Event Date: 
Wed, 07/16/2014
12:00 - 13:00

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The Middle East Institute is pleased to welcome Syrian researcher and activist Samir Altaqi for a discussion about the collapse of the Syrian state amid civil war and the likelihood of a resolution to the conflict.

The Fractured Caliphate

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has been the focus of most media attention since its series of military victories in Iraq, but it is not the greatest threat to the Iraqi state, says Amb. Robert Ford. Rather, the success of the organization is a symptom of a deeper problem: the unresolved issue of the Sunni Arab community's future in Iraq.

Sectarian Violence in Indonesia

Religious pluralism has been under threat and sectarianism on the rise during the ten-year (2004-2014) tenure of outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Carool Kersten explains how local and regional authorities condone (and sometimes even stimulate) intimidation and hate crimes.

Event Date: 
Thu, 07/10/2014
10:00 - 11:30

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What is the relationship between diplomacy and religion in the Middle East? What are the scope and limits for cooperation between clerics and diplomats? How can religion and diplomacy work together on specific problems such as Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Israeli-Palestinian issues? Why have Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry given new emphasis to the role of religion in diplomacy, especially in the Middle East?

The Dangers When Syria's Foreign Fighters Return to Europe

Westerners who have joined the ranks of radical groups fighting in Syria have been likened to time bombs—and in May one of them exploded in Brussels. Jamie Dettmer explains the importance of balancing preventive measures and the rights of domestic Muslim communities.

Egyptian Labor and the State

Nadine Abdalla explains why the establishment of new trade unions that are truly representative of the labor force would reduce the proliferation of protests and allow labor to bargain more successfully.

Turkey and the ISIS Challenge

With the Syrian civil war raging and the ISIS offensive in northern Iraq creating a fresh crisis, Turkey is dealing with new security, political, and economic challenges. Gonul Tol answers questions about how Turkey is responding to its predicament.

Iran’s Moment of Truth with Maliki

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is suddenly fighting for his political life and the country of Iraq. Maliki has been a solid friend of Iran, but rapidly shifting realities inside Iraq can turn him into an expendable ally. Alex Vatanka examines the responses of Iranian moderates and hawks to Iraq's ISIS crisis.

Palestine at the Center of Israel-Turkey Trade

The 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, in which Israel intercepted the Turkish ship bound for Gaza carrying aid, killing ten activists, soured relations between the two countries for several years. With those ties now on the mend, Geoffrey Aronson explores the potential for trade agreements, particularly between Turkey and the West Bank and Gaza.

The Science of Preserving Egypt’s Cultural Heritage

A digital replica of King Tut’s tomb recently opened in Luxor's Valley of the Kings, putting Egypt at the heart of new technologies aimed to encourage tourism while preserving original heritage sites. Maria Golia discusses the project, plans for more replicas, and how such initiatives can help Egypt's flagging tourism industry.