WCFIA/CMES Joint Seminar, Fall 2000 – Spring 2006


September 22, 2005
“Reforming Egypt: What Lies Ahead?”
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

October 6, 2005
“How Far Can a Hegemon Go? Reflections on the U.S. Administration's Reform and Regime Change Agenda in the Middle East”
Michael Hudson Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Professor of International Relations, and Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

October 21, 2005
“On Being an Arab Woman Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service: Personal Perspectives”
Marcelle Wahba Ambassador, U.S. Department of State, and Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor, National War College, National Defence University

October 27, 2005
“Four Years and Counting: A Critical Arab View of the War, Peace, Justice, and Terror Cycle in the Middle East”
Rami Khouri Internationally syndicated columnist and Editor-at-large of the Beirut-based newspaper, The Daily Star

November 3, 2005
“Palestinian Politics after Disengagement and the Upcoming Parliamentary Elections”
Khalil Shikaki, Director, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

November 10, 2005
“The Israeli Judiciary: Fighting Terror and Enforcing Human Rights Under the Law”
Ayala Procaccia, Justice, Supreme Court of Israel

November 17, 2005
“Moving Back to Move Forward: The Oslo Accords”
Daniel Heradstveit, Professor and Senior Research Associate, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and Visiting Professor, Syracuse University

December 1, 2005
“Psychological Foundations of Intractable Conflict: The Israeli-Palestinian Case”
Daniel Bar-Tal, Professor of Psychology at the School of Education, Tel Aviv University, and Visiting Scholar at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

February 9, 2006
Reflections on Iran’s Political Scene
HOUCHANG CHEHABI, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University

February 23, 2006
Reflections of an International Observer of the 2006 Palestinian Parliamentary Elections
LENORE MARTIN, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Emmanuel College; Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Research Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
With comments by Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University

March 16, 2006
Lebanon: Back to the Future
AUGUSTUS RICHARD NORTON, Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University

March 23, 2006
Israeli-Palestinian Economic Relations in View of the Gaza Disengagement and the Palestinian Elections
EPHRAIM KLEIMAN, Patinkin Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

April 6, 2006
Syria at the Crossroads
SADIK AL-AZM, Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Emeritus Professor of the Modern European Philosophy, Damascus University

April 7, 2005
Shia Politics and Tribes in Southern Iraq: Reinventing Civil Society Post-Saddam
RORY STEWART, Fellow, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government and former Coalition Deputy Governor of Amara and Nasariya, Iraq (2003-04)

April 14, 2005
Israel-Palestinian Relations: The Regional Context
SHAI FELDMAN, Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

April 20, 2006
The Politics of Reproduction in Israel: Genetic Exchanges Between Jews and Muslims
SUSAN KAHN, Associate Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

April 27, 2006
Terrorists, Tyrants, Tycoons and Theocrats: U.S. Policy Challenges in the Middle East
DANIEL KURTZER, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel


September 23, 2004
"Reform with Stability in Saudi Arabia: Is it Possible?”
Jamal Khashoggi, Media Advisor to the Saudi Ambassador to London and Former Editor-in-Chief of Al-Watan

September 27, 2004
“Adapting Intervention to the Phase of the Conflict: Israeli-Palestinian Workshops in the Context of the Second Intifada”
Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University
Joint Session with HCK Seminar on International Conflict Analysis & Resolution 

October 21, 2004
“The Dynamics of Internal Israelil Politics and Their Long-Term Consequences”
Naomi Chazan, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University, and Former Deputy Speaker of teh Israeli Knesset; and Research Fellow, MIT

November 4, 2004
“U.S. Syrian Relations”
Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States

November 18, 2004
“The Jewish Question, The Palestinian Question: Resolution or Displacement?”
Joseph Massad, Assistant Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History, Columbia University

December 2, 2004
“Applying the Genocide Convention: The Case of Darfur”
Jennifer Leaning, Professor of International Health, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

February 10, 2005
“International Law: Helping or Hindering Protection in Gaza?”
Claude Bruderlein, Director, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School of Public Health, and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

February 24, 2005
“U.S. Foreign Assistance in the Palestinian Territories: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects”
Larry Garber, Executive Director, New Israel Fund; and former Director, USAID Mission to the West Bank and Gaza

February 28, 2005
“The Ethnography of Martyrdom”
Anne Marie Oliver and Paul Steinberg, Authors of The Road to Martyrs’ Square, Oxford University Press

March 10, 2005
“Arafat Revisited: An Assessment of His Role in the Search for a Two-State Solution”
Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University

March 17, 2005
“The U.S. Policy in Iraq”
Anthony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, The Center for Strategic & International Studies

April 7, 2005
“Shia Politics and Tribes in Southern Iraq: Reinventing Civil Society Post-Saddam”   
Rory Stewart, Fellow, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government and former Coalition Deputy Governor of Amara and Nasariya, Iraq (2003-04)

April 14, 2005
“Israel-Palestinian Relations: The Regional Context”
Shai Feldman, Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

2003 – 2004

September 23, 2003
AHMAD BISHARA Professor, Kuwait University
Lessons From Kuwait's Democratic Experience

October 2, 2003
BAHMAN BAKTIARI Professor of International Relations, University of Maine
The Dialectics of Revolution and Reform in the Islamic Republic

October 16, 2003
HENRY MUNSON Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine and Visiting Scholar in Anthropology, Harvard University
The Rage of Osama Bin Laden

October 23, 2003
S. ILAN TROEN Lopin Professor of Modern History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Stoll Family Professor of Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Claiming the Land of Israel: The Vagaries of Political Correctness in a Century-Old Dispute

October 30, 2003
DAVID PHILLIPS Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council of Foreign Relations and Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Post-War Failings in Iraq

November 13, 2003
SALAH JAWAD Associate Professor of Political Science and History, Bir Zeit University, West Bank
The Militarization of the Intifadah:Reasons, Impact, and Future Implications

November 20, 2003 (This talk will be held from 12-2 PM)
PETER FORD British Ambassador to Damascus and former WCFIA Fellow
Syria in the Post-Iraq Middle East

December 4, 2003
JUAN COLE Professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History, University of Michigan
Ghetto Politics and Radical Religion among Postwar Iraqi Shiites

February 12, 2004
TARIQ ALI, Historian, Novelist, Filmmaker, Editor, New Left Review, and Author, Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq, and The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
The Clash of Fundamentalisms

February 26, 2004
PHEBE MARR Author, Modern History of Iraq, and Former Senior Fellow, National Defense University
Envisioning Alternative Futures for Iraq

March 25, 2004
PASI PATOKALLIO Former Ambassador of Finland to Israel and Cyprus and Fellow, WCFIA
The EU and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

April 19, 2004
Joint session with the HCK Seminar on International Conflict Analysis & Resolution
ALEXIS KELLER Senior Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation; Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, JFK School of Government
In Search of a Realistic and Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Geneva Accord

April 22, 2004
WCFIA Jodidi Lecture AMRAM MITZNA Member of Israeli Knesset, Labor Party candidate for Prime Minister in 2003, former WCFIA Fellow
Title and Location TBA

May 6, 2004
PHILIP J. MATTAR Guest Scholar, United States Institute of Peace
Palestinian and Israeli Missed Opportunities


October 10, 2002
ISLAH JAD Professor of Gender and Politics, Bir Zeit University, West Bank
Why are we here and what is next: An overview of the Palestinian situation

October 24, 2002
HAFEZ AL-MIRAZI Bureau Chief, Al Jazeera, Washington, DC
Madison Avenue v. the Arab Street: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Arab Media

November 7, 2002
ALI BANUAZIZI Professor of History and Co-Director of the Program on Middle East and Islamic Studies, Boston College
Iran: What Remains of the Islamic Revolution?

November 21, 2002
RAVIV DRUCKER Nieman Fellow, Harvard University; Former Diplomatic Correspondent, IDF Radio; Author, Hara-Kiri
The Collapse of the Peace Process: Lessons for the Future

December 5, 2002
LANDRUM BOLLING Director-at-Large, Mercy Corps; Senior Advisor, Conflict Management Group
The Socioeconomic Basis of a Palestinian-Israeli Peace: Development Imperatives

February 6, 2003
DAN BAR-ON Professor of Psychology, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Visiting Professor, Stockton College
Violence and Cooperation: Developing Palestinian-Israeli Projects in Times of Crisis--A Case Study of the Shared History Initiative

February 20, 2003
MOSHE MA OZ Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, Israel; Visiting Professor, Brandeis University
Islam and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

March 6, 2003
ROBERT RABIL Project Manager, Iraq Research and Documentation Project, Washington, DC
The Iraqi Opposition: Prospects and Challenges

April 24, 2003
KAREN PFEIFER Professor of Economics, Smith College
Kuwait's Economic Quandary and U.S. Policy in the Gulf


September 20, 2001
GRAHAM FULLER Former Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council for Long-range Forecasting; Resident Senior Consultant at RAND Corporation
The Future of Political Islam

October 4, 2001
RAMI KHOURI Nieman Fellow 2001-2002; Former Editor, The Jordan Times
The Attack Against America: An Arab View

October 18, 2001
CONSTANCE MAYER Senior Middle East Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Near East/South Asia Division, US Department of State
U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

November 1, 2001
CARNE ROSS Head of the Middle East Section, United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations
An Inside View of the UN and Iraq

November 15, 2001
HELGA BAUMGARTENR Associate Professor of Political Science at Bir Zeit University
Transformations in the Arab World: Empirical Studies, Theoretical Deliberations

November 29, 2001
ILAN PAPPE Professor of History at Haifa University
Partition in Palestine Revisited: What is a Fair Solution?

January 31, 2002
SHIBLEY TELHAMI Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Do They Ever Learn?

February 7, 2002
HOUCHANG CHEHABI Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University
The Presidential Elections of 2001 and the Khatami Presidency: Has Anything Changed?

February 21, 2002
KANAN MAKIYA Author of The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem and Director of the Iraq Research and Documentation Project
Fictionalizing the Story of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

March 7, 2002
GADI BALTIANSKY Wexner-Israel Fellow, Kennedy School of Government; Media Advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, 1999-2000
ALON BEN-DAVIDWexner-Israel Fellow, Kennedy School of Government; Israeli Broadcasting Authority, Head, News Defense Desk
GIDI GRINSTEIN Wexner-Israel Fellow, Kennedy School of Government; Secretary of the Israeli Negotiating Team for the Permanent Status Agreement, 1999-2001
The Future of the Peace Process: Israeli Perspectives

March 18, 2002
DENNIS ROSS MONDAY 1-3PM Distinguished Fellow and Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Special Middle East Envoy for the First Bush and Clinton Administrations
The Future of the Middle East Peace Process Joint session with the Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

March 21, 2002
MICHAEL KLARE Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire, Amherst, Smith, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and UMass, Amherst
The Geopolitical Dimensions of the War Against Terrorism

April 4, 2002
ROGER OWEN A.J. Meyer Professor of History, Harvard University
The War on Terrorism and the World Recession: Economic Consequences for the Middle East

April 25, 2002
ALAIN GRESH Editor-in-Chief, Le Monde Diplomatique From Oslo to Taba:
Why Peace Was Lost Joint session with the Middle East Brown Bag Forum

May 2, 2002
JUDITH YAPHE Senior Research Professor, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University U.S.-Iraq Policy:
Is Regime Change in Iraq's Future? 


September 28, 2000
MICHAEL BELL Ambassador of Canada to the State of Israel
Perception and Reality in the New Middle East: Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation

October 5, 2000
ELAINE SCIOLINO Author of the recently published Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, and Senior Writer, NY Times
Iran's Dilemma

October 12, 2000
MURHAF JOUEJATI Scholar in Residence, Middle East Institute, and Syrian Political Affairs Analyst
Syria in Transition: Enduring Constraints, New Opportunities

October 26, 2000
AN OPEN DISCUSSION, Led by the Co-Chairs of the Seminar
The Current Crisis in Israel/Palestine

November 9, 2000
ROY P. MOTTAHEDEH Gurney Professor of History, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Contemporary Liberal Islamicists in Egypt

November 30, 2000
CHARLES SHAMAS Senior Partner, the MATTIN Group, Ramallah, Palestine
The EC-Israel Trade Agreements: The Role of the European Community in the Final-Status Talks

February 8, 2001
AUGUSTUS RICHARD NORTON Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Boston University
Lebanon's Malaise and Beyond

February 22, 2001
SHEILA CARAPICO Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond
Civic Activism in Yemen

March 8, 2001
GREG GAUSE Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont
Iraq's War Decisions

March 15, 2001
RASHID KHALIDI Director, Center for International Studies and Professor of Middle Eastern History, University of Chicago
The Dim for Peace in the Middle East

March 22, 2001
JULIE TROTTIER Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Centre for Water Research, Oxford University Decision-Making and Water
Resources in the Palestinian Territories

April 5, 2001
HILLEL SHUVAL Professor of Environmental Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Water Conflicts on the Jordan River: An Obstacle to Peace?

April 19, 2001
YORAM PERI Professor of Political Sociology and Communications, Hebrew University, Jerusalem;Fullbright Scholar, American University; President of the New Israel Fund
The Impact of Domestic Politics among Israelis and Palestinians on the Peace Process