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Annual Conference

Each year the Center for Middle East Studies hosts a conference on one of the most pressing current event issues of that particular year. Our inaugural conference covered Syrian conflict, its origin and thoughts on the future. Our second conference covered the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. The most recent conference brought together experts to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement and the regional and global geopolitical challenges we now face. 

On this page you'll find the information and panel videos for each of our past conferences. 


US Foreign Policy after the Iran Nuclear Deal & the Changing Geopolitics
of the Middle East

May 2, 2016 | University of Denver | Josef Korbel School 

Opening Remarks:
Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School & Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies 

Panel 1: 
"US-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal—Contending Perspectives"
Keynote Speaker: Mohsen Milani (Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida)
Panelists: Gregory Gause (Texas A&M University) | Nader Hashemi (Josef Korbel School) | Christopher Hill (Josef Korbel School) 

Panel 2:
"The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry & the Changing Geopolitics of the Middle East"
Keynote Speaker: Gregory Gause (Texas A&M University) 
Panelists: Gary Grappo (CMES Distinguished Fellow & former U.S. Ambassador) | Mohsen Milani (Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies at the University of South Florida)



What Went Wrong? A Conference on Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition

September 12, 2014 | University of Denver | Josef Korbel School

Opening Remarks:
Amb. Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School & Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies

Panel 1:
The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's Democratic Transition
Mona El-Ghobashy (Independent Scholar) | Joshua Stacher (Kent State University) |Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution) | Emad El-Din Shahin (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Panel 2: 
Islamism, Liberalism & Democratic Theory: Lessons from Egypt's Failed Transition
Andrew March (Yale University) | Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto) | Daniel Brumberg (Georgetown University & the United States Institute of Peace) |Micheline Ishay (Josef Korbel School)

Panel 3:
Ideology, Mass Media, Popular Culture & the Public Sphere in Egypt: Explaining the Outbreak of Fascism
Mohamad Elmasry (University of North Alabama) | Joel Gordon (University of Arkansas) | Ellis Goldberg (University of Washington) | Abdullah Al-Arian (Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar)

Keynote Event:
Screening of Jehane Noujaim's Documentary Film THE SQUARE  
Panel Discussion featuring: Daniel Brumberg | Mona El-Ghobashy | Emad El-Din Shahin | Mohammad Fadel | Ellis Goldberg


Resolving the Syria Crisis:
An International Conference 

January 10-11, 2013 | University of Denver | Josef Korbel School

Panel 1: 
Surviving the Syrian Civil War - A Round Table Discussion on Civil Resistance amid Violent Conflict
Keynote Speaker: Oliver Kaplan (Josef Korbel School)
Panelists: Kristen Gillespie (journalist & activist) | Tamra Pearson d'Estree (Josef Korbel School)

Panel 2: 
Regional & Geopolitical Dimensions of the Syrian Crisis
Panelists: Ved Nanda (Sturm Law) |Mohammed Ayoob (Michigan State University) | Tom Farer (former Dean of the Josef Korbel School) | Ambassador Christopher Hill (current Dean of the Josef Korbel School and former Ambassador)

 

Panel 3:
The Assad Regime & the Evolving Dynamics of the Opposition: Who Supports Whom? What Do the Rebels Want?
Panelists: Erica Chenoweth (Josef Korbel School) | Thomas Pierret (University of Edinburgh) | Stephen Starr (freelance journalist) | Dr. Radwan Ziadeh (Executive Director for the Syrian Center for Political & Strategic Studies)

Panel 4:
What Might a Post-Assad Syria Look Like? Exploring Scenarios, Addressing Challenges
Panelists: Andrea Stanton (University of Denver) | Joshua Landis (University of Oklahoma) | Rafif Jouejati (Local Coordinating Committees of Syria)

Evening Keynote: 
The Syrian Crisis: What Is To Be Done?
Panelists: Kenneth Roth (Executive Director of Human Rights Watch) | Michael Ignatieff (former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada) | Richard Falk (Princeton University) | Rafif Jouejati (Local Coordinating Committees in Syria) | Nader Hashemi (CMES Director, Josef Korbel School)