Middle Eastern Studies Roundtable Series

Staff: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
May 2009 - Present

Conflict in the Middle East has been near the top of the American foreign policy agenda for a half century. Through discussions with academic experts and especially with current and former government officials, this roundtable series aims to inform the debate surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as other challenges facing the region. These roundtables discuss developments in the region and the goals and impact of U.S. actions, with an eye to deepening understanding of the Middle East and analyzing how to make U.S. foreign policy more effective.

Meetings

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Regional Challenges and Opportunities: The View from Saudi Arabia and Israel

Speakers Anwar Eshki

Chairman, Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

, Dore Gold

President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 


Presider Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

June 4, 2015

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Jordan and Developments in the Region

Speakers Fayez TarawnehChief of the Royal Hashemite Court, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
July 1, 2013

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A Conversation with Dani Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy for the Yesha Council of the Israeli Settlement Movement

Speaker Dani DayanChief Foreign Envoy for the Yesha Council of the Israeli Settlement Movement
Presiders Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Robert M. DaninEni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 25, 2013

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Gulf Security in a Changing Middle East

Speaker H.E. Yousef Al OtaibaAmbassador to the United States, United Arab Emirates
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 27, 2013

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Israel, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East

Speaker Matthew GouldAmbassador to Israel, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 6, 2013

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Israel's Security Challenges

Speaker Amos YadlinDirector, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 8, 2013

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Is There an Islamist Road to Democracy?

Speakers Robert SatloffExecutive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policies, Reuel GerechtSenior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 31, 2012

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The UK, the Arab Spring, and the New Middle East

Speaker Malcolm RifkindChairman, Intelligence and Security Committee, British Parliament
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 23, 2012

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Where Is China Heading on Tibet?

Speaker Lodi GyariSpecial Envoy to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 23, 2012

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Morocco and the Arab Spring

Speaker His Excellency Rachad BouhlalAmbassador, Kingdom of Morocco
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 13, 2012

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UNESCO, Palestine, and the UN System

Speaker Irina Bokova

Director General, UNESCO


Presiders Stewart M. Patrick

Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations

, Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

December 16, 2011

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Tunisia's Challenge: A Conversation with Rashed Ghannouchi

Speaker Rashed GhannouchiCo-founder, Ennahda Movement
Presider Elliott AbramsSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2011

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Dan Schueftan on Israel and the Palestinians

Speaker Dan SchueftanUniversity of Haifa
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 26, 2011

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Israel and the UN: A Conversation with Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor

Speaker His Excellency Ron ProsorIsraeli Ambassador to the United Nations
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 17, 2011

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A Conversation with Ambassador Yaacov Amitai

Speaker Ambassador Yaacov AmitaiIncoming Israeli Ambassador to Egypt
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 14, 2011

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The Crisis In Syria

Speakers Ammar AbdulhamidTharwa Foundation, Radwan ZiadehGeorge Washington University, Amr Al-AzmShawnee State University
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
July 20, 2011

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Peace and the Peace Process: A Conversation with Shalom Tourgeman

Speaker Shalom TourgemanInterdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2010

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The Situation in Lebanon and Its Consequences for the Region

Speaker Terje Rød-LarsenInternational Peace Institute
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2010

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Lebanon and Syria Update

Speakers Lee SmithThe Weekly Standard, Andrew TablerWashington Institute for Near East Policy, Mona YacoubianUnited States Institute of Peace
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2010

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The Friends of Israel Initiative

Speakers H.E. José María AznarFormer President of the Government of Spain, H.E. Alejandro ToledoFormer President of the Republic of Peru, Andrew RobertsHistorian and Writer
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 15, 2010

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Israel and the UN

Speaker H.E. Gabriela ShalevFormer Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 13, 2010

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A Conversation with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Speaker Nir BarkatMayor of Jerusalem
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 27, 2010

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Syria and Lebanon Today: A Conversation with Michael Young

Speaker Michael YoungDaily Star
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 28, 2010

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Security in the West Bank: A Conversation with MG Gadi Shamni

Speaker Major General Ghadi ShamniIsraeli Central Command
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 23, 2010

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A Discussion with Ambassador Sallai Meridor

Speaker Sallai MeridorEmbassy of Israel
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 14, 2009

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A Discussion with Ed Husain

Speaker Ed HusainQuilliam
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 5, 2009

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