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

Roundtable Meeting

Jordan and Developments in the Region

Speakers:

Fayez Tarawneh, Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Elliott Abrams, Senior 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 Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy for the Yesha Council of the Israeli Settlement Movement

Presiders:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Robert M. Danin, Eni 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 Otaiba, Ambassador to the United States, United Arab Emirates

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior 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 Gould, Ambassador to Israel, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 6, 2013

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Israel's Security Challenges

Speaker:

Amos Yadlin, Director, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior 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 Satloff, Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policies, Reuel Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior 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 Rifkind, Chairman, Intelligence and Security Committee, British Parliament

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 23, 2012

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Where Is China Heading on Tibet?

Speaker:

Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 23, 2012

This meeting is on the record.

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Morocco and the Arab Spring

Speaker:

His Excellency Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador, Kingdom of Morocco

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 13, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

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 Ghannouchi, Co-founder, Ennahda Movement

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

Roundtable Meeting

Dan Schueftan on Israel and the Palestinians

Speaker:

Dan Schueftan, University of Haifa

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council 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 Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
October 17, 2011

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A Conversation with Ambassador Yaacov Amitai

Speaker:

Ambassador Yaacov Amitai, Incoming Israeli Ambassador to Egypt

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
September 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

The Crisis In Syria

Speakers:

Ammar Abdulhamid, Tharwa Foundation, Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University, Amr Al-Azm, Shawnee State University

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
July 20, 2011

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Peace and the Peace Process: A Conversation with Shalom Tourgeman

Speaker:

Shalom Tourgeman, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Lebanon and Syria Update

Speakers:

Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard, Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Mona Yacoubian, United States Institute of Peace

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2010

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The Situation in Lebanon and Its Consequences for the Region

Speaker:

Terje Rød-Larsen, International Peace Institute

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2010

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Roundtable Meeting

The Friends of Israel Initiative

Speakers:

H.E. José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain, H.E. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of the Republic of Peru, Andrew Roberts, Historian and Writer

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
September 15, 2010

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Israel and the UN

Speaker:

H.E. Gabriela Shalev, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
September 13, 2010

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A Conversation with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

Speaker:

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
May 27, 2010

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Syria and Lebanon Today: A Conversation with Michael Young

Speaker:

Michael Young, Daily Star

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council 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 Shamni, Israeli Central Command

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
March 23, 2010

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A Discussion with Ambassador Sallai Meridor

Speaker:

Sallai Meridor, Embassy of Israel

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
May 14, 2009

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A Discussion with Ed Husain

Speaker:

Ed Husain, Quilliam

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
May 5, 2009

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