Israel’s Natural Gas Sector

Israel has discovered enormous offshore fields of natural gas in the past few years. Will these discoveries make the country a major supplier to its neighbors and improve regional relationships? Michael Hochberg discusses current deals, obstacles, and opportunities.

Video: Lebanon’s Presidential Elections

Paul Salem explains why Lebanon's parliament has been unable to select a new president after a month of failed attempts in this short video interview. He also discusses the short and long term obstacles to political reform in Beirut, and what that means for a nation weathering the storm of the Syrian conflict next door. Read also: Scenarios of Change and Possibilities of Reform in Lebanon

The Political Process in Libya
Event Date: 
Wed, 05/14/2014
12:00 - 13:00

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The Middle East Institute's Louis R. Hughes Lecture Series is pleased to present John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), for a discussion about his agency's work conducting oversight of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Drawing on his experience with SIGAR's oversight work and reflections from his recent travels to Afghanistan, Special Inspector General Sopko will discuss the challenges the reconstruction effort faces during this pivotal year of transition and the drawdown of U.S. and Coalition forces.

The Syria Conflict and Salafis and Jihadis in Lebanon

In this MEI Policy Paper, Mona Alami addresses the Syrian war's effects on Lebanon against the backdrop of exacerbated sectarian tensions and political-religious instability. In addition to a discussion of the recent rise of Lebanese Salafis and jihadis, Alami provides recommendations that Lebanese groups and the Lebanese government can act upon to mitigate the crisis.

The Algerian Elections and the Status Quo

Frédéric Volpi argues that Abdelaziz Bouteflika's win in the Algerian presidential elections will entrench the status quo and allow regime elites to find a suitable replacement for him via the soon-to-be-created position of vice president.

Abu Dhabi’s New Approach to Cultural Diplomacy
Fighting Hepatitis C in Egypt

Hepatitis C (HCV), a blood-transmitted virus attacking the liver, counts nearly 12 million Egyptians as its victims. Preventing the spread of the disease is straightforward, but awareness is key. Maria Golia reports on Egyptian state, private sector, and civil society programs combating the epidemic.

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/24/2014
12:00 - 13:00

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Cultural racketeering, the systematic theft of art and antiquities by organized crime, has increased at Egyptian archaeological sites by as much as 1000% in the past three years, with devastating consequences for the country's priceless cultural heritage.

Shifting Allegiances: The Israel-Gaza-Egypt Triangle

In the post-Mubarak period, relations between Israel, Gaza, and Egypt have shifted. Geoffrey Aronson argues that Hamas now finds itself in dire straits as Egypt has turned its back on it, Fatah hopes to overtake it, and Israel only wants to prevent its total collapse to maintain security.