Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East

This series invites scholars, policymakers, and leaders to discuss a wide range of issues related to social, political, and economic development, women's empowerment, and education.

Meetings

The Future of Global Energy Markets: A Conversation with Sadad Al Husseini

Speaker: Sadad Al Husseini, Saudi Aramco
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
March 9, 2010

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Pakistan: Deep Inside the World's Most Frightening State

Speaker: Mary Anne Weaver, City University of New York
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
February 24, 2010

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Today: A Converation with Muna AbuSulayman

Speaker: Muna AbuSulayman, UNDP Ambassador, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, CFR
December 1, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: The Outsourcing of American Power

Speaker: Allison Stanger, Middlebury College
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
October 21, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Today: Iran Today: Autocracy versus Reform

Speaker: Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S Foreign Policy, CFR
October 15, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: The Kuwaiti Elections of 2009 - Implications for Arab Democratization

Speaker: F. Gregory Gause III, University of Vermont
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
June 24, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Islam, Elections, and Indonesia

Speaker: Robin Bush, Asia Foundation
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
April 23, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Speaker: Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
April 8, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: The Future of Islamic Democracy - Lessons from Iran and Iraq

Speaker: Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
April 2, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Influencing Transitions in the Arab World - The Case of Egypt

Speaker: Francis J. Ricciardione, U.S. Institute of Peace
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
January 13, 2009

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: The Future of Democracy in Egypt

Speaker: Gameela Ismail, Democracy Activist, Egypt
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
September 26, 2008

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Democracy in the Arab World

Speaker: Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
May 28, 2008

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Implications of the Middle East Youthquake

Speaker: Cheryl Benard, Consultant, RAND Corporation
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2008

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: The Meaning of Democracy - Indonesia Ten Years after Suharto

Speaker: Sandra Hamid, Director, Aceh Programs, The Asia Foundation, Indonesia
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 4, 2007

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: A Discussion with Ambassador Zahir Tanin

Speaker: Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Islamic State of Afghanistan to the UN
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
November 20, 2007

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Prospects for Reform in Egypt - A Conversation with Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Saad Ibrahim, Director, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 24, 2007

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Muslim Organizations in the West: Bridging a Growing Divide - A Conversation with Ingrid Mattson

Speaker: Ingrid Mattson, President, Islamic Society of North America
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
May 29, 2007

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Roundtable on Economic and Political Development in the Middle East: Covering Iran - Journalists' Perspectives on the Islamic Republic

Speakers: Laura Secor, Editor, New York Times, Solmaz Sherif, Iranian Journalist
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 5, 2007 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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CEDAW: Is U.S. Ratification Possible?

Speaker: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 13, 2007

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Extremism and Reform in Pakistan - The Role of Madrassas

Speakers: C. Chrstine Fair, U.S. Institute of Peace, Azhar Hussain, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 6, 2007

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Voices of the New Arab Public - Media and Civil Society in the Arab World

Speaker: Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 12, 2006 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Saudi Arabia - Prospects for Reform

Speaker: Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Foreign Service Institute
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2006 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Development and Security in Afghanistan - Perspectives from the Field

Speakers: Rina Amiri, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Homayra Ludin Etemadi, Future Generations
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
November 16, 2006 8:00–9:45 a.m.

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Women and Political Change in Asia

Speakers: Nanda Pok, Founder and Executive Director, Women for Prosperity (Cambodia), Bong-Scuk Sohn, Member, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Suteera Vichitranonda, Gender and Development Research Institute (Thailand)
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
October 19, 2006 5:15–7:00 p.m.

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Health and Development in Africa

Speakers: The Honorable Joyce Banda, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of Malawi, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
October 4, 2006 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Iran's Democratization Process

Speaker: Fatemeh Haghighatjou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
June 23, 2006

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Women and Foreign Policy Symposium: Human Trafficking - An Overview

Speakers: Ann Jordan, Director, Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons, Global Rights, Neha Misra, Global Coordinator, Counter Trafficking Programs & Program Officer, Africa Region, American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center), AFL-CIO, Jyoti Sanghera, Advisor on Trafficking, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
May 3, 2006

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Women and Foreign Policy Symposium: Human Trafficking - Global Health and Security

Speakers: Sarah E. Mendelson, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Alice Miller, Professor, Department of Population and Family Health, School of Public Health, Columbia University; Law and Health Advisor, Sexual Health and Rights Project, Open Society Institute, Joy Zarembka, Director, Break the Chain Campaign
Presider: Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times
May 3, 2006

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Women and Foreign Policy Symposium: The U.S. Government Response to Trafficking

Speaker: John Miller, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Kavita Ramdas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund for Women
May 3, 2006

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Democratization in Iran

Speaker: Fatemeh Haghighatjou, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 27, 2006

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Islamic Law in Nigeria

Speaker: Hauwa Ibrahim, Yale World Fellow, Yale University
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
February 23, 2006

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Roundtable on Women and Foreign Policy: Emerging Democracy in Afghanistan - What to Expect

Speakers: Sarah P. Chayes, Field Director, Afghans for Civil Society, Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
January 30, 2006

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Is the U.S. Government's Vision of Afghanistan Achievable?

Speaker: Barbara Rodey, USAID
Presider: Philip-Michael Gary
January 13, 2006

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Women in Iraq: The Way Forward

Speakers: Jane Arraf, Council on Foreign Relations, Ann Greenstock, Molly Phee, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Isobel Coleman
November 8, 2005

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Women and Foreign Policy Roundtable: Shariah, Women's Rights, and the Iraqi Constitution

Speakers: Nathan Brown, Carnegie Endowment, Haleh Esfandiari, Woodrow Wilson Center
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 11, 2005

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Moving from Rhetoric to Reality: The Status of Women's Empowerment in Afghanistan

Speaker: Masuda Sultan, Program Director, Women for Afghan Women
Presider: Isobel Coleman
Commentator: Barnett R. Rubin, Director of Studies, Center on International Cooperation
May 26, 2005

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Women's Rights in a New Iraq: The Constitution and the Future

Speaker: Manal Omar, Iraq Country Director, Women for Women International
Presider: Isobel Coleman
May 11, 2005

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Changing the Face of India: The Economic and Political Empowerment of Women

Speaker: Jaya Arunachalam, Founder, Working Women's Forum
Presider: Isobel Coleman
May 5, 2005

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Democracy in the Middle East: A View from Kuwait

Speaker: Lubna Al-Kazi, Professor of Sociology, Kuwait University
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 8, 2005

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Afghanistan's Upcoming National Elections: A Conversation with Parliamentary Candidate Soraya Parlika

Speaker: Soraya Parlika, President, All Afghan Women's Union
Presider: Isobel Coleman
March 3, 2005

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Prospects for Reform in Iran: The Future of Civil Society

Speakers: Sanam Anderlini, Women Waging Peace, Mehrangiz Kar, Director, Policy Commission, Harvard University
Presider: Isobel Coleman
December 16, 2004

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Reform in the Arab World: A View from the Egyptian Opposition

Speaker: Mona Makram-Ebeid, Secretary General, Hizb al-Ghad (The Party of Tomorrow)
Presiders: Isobel Coleman, Steven A. Cook
November 15, 2004

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Waging Peace in the Sudan: A Conversation with Sudanese Leaders

Speakers: Awut Acuil, Sudanese Women's Association in Nairobi, and Sudanese Women's Voice for Peace, Harriet C. Babbitt, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Eiman Seifeldin, Sudan Liberation Movement, and Darfur Women's Relief and Rehabilitation Agency
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
October 15, 2004

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Getting Down to Business: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Development in Afghanistan

Speaker: Mina Sherzoy, Director of Entrepreneurship Development for Women, Ministry of Commerce of Afghanistan
Presider: Isobel Coleman
September 15, 2004

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Women and Economic Development in the Middle East

Speaker: Nadereh Chamlou, World Bank
Presider: Isobel Coleman
May 6, 2004

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Shari'a and Women's Rights

Speaker: Khaled El Fadl, Yale Law School
Presider: Isobel Coleman
April 15, 2004

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Conversation with Lubna Olayan

Panelist: Lubna S. Olayan
Presider: Isobel Coleman
April 14, 2004

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Social Entrepreneurship and Political Change in Egypt

Speaker: Iman Bibars, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Presider: Isobel Coleman
March 18, 2004

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Leveraging the Mosque to Empower Women: Lessons from Afghanistan

Speaker: Shukria Hassan
Presider: Isobel Coleman
December 12, 2003

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Civil Society and Political Reform: Egypt and Indonesia

Speakers: Kamala Chandrakirana, National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), Hoda Elsadda
Presider: Isobel Coleman
December 2, 2003

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Microfinance and Pakistan

Speaker: Roshaneh Zafar, Grameen Foundation
Presider: Isobel Coleman
November 4, 2003

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Women In Iraq

Panelist: Isobel Coleman
Presider: Jennifer Seymour Whitaker
May 5, 2003

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The Role of Women in Peacebuilding and Reconstruction: Lessons from Rwanda, East Timor, and Afghanistan

Presider: Isobel Coleman
Discussant: Donald K. Steinberg, U.S. Department of State
March 6, 2003

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Findings from Middle East and South-West Asia Trip

Speaker: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Jennifer Seymour Whitaker, Council on Foreign Relations
December 6, 2002

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Women and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Speakers: Hangama Anwari, Afghan Women Lawyers and Professional Association, David Johnson, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Jennifer Seymour Whitaker, Council on Foreign Relations
October 21, 2002

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