Here, we keep a running tab of the recent events sponsored and co-sponsored by the Center. Archived information and video from past events not shown here can be found at on our YouTube Channel and photo albums from many of the events are posted on our Facebook photo stream.
Wednesday, November 13
The State of Democracy in Turkey: Assessing Erdoğan and the Justice & Development Party (AKP). A Lecture by Mustafa Akyol
On November 13, CMES hosted Mustafa Akyol, prominent Turkish writer and social commentator, to discuss the current political trends in Turkey, specifically with regard to Turkey's democratic evolution under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice & Development Party.
Mustafa Akyol is a political commentator and public intellectual based in Istanbul. He is a columnist for Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's foremost English-language daily, and Al-Monitor. He is the author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (2011). He is also the author of five books in Turkish, including Rethinking the Kurdish Question (2006). His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times, among other publications.
Thursday, november 7
US Foreign Policy Challenges in the Twilight of the Obama Presidency. A Panel Discussion with Stephen Kinzer, David Sanger, & Amb. Christopher Hill
On November 7, CMES co-hosted two spectacular events featuring our guest, renowned journalist and author, Stephen Kinzer. The first event, "US Foreign Policy Challenges in the Twilight of the Obama Presidency," featured not only Stephen Kinzer, but his former colleague at the New York Times and equally distinguished journalist, David Sanger. Moderated by Dean Christopher Hill, the panel discussion touched on numerous topics ranging from US nuclear negotiations with Iran to the future of cyber security and "killer robots." The event was part of the Korbel School's Public Diplomacy Speaker Series, generously co-sponsored by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, the Edward W. & Charlotte A. Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media, and the University of Denver's Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies. Video from the panel is available here.
Upheaval as Opportunity: Proposals for a New American Role in the Middle East. A Lecture by Stephen Kinzer
Later in the evening, Stephen Kinzer delivered a solo lecture, "Upheaval as Opportunity: Proposals for a New American Role in the Middle East," in which he discussed promising - if challenging - opportunities for the US to pursue in its foreign policy towards the Middle East. Video of his lecture is available here.
Thursday, October 24 & Friday, October 25
American Mediation between Israel and the Palestinians: The First Time as Tragedy, the Second Time as Farce? A Lecture by Rashid Khalidi
The Center for Middle East Studies was honored to host Rashid Khalidi, Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, for a series of events that kicked off with his lecture on the evening of Oct. 24, which addressed the long and - in his view - deceitful history of US involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
A Panel Discussion with Rashid Kahlidi
On Friday, October 25, Prof. Khalidi brought his arguments before a panel of Korbel faculty members - Professors Tom Farer & Micheline Ishay. Videos from both events are available on our YouTube Channel.
Tuesday, October 22
The Crisis of Zionism: A Panel Discussion with Peter Beinart
Thursday, October 17
A Lecture by Rami Khouri, American University of Beirut
Friday, september 13
"The Crisis in Egypt: Liberalism, Islamism, and the Struggle for Democracy"
A Lecture by Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Law School
Discussant: Micheline Ishay
The Center for Middle East Studies at DU's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law at DU's Sturm College of Law hosted a discussion about Egypt's ongoing political turmoil with renowned Islamic legal scholar and democratic theorist Mohammad Fadel, whose lecture was followed by commentary from Micheline Ishay, Professor at the Korbel School.
Mohammad Fadel is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, where he is cross-appointed in the Faculty of Law, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles on Islamic legal history, international human rights, liberalism and democratic theory.
Thursday, April 25
"Challenging a Founding Amnesia and Working Towards a Decent Solution in Israel/Palestine" - A Lecture by Alan Gilbert with Discussant, Andrea Stanton
CMES was pleased to host an afternoon discussion with University of Denver John Evans Professor, Alan Gilbert. Professor Gilbert offered an insightful inquiry into the state of affairs in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based upon his recent experience in the West Bank last October with a delegation from the American civil rights movement. DU Religious Studies professor Andrea Stanton offered her thoughts as well.
Alan Gilbert is John Evans Professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. His many books include Democratic Individuality (1990), Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? (1999), and Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (2012). He blogs at Democratic Individuality. You can view Professor Gilbert's full lecture on our YouTube Channel.
Monday, April 15
"The Future of Iraq: A Kurdish Perspective," a Discussion with Dr. Fuad Hussein
CMES was proud to host Dr. Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to President Massoud Barzani of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, for a conversation with Dean Christopher Hill of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Dr. Hussein discussed the ongoing challenges facing Iraq and Iraqi Kurds as the nation continues to rebuild and democratize after nearly a decade of war and occupation.
Stay tuned for video of the conversation, filmed in the beautiful Renaissance Room.
Thursday, April 11
"Advocating for Civilians in Conflict," a Conversation with Sarah Holewinski
CMES was pleased to welcome Sarah Holewinski, Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict, for her talk on the programs her organization manages advocating for civilian rights in war-torn areas of the world.
Sarah Holewinski has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict since 2006. She has traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Lebanon, and Israel to lobby for smarter, more compassionate policies for war victims.
Wednesday, April 3
"Lessons from The Iraq War, 10 Years On"
Panel 1: 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Panel 2: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
On April 3rd, the Center for Middle East Studies, the Center on Rights Development, and the Sie-Cheou Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy hosted an afternoon of events commemorating, questioning, and analyzing the U.S. invasion of Iraq 10 years ago. Taking advantage of the beautiful main event space in the newly renovated Anderson Academic Commons, the panels of prominent scholars, policymakers, and military personnel engaged in an afternoon of discussion, debate, and reflection to mark the Iraq War's 10th anniversary.
Panelists included: Christopher Hill, Dean of the Korbel School and Ambassador to Iraq (2009-2010); Thabit A.J. Abdullah, Associate Professor of History at York University and author of Dictatorship, Imperialism & Chaos: Iraq since 1989 (2006) and A Short History of Iraq, from 636 to the Present (2011); General George Casey (Ret.), 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Commander of Multinational Force Iraq (2004-2007); General Charles Jacoby, Commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Lt. General Dana K. Chipman, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.
Video from Panel 1 is available on our YouTube channel.
Tuesday, April 2
"The Arab Spring and the Dynamics of Global Autocracy," a Lecture by Daniel Brumberg
Tuesday, April 2, 12:00 PM - Joy Burns Center
On April 2nd, CMES welcomed Dr. Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, for a lecture on the challenges facing the Middle East and the "global network of autocracies" in the wake of the "Arab Spring." The lecture took place in the Joy Burns Center of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, a first for CMES, and was followed by remarks by University Professor and former Dean of the Korbel School, Tom Farer.
Video from the event is available on our YouTube channel.
Tuesday, february 26
On February 26, 2013, the Center hosted Dr. Vali Nasr, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. As part of the official launch of the Center, Dr. Nasr gave a noon lecture on the policy implications of the Arab Spring. Dr. Nasr's remarks, shown below, received an excellent review and critique from Korbel student, Alison Lowe, on her blog, as well as a write-up on the Korbel website from Communications Director, David Proper.
Dr. Nasr's lecture is now being transcribed for publication as part of the Center's Occasional Paper Series. Stay tuned!