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Event Videos

Here you will find videos from the year's events chronologically logged: lectures, panel discussions, and our annual conference.

winter quarter 2016

February 9 - Gary Grappo
"Five Uncomfortable Facts about the Middle East"

January 20 - Mia Bloom 
"Understanding the Appeal of ISIS" Keynote speaker for Islamophobia & Extremism in Perspective

Fall quarter 2015

December 8 - Roger Cohen
"The Future of American Diplomatic Leadership in the Middle East"
Co-sponsored with J-Street


November 23 - Joshua Landis, James Gelvin, Sarah Leah Whitson, Najib Ghadbian
"Debating Syria's Future"
Panel discussion at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting

November 22 - Amr Hamzawy, Emad Shahin, Amaney Jamal, Mona El-Ghobashy, Ellis Goldberg, Nathan Brown 
"Egypt - Intellectuals, Political Tyranny, and the Death of the Public Sphere"


October 20 - Rami Khouri
"How Regional Powers and Social Forces are Reconfiguring a Fractured Middle East"

September 23 - Wendy Pearlman
"Identity and Protest Cascades in Syria"


Spring Quarter 2015

May 22 - Emad Shahin 
"Orwellian Times in Egypt: Political Scientist Emad Shahin Discusses His Death Sentence, the Sisi Regime, & US Policy Towards Egypt"

April 30 - Ussama Makdisi
"Understanding Sectarianism - The History & Future of the Middle East's Gordian Knot"

April 8 - Ambassador Fred Hof & Rafif Jouejati - Colorado School of Mines
"The ISIS Crisis & the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy"

April 8 - Ambassador Fred Hof & Rafif Jouejati
"The ISIS Crisis & the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy"


April 6 - George Irani, with discussant Andrea Stanton
"Lebanon's Fragile Political Balance in Jeopardy"

March 9 - Nader Hashemi & Ramin Jahanbegloo
"Where is the Muslim Gandhi? A Conversation on Violence and Nonviolence in the Islamic World"

Winter Quarter 2015

January 22 - DU Faculty Panel with Nader Hashemi, Micheline Ishay, Tom Farer, Martin Rhodes, & Alan Gilbert
"The Charlie Hebdo Debate: Islam, Europe, Freedom of Expression, and the Antinomies of Liberalism"

January 21 - Adam Rovner
"Book Talk: In the Shadow of Zion - Promised Lands Before Israel"

Fall Quarter 2014

November 11 - Mohsen Milani
"The ISIS Crisis, Iran's Policy Toward Iraq & Syria, and the Iranian-Saudi Rivalry"

October 1 - Joshua Landis, Steven Heydemann, & Marwa Daoudy with Moderator Nader Hashemi
"Sectarianization: ISIS, the Syrian Conflict & the Future of the Middle East"

September 8 - Christopher Hill, Deborah Avant, & Nader Hashemi with moderator Danny Postel
"The ISIS Crisis: What Should the U.S. Do about the 'Islamic State'

September 3 - Sarah Woznick
"Gaza: A Nurse's Account of Working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)"

Spring Quarter 2014

May 13 - Gilbert Achcar with discussants Ira Chernus & Adam Rovner
"Panel Discussion on The Arabs & the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives"

May 12 - Gilbert Achcar with discussant Micheline Ishay
"The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising"

April 24 - Norman Finkelstein
The Israel Palestine Peace Process

April 4 - Chris Giannou and Nader Hashemi
"The Failure of the Post-Colonial State in the Middle East"

winter quarter 2014

March 4 - Larry Diamond, moderated by Suisheng (Sam) Zhao
"Is Democracy in Global Decline?" Co-hosted by the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation

February 18 - H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif and Amb. Christopher Hill
"A Conversation with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Islamic Republic of Iran"

January 15 - Nader Hashemi, Danny Postel, Marc Lynch, and Radwan Ziadeh
"Debating Syria with Contributors to The Syria Dilemma, " co-hosted by Teaching for Change, Busboys & Poets, Boston Review, the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), and the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies. 

January 15 - Nader Hashemi, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Jeremy Shapiro, and Najib Ghadbian
"Syria's Impasse: Expectations for Geneva II and Beyond," co-hosted by the New America Foundation 

January 14 - Eboo Patel, with discussant Claude D'Estree
"Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis," co-sponsored by the University of Denver's Department of Religious Studies and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. 

Fall quarter 2013

December 2 - Nader Hashemi, Ken Roth, Michael Walzer, & Bassel Korkor with moderator, Saskia Sassen
"The Syria Dilemma: A Critical Dialogue," co-hosted at Columbia University by CMES and Columbia's Committee on Global Thought. Co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch, Dissent Magazine, and Boston Review. 
November 13 - Mustafa Akyol with discussant, Joseph Szyiliowicz
"The State of Democracy in Turkey - Assessing Erdoğan and the Justice & Development Party" 

November 7 - Stephen Kinzer
"Upheaval as Opportunity: Proposals for a New American Role in the Middle East" 

November 7 - Stephen Kinzer, David Sanger, & Amb. Christopher Hill
"U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in the Twilight of the Obama Presidency" 

October 25 - Rashid Khalidi, Tom Farer, & Micheline Ishay
"A Panel Discussion with Rashid Khalidi on his Book, Brokers of Deceit" 

October 24 - Rashid Khalidi
"U.S. Mediation between Israel and the Palestinians: First Time as Tragedy, Second Time as Farce?" 

October 22 - Peter Beinart, with Alan Gilbert, David Goldfischer, & Jonathan Sciarcon
"The Crisis of Zionism - A Panel Discussion with Peter Beinart"

October 17 - Rami Khouri
"Has the Arab Spring Failed? The Continuing Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East" 

September 20 - Mohammad Fadel, with discussant Micheline Ishay
"The Crisis in Egypt: Liberalism, Islamism, and the Struggle for Democracy"

September 13 - Nader Hashemi, Chen Reis, Andrea Stanton, & Chen Reis, with moderator Danny Postel
"Making Sense of the Syria Crisis: A DU Faculty Teach-In"