American Universities in the Middle East: Agents of Change in the Arab World

Speaker: David Arnold
Speaker: Joseph G. Jabbra
Speaker: Winfred L. Thompson
Speaker: John Waterbury
Presider: Lee C. Bollinger

Please join these university presidents as they discuss the importance and value of American-style liberal arts education in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf, and how it can work to create social change in the Arab world.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Meeting

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Reflections on Citizen Revolt in the Middle East

Panelist: Rima Afifi
Panelist: Rami Khouri
Panelist: Karim Makdisi
Panelist: Rami Zurayk
Presider: Leslie H. Gelb
Introductory Speaker: Peter Dorman

Join us for a conversation with scholars from the American University of Beirut who will discuss the uprisings in the Middle East and what they mean for ordinary citizens in the region.

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International Competitiveness and Education: A Conversation with Arne Duncan

Speaker: Arne Duncan
Presider: John DeGioia

Recent studies have concluded that the United States continues to fall behind other countries in student achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Please join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the future of U.S. education policy and its implications for international competitiveness and national security.


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U.S. Education Reform and National Security: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelist: Joel I. Klein
Panelist: Margaret Spellings
Presider: Jon Meacham

Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer comprehensive analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a group of high-level experts.

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security is part of CFR's Renewing America initiative and asserts that fixing the nation's underperforming education system is critical for strengthening the country's security and increasing its economic competitiveness. The report offers guidance to policymakers and others on education reforms that will transform K-12 public school systems to ensure America's economic and political growth and security. The Task Force is chaired by Joel I. Klein and Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security adviser. It is directed by Julia Levy, former director of communications for the New York City Department of Education.

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Education Will Foster Demand For International Journalism

Interview of: James O. Goldsborough

As part of the Edward R. Murrow 60th Anniversary initiative current and former fellows discuss the stories that have had the most impact and present ideas for sustaining serious international journalism. Former fellow James Goldsborough talks about the backlash of the Vietnam War felt in Western Europe and declares education as a way to foster demand for international journalism. For more on the initiative, visit

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Must Read

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Qatar Sets Its Own Terms for U.S. Universities

Author: Ursula Lindsey

"'How do you transform into a nation without also transforming the traditional, monarchical, patriarchal system?' [historian Allen Fromherz] asks. As the small but natural-gas-rich country emerges onto the world's stage, this and other questions are unavoidable: Are the American universities actors in the country's future or merely props? Can they teach students to think critically about the contradictions and changes in Qatar while under the patronage of its ruling family?"

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Must Read Author: Megan McArdle

Megan McArdle examines whether college is a worthwhile investment in a time when the rising costs are leaving parents and students with large amounts of debt and college degrees no longer guarantee a job after graduation.

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