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

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

This meeting is on the record.

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Jordan and Developments in the Region

Speakers: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Fayez Tarawneh, Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
July 1, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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: Reuel Gerecht, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Robert Satloff, Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policies
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.

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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UNESCO, Palestine, and the UN System

Speaker: Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
Presiders: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, 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

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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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The Crisis In Syria

Speakers: Ammar Abdulhamid, Tharwa Foundation, Amr Al-Azm, Shawnee State University, Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University
Presider: Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
July 20, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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

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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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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

This meeting is not for attribution.

The Friends of Israel Initiative

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