Here you can find video and audio recordings of Middle East Initiative events.
December 10, 2014
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” Dr. Abbas Al-Mejren, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative and Professor of Economics at Kuwait University, discusses economic development plans in Kuwait and Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including poverty alleviation and rationalizing subsidies.
November 19, 2014
By Ishac Diwan, Research Affiliate, Middle East Initiative
An audio recording from Ishac Diwan, Distinguished Chair in Arab World Studies at Paris Sciences et Lettres, Visiting Researcher at Universite Dauphine and Paris School of Economics, and MEI Research Affiliate.
On November 19, 2014 at MEI, Professor Diwan presented his findings from analysis of the sixth wave of the World Values Survey, focusing on the Arab World and specifically on Arab Youth.
November 18, 2014
An audio recording from His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States (2005-2007) and former Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate (1977-2001).
On November 18, 2014 Prince Turki spoke on regional instability and forces at work in the region, including power politics, energy markets, violent extremism, and theological divides, in a public address moderated by Kennedy School professor Nicholas Burns.
November 13, 2014
An audio recording from Prof. Gregory Gause, John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair in International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.
On November 13, 2014, Professor Gause outlined an incisive new framework for understanding Middle East regional politics, casting regional power dynamics as a "New Cold War", in a talk moderated by Kennedy School Professor Tarek Masoud.
October 30, 2014
An audio recording from Robert S. Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014) and Algeria (2006-2008). He is currently a resident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and teaches at Johns Hopkins University on Middle East politics.
On October 29, 2014 at MEI, Ambassador Ford reflected on his 4˝ years working for the U.S. Mission in Iraq and 3 years working on Syria, in a talk moderated by Kennedy School professor and former State Department colleague Nicholas Burns.
October 29, 2014
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” Ambassador Robert Ford, former United States Ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014 and Algeria from 2006 to 2008, discusses his experiences with the State Department in Iraq and Syria, US strategy in the Syrian Civil War, and Syria's future.
October 23, 2014
A video of the panel discussion on ISIS, hosted by the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, on October 23, 2014. NPR International Correspondent Deborah Amos and HLS Professor Noah Feldman discussed the extremist group's rapid rise, unique characteristics, and ideological and logistical background in a panel moderated by ILSP Co-Director and HLS Professor Kristen Stilt.
October 22, 2014
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” Marwan Muasher, Vice President of Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Jordanian Ambassador to the United States, discusses pluralism and democracy in the Middle East and his long term vision for political, economic, and cultural transformation in the Arab World.
October 22, 2014
An audio recording from Ambassador Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies and Director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Jordanian Ambassador to the United States.
On October 22, 2014 at MEI, Ambassador Muasher looked back over four years of popular uprisings in the Arab World and took stock of the hope for transition to genuine stability, prosperity, and democracy and tools necessary to do the job.
October 20, 2014
An audio recording from Rola el-Husseini, Research Associate Professor at the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon.
On October 20, 2014 at MEI, Dr. el-Husseini spoke on her research in Lebanon and Syria and those countries' tangled shared political history in a talk titled after her 2012 book, "Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon." After presenting this material, Dr. el-Husseini delved into current events and her research on Lebanese social and political life amidst the upheaval of the Syrian Civil War and the rise of ISIS.