Roundtable on Reform in the Arab and Islamic World

Since September 11, 2001, U.S.-Middle East policy has sought to promote reform in the Arab and Islamic World as a U.S. national security priority. This roundtable series sheds light on the complex issues that the countries of the Middle East present and explores the different avenues available to U.S. policymakers seeking to promote change in that region. By drawing on the experience of a variety of speakers with particular expertise on social, political, and economic reform, women's issues, education, and the media, this roundtable series intends to enrich the current debate on reform promotion in the Arab world with a range of top-tier perspectives and policy recommendations in an informal discussion setting.

Meetings

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God

Speaker: Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence; Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and author, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God
Presider: Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2013

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Military Intervention in Syria: Options and Outcomes

Speakers: James A. Baker, Principal Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Terry Wolff, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 24, 2013

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A Conversation with Dr. Abdel Monom Said Aly

Speaker: Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly, Chairman and Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 2, 2013

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Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation

Speaker: Ashraf Khalil, Journalist and Author
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 14, 2012

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The New Greek-American Relationship

Speakers: Mike Cleverley, American Foreign Service (Ret.), Thomas Miller, Former Ambassador to Greece
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
April 27, 2011

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New Year’s Revolutions: Egypt and Tunisia

Speaker: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Jared Cohen, Council on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2011

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Towards a Shared Society: The Integration of Palestinian Arabs in Israel

Speakers: Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu, The Abraham Fund Initiatives, Mohammad Darawshe, The Abraham Fund Initiatives
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
April 16, 2010

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The Role of Cultural Diplomacy through Film: Outreach to the Arab World

Speaker: Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR
September 16, 2009

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New Ideas for Building Palestine's Economy and State

Speaker: Abdul Malik Al-Jaber, Palestinian Telecommunications Co.
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
May 7, 2009

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2009: The Year of Cyprus?

Speaker: Andreas S. Kakouris, Embassy of Cyprus
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
May 6, 2009

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How the Intelligence Community Understood the Islamic Challenge

Speaker: Emile A. Nakhleh, Author, "A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World" and Former Senior Intelligence Officer and Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program, Central Intelligence Agency
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
April 16, 2009 8:00–8:30 a.m. - Reception and Breakfast
8:30–9:30 a.m. - Discussion

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Evaluating the New Israeli Government

Speaker: Daniel Levy, The Century Foundation
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2009

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Iran 2015: Alternate Scenarios for U.S.-Iran Relations

Speaker: Michael Oppenheimer, Professor, Global Affairs Program, New York University
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 22, 2008

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Turkey: Back from the Brink

Speaker: Henri J. Barkey, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh University
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
September 19, 2008

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Israel's Internal Politics and the Peace Process

Speaker: Shlomo Avineri, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
September 8, 2008

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U.S.-Turkey Strategic Dialogue

Speaker: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
May 16, 2008

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The Mahalla Intifada: Political Unrest in Egypt

Speaker: Khaled Fahmy, New York University
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
May 15, 2008

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Domestic Developments in Turkey

Speaker: Ahmet Evin, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 14, 2008

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Endless Stalemate? Lebanon's Political Crisis and Its Aftermath

Speaker: Nadim S. Houry, Researcher, Lebanon and Syria, Middle East/North Africa, Human Rights Watch
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
January 17, 2008

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The European Union and Iran

Speaker: Emanuele Ottolenghi, Executive Director, The Transatlantic Institute
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2007

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Turkey's Legislative and Presidential Elections

Speaker: Umit Cizre, Professor, International Relations, Bilkent University
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2007

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A Conversation with David Shearer

Speakers: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations, David Shearer, Chief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations
June 21, 2007

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A Conversation with Egemen Bagis

Speakers: Egemen Bagis, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, Turkish Parliament, Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
June 15, 2007

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Turkey's Political Battle: Secularism vs. Democracy

Speakers: Mustafa Akyol, Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2007

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Update on Turkey: A Conversation with Egemen Bagis

Speaker: Egemen Bagis, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, Turkish Parliament
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
March 15, 2007

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The Many Faces of Political Islam

Speakers: Mohammed Ayoob, James Madison College, Michigan State University, Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations
March 6, 2007

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Trapped in the War on Terror: A Conversation with Ian Lustick

Speaker: Ian S. Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
November 15, 2006

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No god but God

Speaker: Reza Aslan, Author, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Presider: Steven A. Cook
May 12, 2005

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Europe and the Middle East

Speaker: Emanuele Ottolenghi, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and,, Leone Ginzburg Research Fellow in Israel Studies, Oxford University
Presider: Steven A. Cook
March 21, 2005

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Morocco: Model for Arab Reform?

Speakers: Abdeslam Maghraoui, USIP, Fouzia Rhissassi, Chair-Women's Rights, UNESCO
Presiders: Isobel Coleman, Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
March 7, 2005

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Elections in Iraq: A Preview

Speaker: Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Presider: Steven A. Cook
January 18, 2005

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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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Politics and Political Reform in Syria

Speaker: Ammar Abdulhamid, Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Presider: Steven A. Cook
October 27, 2004

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Education, Politics, and Culture in the New Iraq

Speaker: John Agresto, President, John Agresto & Associates
Presider: Steven A. Cook
September 15, 2004

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Turkey Between Brussels and Baghdad

Speaker: Soner Cagaptay, Coordinator, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider: Steven A. Cook, Next Generation Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 17, 2004

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Roundtable on Reform in the Arab and Islamic World Director

  • Steven Cook Steven Cook

    Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies