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WorldDenver & Center for Middle East Studies Partnership


Thanks to the generosity of the Global Peace and Development Charitable Trust, the Center for Middle East Studies and WorldDenver are entering our second year of a successful programming partnership. 

WorldDenver is a non-profit community organization dedicated to advancing a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures, and the mission of this organization is deeply similar to our own mission of elevating the conversation on the Middle East, and engaging our local community with public events with high-caliber experts on the politics of the region. 

This partnership hosted four successful events in the 2015-16 calendar year, and is gearing up for year two. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our events page. 

2017 events

MadawiApril 5 - "Saudi Arabia & the Challenges of the Arab Uprisings"
Madawi Al-Rasheed

Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE and Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. She was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King's College, London between 1994 and 2013. Previously, she was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. She also taught at Goldsmith College (University of London) and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.

Professor Al-Rasheed joined the Center for Middle East Studies for several events including a lunchtime lecture to DU students, faculty, and community members, a Middle East Dialogues session, a Majlis panel discussion, and World Denver sponsored breakfast. 

2016 Events

barkeyOctober 4 - "Turkey after the Coup Attempt: Costly Domestic Consequences & International Challenges"
Henri Barkey

Dr. Henri Barkey is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.  He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff and is the former chair of the international relations department at Lehigh University.  His books include Reluctant Neighbor: Turkey's Role in the Middle East (1997), Turkey's Kurdish Question (1998), and Turkey and the Arab Spring (2011).  

Dr. Barkey joined the Center for Middle East Studies for several wonderful events, including a lunchtime lecture on campus for over 100 students, staff and community members. In the evening, he joined the WorldDenver audience of over 200 for an evening lecture on Turkey's role in the Middle East and it's status after the summer coup attempt. 

jibrilSeptember 16 - "Making Sense of Libya Today"
Mahmoud Jibril

Mahmoud Jibril served as Libya's interim Prime Minister during the Libyan Civil War, chairing the executive board of the National Transitional Council from 5 March to 23 October 2011, and served as the country's Head of International Affairs.  Since July 2012, he has headed the National Forces Alliance, one of the main political parties in Libya.  He holds a doctorate in political science, strategic planning and foreign policy from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Center for Middle East Studies and WorldDenver are grateful to the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures for partnering with us to bring former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril to our campus and to the city of Denver. WorldDenver hosted an intimate breakfast conversation with Mr. Jibril in downtown Denver, and the Center for Middle East Studies and the Pardee Center hosted a fascinating conversation between Mr. Jibril and Korbel's Dean Christopher Hill for students and staff at 12pm. 

community memberAugust 16 - "Understanding the Muslim Community in Colorado" 

This event aimed to create an opportunity for a broader dialogue and greater mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslim people in Denver by exposing attendees to a variety of voices from within the community itself, discussing topics such as the diversity and structure of the Muslim community, the political, social, and civic participation of Muslims, and the successes and challenges of living as a minority population in Denver.

Panel included: Iman Jodeh (Executive Director for Meet the Middle East); Imam Ali (Director of the North East Denver Islamic Center); Hamideh Etemadnia (Denver Regional Council of Governments); Obeid Kaifo (Syrian American Council Colorado)

grappoJune 7 - "Saudi Arabia's Relationship with Gulf State Neighbors"
Ambassador Gary Grappo

Ambassador Gary Grappo was Envoy and Head of Mission for The Quartet in Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador to Oman, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Charge d'Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, and Director of Regional Affairs for the State Department's Near East Bureau in Washington. He is now a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Middle East Studies and we are thrilled to have him on board. 

rossJanuary 20 - "US Policy Challenges in the Middle East - A Talk by Dennis Ross" 
Ambassador Dennis Ross 

Ambassador Dennis Ross is Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was the point man on the Middle East peace process in the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, and served as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His latest book is Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.
We were fortunate to have Tom Farer as discussant for this event. Tom is currently University Professor at DU, former Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and author of the book Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservativism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy.

2015 Events

robinSeptember 11 - "The Iran Deal & US Foreign Policy - A Conversation with Robin Wright" 
Robin Wright  

Robin Wright is an award-winning journalist and author who has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents. She is currently a Contributing Writer for The New Yorker  and a joint fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the United States Institute of Peace. She is the editor of The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy, which is both a book and the world's most comprehensive website on Iran.

She is the author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World (which won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for "Best Book on International Affairs"), The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are, among other books.

 gallucci June 9 - "From Iran to Pakistan to North Korea: Nuclear Weapons are Back"
Ambassador Robert Gallucci 

Ambassador Gallucci is currently Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where he also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service for 13 years. As Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, he dealt with the threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission overseeing the disarmament of Iraq following the first Gulf War.