Here you can find video and audio recordings of Middle East Initiative events.
December 3, 2013
An audio recording of a talk by Hussein Banai, Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, on October 28, 2013 at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.
October 10, 2013
Podcast: "Revolutions, Constitutions and Counter-revolutions: A Middle East Update" with Rami Khouri
An audio recording of a talk by Rami Khouri, Director, Issam-Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, on October 9, 2013 at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.
September 26, 2013
On Wednesday, September 11, Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani (the Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative) led the introductory seminar to the fall 2013 seminar series. The series will focus throughout the fall on countries in the Middle East that have experienced uprisings and revolutions and how they confront serious economic challenges, old ones inherited from the past and new ones created by the uprising itself. They face the need to stabilize their economies at a time when revolutions have raised expectations for redistribution and jobs. At the same time they have to deal with the almost contradictory demands for radical change to economic structures that had given rise to inequality, unemployment and poverty, the very circumstances that had brought the revolutions in the first place. This seminar aims to illuminate the politics and economics of these choices, as well as the experience of actual transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.
September 24, 2013
An audio recording from Monday, September 9, when the Middle East Initiative (MEI) hosted Fateh Azzam, former Regional Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights for the Middle East, as part of its MEI Speaker Series. Mr. Azzam discussed a study recently published by the American University in Beirut's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy. The study analyzed the human rights issues raised at the Universal Periodic Review of 10 Arab States and their acceptance and rejection of recommendations made by the Human Rights Council.
May 13, 2013
On Monday, May 6, the Middle East Initiative hosted a panel discussion addressing the most pressing concerns in the deepening, unabated Syrian crisis that has plagued the country since March of 2011. Moderated by Hilary Rantisi, Director of the Middle East Initiative, the panelists addressed the political, economic and humanitarian consequences of the violence in Syria, as well as the responses and responsibilities of the global community.
May 7, 2013
The Middle East Initiative hosted Professor Ellis Goldberg for a lecture on May 1, 2013 to discuss sectarian violence in Egypt. Professor Goldberg is currently the Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a professor of political science at the University of Washington.
April 18, 2013
An audio recording of a conversation with Reza Aslan, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions and founder of AslanMedia.com, on April 4, 2013. This event will be moderated by Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
April 18, 2013
An audio recording of a talk by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, on his new book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, at MEI on April 10, 2013.
November 17, 2011
Veteran investigative journalists Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz addressed a seminar of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard Kennedy School on Nov. 15 on what they found during their years of research into the U.S. hunt for nuclear traffickers. Here are links to two podcast recordings from that event -- their remarks to the seminar, and the question-and-answer session with the audience, which included fellows from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School.
November 2, 2011
Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, top international security reporters for the New York Times, spoke at a public seminar at the Harvard Kennedy School on Oct. 24 about their reporting on the secret campaign to pursue Al Qaeda since 9/11.
The event was jointly hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. The co-moderators were Stephen M. Walt, faculty chair of the International Security Program, and Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center (and a former New York Times reporter), who introduced them.