May 13, 2015
Podcast Collection: Rethinking the Arab State - Spring 2015 MEI Study Group with Prof. Michael C. Hudson
By Michael C. Hudson, Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar, Middle East Initiative
Audio recordings from MEI's Spring 2015 Study Group Rethinking the Arab State: the Collapse of Legitimacy in Arab Politics, with Professor Michael C. Hudson.
During the Spring 2015 semester, Prof. Hudson hosted a distinguished group of scholars to re-examine the foundational concepts of legitimacy, the state, civil society, religion, and regional stability in the wake of the Arab Uprisings.
May 13, 2015
In this week's edition of PolicyCast, the HKS weekly podcast on public policy, politics, and global issues, host Matt Cadwallader sits down with former Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and Middle East scholar Paul Salem to discuss Tunisia’s relative success in establishing a stable democracy in the wake of the Arab Spring.
May 8, 2015
By Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.
May 6, 2015
An audio recording from Zaid Al-Ali, Senior Adviser on Constitution Building, International IDEA.
On April 22, 2015 at MEI, Zaid Al-Ali spoke on the negative consequences of Iraq's fraught constitution drafting process, as well as constitutional failure in Egypt and success in Tunisia following the Arab Spring.
May 5, 2015
By Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program
An audio recording from Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.
On April 29, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Stephen Walt assessed U.S. policy and interests in the Middle East, arguing that scaled back involvement might yield better results for the U.S. and the region.
April 28, 2015
Podcast: "Sudan: Learning from 30 Years of Islamist Revolution, Rule, and Reform" with Abdullahi An-Na'im
An audio recording from Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Professor of Law, Emory University Law School.
On April 27, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Abdullahi An-Na'im presented his perspective on Sudan’s struggle since Independence from colonial rule in 1956 to reconcile Islam, state and society in the modern context and the teachings of Sudanese Islamic reformer Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.
April 24, 2015
An audio recording from Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate and Professor, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut.
On March 31, 2015 at MEI, Dr. Yezid Sayigh examined the political legacy of Saddam Hussein's regime in ISIS' leadership structure and methods of control in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
April 20, 2015
John Steinbruner, a friend, colleague, and collaborator with the Belfer Center, died April 16 following a long battle with cancer. Steinbruner was an alumnus of the Center, having served as Assistant Director with the founding staff of what was then called the Program for Science and International Affairs.
April 17, 2015
Podcast: "Organized Chaos: How the Mediterranean Sea has Become the World's Most Lethal Migratory Route" with Philippe Fargues
An audio recording from Philippe Fargues, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies European University Institute (EUI).
On April 1, 2015 at MEI and the Center for European Studies Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group, Dr. Philippe Fargues assessed the humanitarian crisis of often deadly boat crossings in the Mediterranean Sea by migrants coming from North Africa and the Levant to Europe.
April 17, 2015
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” recorded on April 16, 2015, Nabil Fahmy, Former Foreign Minister of Egypt and Dean and Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), American University Cairo, discusses Egypt’s transitional process, public policy challenges, and foreign policy, including relations with Iran and intervention in Yemen.