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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 
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

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
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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