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.

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

Speaker Sadad Al HusseiniSaudi Aramco
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 9, 2010

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Pakistan: Deep Inside the World's Most Frightening State

Speaker Mary Anne WeaverCity University of New York
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 24, 2010

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Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

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

Speaker Muna AbuSulaymanUNDP Ambassador, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 StangerMiddlebury College
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 21, 2009

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Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speaker Haleh EsfandiariDirector, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 IIIUniversity of Vermont
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 BushAsia Foundation
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 NovogratzAcumen Fund
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 SachedinaUniversity of Virginia
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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. RicciardioneU.S. Institute of Peace
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 IsmailDemocracy Activist, Egypt
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 WittesSenior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 BenardConsultant, RAND Corporation
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 HamidDirector, Aceh Programs, The Asia Foundation, Indonesia
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 TaninPermanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Islamic State of Afghanistan to the UN
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Saad IbrahimDirector, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 MattsonPresident, Islamic Society of North America
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 SecorEditor, New York Times, Solmaz SherifIranian Journalist
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 ColemanSenior 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 FairU.S. Institute of Peace, Azhar HussainInternational Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 LynchAssociate Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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-WinstanleyForeign Service Institute
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 Homayra Ludin EtemadiFuture Generations, Rina AmiriUnited Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 Bong-Scuk SohnMember, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Nanda PokFounder and Executive Director, Women for Prosperity (Cambodia), Suteera VichitranondaGender and Development Research Institute (Thailand)
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil 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 BandaMinister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of Malawi, Thoraya Ahmed ObaidExecutive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 4, 2006 12:15–2:00 p.m.

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Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speaker Fatemeh HaghighatjouMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 23, 2006

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Women and Foreign Policy Symposium: Human Trafficking - An Overview

Speakers Ann JordanDirector, Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons, Global Rights, Neha MisraGlobal Coordinator, Counter Trafficking Programs & Program Officer, Africa Region, American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center), AFL-CIO, Jyoti SangheraAdvisor on Trafficking, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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. MendelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Joy ZarembkaDirector, Break the Chain Campaign, Alice MillerProfessor, Department of Population and Family Health, School of Public Health, Columbia University; Law and Health Advisor, Sexual Health and Rights Project, Open Society Institute
Presider Nicholas D. KristofThe New York Times
May 3, 2006

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

Speaker John MillerSenior Advisor to the Secretary of State, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Presider Kavita RamdasPresident 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 HaghighatjouMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 IbrahimYale World Fellow, Yale University
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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. ChayesField Director, Afghans for Civil Society, Isobel ColemanSenior 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 RodeyUSAID
Presider Philip-Michael Gary
January 13, 2006

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Women in Iraq: The Way Forward

Speakers Ann Greenstock, Molly PheeU.S. Department of State, Jane ArrafCouncil on Foreign Relations
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 BrownCarnegie Endowment, Haleh EsfandiariWoodrow Wilson Center
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 SultanProgram Director, Women for Afghan Women
Presider Isobel Coleman
Commentator Barnett R. RubinDirector 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 OmarIraq 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 ArunachalamFounder, 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-KaziProfessor 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 ParlikaPresident, 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 AnderliniWomen Waging Peace, Mehrangiz KarDirector, 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-EbeidSecretary 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 Eiman SeifeldinSudan Liberation Movement, and Darfur Women's Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, Awut AcuilSudanese Women's Association in Nairobi, and Sudanese Women's Voice for Peace, Harriet C. BabbittHunt Alternatives Fund
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior 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 SherzoyDirector 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 ChamlouWorld Bank
Presider Isobel Coleman
May 6, 2004

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Shari'a and Women's Rights

Speaker Khaled El FadlYale 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 BibarsAshoka: 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 Hoda Elsadda, Kamala ChandrakiranaNational Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan)
Presider Isobel Coleman
December 2, 2003

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Microfinance and Pakistan

Speaker Roshaneh ZafarGrameen 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. SteinbergU.S. Department of State
March 6, 2003

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Findings from Middle East and South-West Asia Trip

Speaker Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Jennifer Seymour WhitakerCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 6, 2002

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Women and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Speakers David JohnsonU.S. Department of State, Hangama AnwariAfghan Women Lawyers and Professional Association
Presider Jennifer Seymour WhitakerCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 21, 2002

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