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.

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

Speaker Matthew LevittDirector, 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 HusainSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2013

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Military Intervention in Syria: Options and Outcomes

Speakers Terry WolffDirector, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, James A. BakerPrincipal Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5
Presider Steven A. CookSenior 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 AlyChairman and Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies
Presider Steven A. CookHasib 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 KhalilJournalist and Author
Presider Steven A. CookHasib 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 CleverleyAmerican Foreign Service (Ret.), Thomas MillerFormer Ambassador to Greece
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 27, 2011

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New Year’s Revolutions: Egypt and Tunisia

Speaker Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Jared CohenCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2011

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

Speakers Mohammad DarawsheThe Abraham Fund Initiatives, Amnon Be'eri-SulitzeanuThe Abraham Fund Initiatives
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 16, 2010

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

Speaker Geoffrey GilmoreChief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises
Presider Steven A. CookHasib 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-JaberPalestinian Telecommunications Co.
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 7, 2009

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2009: The Year of Cyprus?

Speaker Andreas S. KakourisEmbassy of Cyprus
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 6, 2009

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How the Intelligence Community Understood the Islamic Challenge

Speaker Emile A. NakhlehAuthor, "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. CookCouncil 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 LevyThe Century Foundation
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2009

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

Speaker Michael OppenheimerProfessor, Global Affairs Program, New York University
Presider Steven A. CookSenior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 22, 2008

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Turkey: Back from the Brink

Speaker Henri J. BarkeyBernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh University
Presider Steven A. CookSenior 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 AvineriThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 8, 2008

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U.S.-Turkey Strategic Dialogue

Speaker Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 16, 2008

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The Mahalla Intifada: Political Unrest in Egypt

Speaker Khaled FahmyNew York University
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 15, 2008

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Domestic Developments in Turkey

Speaker Ahmet EvinDean of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University
Presider Steven A. CookDouglas 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. HouryResearcher, Lebanon and Syria, Middle East/North Africa, Human Rights Watch
Presider Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
January 17, 2008

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The European Union and Iran

Speaker Emanuele OttolenghiExecutive Director, The Transatlantic Institute
Presider Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2007

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Turkey's Legislative and Presidential Elections

Speaker Umit CizreProfessor, International Relations, Bilkent University
Presider Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
October 9, 2007

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A Conversation with David Shearer

Speakers Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations, David ShearerChief Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations
June 21, 2007

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A Conversation with Egemen Bagis

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

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Turkey's Political Battle: Secularism vs. Democracy

Speakers Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations, Mustafa AkyolIntercultural Dialogue Platform
May 25, 2007

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Update on Turkey: A Conversation with Egemen Bagis

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

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The Many Faces of Political Islam

Speakers Steven A. CookDouglas Dillon Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations, Mohammed AyoobJames Madison College, Michigan State University
March 6, 2007

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

Speaker Ian S. LustickUniversity of Pennsylvania
Presider Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 15, 2006

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No god but God

Speaker Reza AslanAuthor, 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 OttolenghiVisiting 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 MaghraouiUSIP, Fouzia RhissassiChair-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 RubinResident 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-EbeidSecretary 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 AbdulhamidVisiting 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 AgrestoPresident, John Agresto & Associates
Presider Steven A. Cook
September 15, 2004

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Turkey Between Brussels and Baghdad

Speaker Soner CagaptayCoordinator, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider Steven A. CookNext 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