Smith School of Businnes, University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
 
Robert Mason, British University in Egypt - Cairo, Egypt
 
Ray Matsumiya, The University of the Middle East Project
 
 
 
17. Democracy in Egypt: 1870s Room
Session chair: Franklin Hockenbrocht, Policy Studies Organization
 
Mohamed Elgohari and Elissa Miller, Atlantic Council
 
 
 
 

Middle East Dialogue 2016 Videos

 

Oil in the Middle East
 
 
 A discussion with honored guests... 
 
 
ISIS and Saudi Arabia's Predicted Oil Crisis
Maha Aziz - Huffington Post / Wikistrat / New York University - New York, New York
 
The Myth of Running Out of Oil in the Middle East
Robert Kuchinski - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Middle East Region) / Weatherford Oil The Struggle for Political and Economic
 
Development in a Petro-State: Making Strategic Budgetary Choices in Conflict-Ridden Iraq
James D. Savage- University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Virginia

 

 

 
Israeli Arab Conflict

 

 

 A discussion with honored guests... 
 
 
 
The Phased Implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative Ambassadors William Morris and Mark Hambley - Next Century Foundation
 
 
 
Extremism

 

 
  A discussion with honored guests...
 
 
 
Session opened by The Lafayette Debates (Sponsored by the Embassy of France to the United States). Featuring debate speakers, Bailey Fischer-Columbo & Joseph Nelson, George Washington University Debate & Literary Society Foreign Fighter Radicalization: It's Not Just about God, Politics, or the Economy, Stupid Dorle Hellmuth - The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Islamists' Introvert Legacies Najah Mahmi Sidi - Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco and Nice-Sophia Antipolis University in Nice, France
 
 
 
ISIS
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
 
 
The Caliphate's Foreign Legion - What will happen to it? Mark Silinsky - United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania Some Misconceptions about the Caliphate in Islam
Wayel Azmeh - University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio
  
The Inevitability and Absoluteness of the Islamic State: One Belief - Different Concretizations
Abdelhak Jebbar - Sultan Moulay Slimane University -in Beni Mellal, Morocco.
 
 
 
Yemen
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
 
 
Yemen: Some Misconceptions About an Unnecessary War Ambassador Mark Hambley - Next Century Foundation
 
 
 
Crisis in the Middle East
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
 
 
Reflections on Hopes and Aspirations in the Middle East Lawrence Davidson - West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania
 
 
 
Culture
 
 
A discussion with honored guests...
 
 
 
New Strategies for Community Development and Democratic Participation among Arab-Americans
Sabith Khan - Founder of MENASA / Visiting Research at Georgetown University
 
Exploring Civic Leadership amoung Young Tunisians: Inviting Despair, Creating Hope
Sarah Kincaid - George Mason University - Fairfax, Virginia
 
 

 

International Relations

 

 

 A discussion with honored guests... 

 

UAE Foreign Policy and the 'Influential Model': Economy, Alliances and Soft Power in the Modern Middle East
Robert Mason - British University in Egypt in Cairo, Egypt

 

 

 

Democracy in Egypt

 

 

 A discussion with honored guests... 

 

Egypt's State-Society Dynamics and the Necessity for a New Social Contract

Mohamed Elgohari and Elissa Miller - Atlantic Council