March 17, 2015
In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” recorded on March 10, 2015, Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics, discusses themes in her lecture in the Spring 2015 study group Rethinking the Arab State, led by Professor Michael C. Hudson, titled “Not So Good to be King: the Saudi Monarchy at Crossroads”.
March 16, 2015
An audio recording from Yossi Alpher, former director, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University.
On March 11, 2015 at MEI, Yossi Alpher presented his newest book Periphery: Israel's Search for Middle East Allies on the history of a little known Israeli foreign policy doctrine and gave his thoughts on Netanyahu's speech before Congress.
March 12, 2015
An audio recording from Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Associate Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
On March 4, 2015 at MEI, Elizabeth Prodromou presented her research on Turkey's Christian minority and how the use of secularism and Islamism in creating national identity has impacted religious freedoms in Turkey.
March 9, 2015
A video recording from the John F. Kennedy, Jr. forum from February 26, 2015, when The Honorable Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Minister of Tunisia, delivered a public address at Harvard Kennedy School on the process of transforming Tunisia into a democracy.
March 6, 2015
An audio recording from Thanassis Cambanis, Fellow, The Century Foundation, New York, on his new book Once Upon a Revolution.
On January 28, 2015 at MEI, Thanassis Cambanis presented his new book Once Upon a Revolution, which follows two Egyptian revolutionaries from early 2011 up to the present day and gave his assessment of Egypt's Revolution four years on.
March 3, 2015
An audio recording from Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma.
On March 3, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Samer Shehata assessed the role of the military and pre-2011 regime figures in Egypt's political transition from authoritarianism to apparent democratic opening, and now back to a military-backed authoritarian government, to ask how useful the term 'Deep State' is to understanding Egypt's politics.
March 3, 2015
An audio recording from Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma and Michael C. Hudson, MEI Visiting Scholar, Spring 2015.
On March 3, 2015 at MEI, Professors Samer Shehata and Michael C. Hudson sat down to discuss the themes in Dr. Shehata's upcoming lecture in the Spring 2015 study group Rethinking the Arab State, led by Dr. Hudson, titled "The Resurgence of Egypt's 'Deep State'?"
March 3, 2015
"The failures of Arab countries to convert the openings of the Arab Spring into genuine democratic moments will no doubt give ballast to those who argue that the region’s democratic prospects are hampered by culture or religion. Nationally representative surveys of Arabs show them to hold a complicated mix of admiration for democratic governance and acceptance of the military’s role in civilian life."
Harvard Kennedy School MPP students Léa Steinacker, Julia Stern, and Olivia Zetter traveled to Washington D.C. in February to attend part of the first-ever White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Three years after the release of President Obama’s national security strategy on domestic CVE, the event brought together practitioners from local, national, and foreign governments, academia, and the private sector, to share best practices on community-based approaches. The Kennedy School students were recommended for the summit by Farah Pandith, Belfer Center senior fellow, who served previously as the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities, appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
February 25, 2015
By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
On February 18–20, 2015, twenty-four experts gathered in Berlin to explore approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed—with a focus on the social sciences (economics, political science, policy studies). Participants discussed potential reforms in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and also the development of assessment processes complementary to the IPCC.