Past Events

Kanan Makiya speaks at the microphone in front of the Crown Center banner

Kanan Makiya, senior fellow, speaks at a 2016 event

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2019

Nov. 6, 2019
Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi
Gökçe Günel, Sabbatical Fellow at the Crown Center and Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Rice University.

Oct. 23, 2019
The US and the Middle East in the Age of Trump
Steven Simon, Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College

Sept. 18, 2019
The Lived Nile: An Environmental History of Egypt
Jennifer L. Derr, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Sept. 4, 2019
The Middle East Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected
A conversation with Maryam Alemzadeh, Gökçe Günel, Pascal Menoret, Amy Singer, Naghmeh Sohrabi and David Siddhartha Patel

May 1, 2019
Are Separatists the New Spoilers in the Middle East?
Ariel I. Ahram ’01, Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech

April 11, 2019
Love and Fury: Trump Takes on North Korea and Iran (Audio available)
Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University 

April 3, 2019
Revolutionary Jews: The Politicization of the Iranian Jewish Communities in the Twentieth Century
Lior Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

March 27, 2019
Israel at the Polls, Again: Why? And Is Anything Really Changing?
Shai Feldman, Crown Family Director of the Crown Center
Eva Bellin, Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics at the Crown Center
Yehudah Mirsky, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at the Schusterman Center
Doron Shapir, MA candidate for International Economics and Finance in the Brandeis International Business School

March 21, 2019
Can Iran Be Stopped from Getting the Bomb? (Audio available)
Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution

March 20, 2019
Human Rights and the Global History of the Iranian Revolution
Roham Alvandi, Associate Professor of International History and Director of the IDEAS Cold War Studies Project at the London School of Economics and Political Science

March 6, 2019
From Dissertation to Published Book: A Conversation with Kate Wahl (Video available)
Kate Wahl, Editor-in-Chief of Stanford University Press

Feb. 6, 2019
Women's Movements and the Struggle over Jerusalem's Sacred Space
Lihi Ben Shitrit, Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens

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2018

Nov. 14, 2018
25 Years After Oslo: Why is Palestinian Support for the Two-State Solution the Lowest Since 1993?
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Oct. 31, 2018
Factions in Conversation: The Internal Track-II Dialogue in Iraq
Nussaibah Younis, Senior Adviser at the European Institute of Peace

Oct. 25, 2018
Arab Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre, and Decolonization
Yoav Di-Capua, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin
Co-sponsored with the History department

Sept. 5, 2018
Untold Stories of the Middle East (Audio available)
A conversation with Daniel Neep, Hind Ahmed Zaki, Yazan Doughan, Hayal Akarsu, Shai Feldman, and Naghmeh Sohrabi

April 18, 2018
The Locust and the Starling: An Environmental History of Borders in the Modern Middle East
Sam Dolbee, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

April 11, 2018
Cost of Governing: Morocco’s Party of Justice and Development after 2011
Mohammed Masbah, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

March 7, 2018
Prisons, Politics, and Public Life in Modern Iran
Golnar Nikpour, Neubauer Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

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2017

Nov. 15, 2017
Palestinian Public Opinion and the Viability of the Two-State Solution
Khalil Shikaki, Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

Nov. 1, 2017
Integration of the Middle East into China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

Nov. 1, 2017
A Doomed Israeli-Palestinian Love Story
Dorit Rabinyan, acclaimed author of All the Rivers

Oct. 25, 2017
The Truth about the Muslim Brothers
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Sept. 20, 2017
Empowering Believers: A Sociohistory of Islamism in Saudi Arabia

Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies

Sept. 10, 2017
Looking Back, Looking Forward: 100 Years of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

March 8, 2017
Erdogan's Turkey: Between ISIS, the Kurds, and the Gulen Movement
Mustafa Akyol, Turkish journalist and author

Feb. 15, 2017
Understanding Syria: A Teach-In

Jan. 25, 2017
Among the Righteous: Jews in Arab Lands during the Holocaust
Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy

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2016

Nov. 22, 2016
Saudi Arabia in a Chaotic Middle East
HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal

Oct. 13, 2016
Book Talk with Shadi Hamid, author of “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World”

Sept. 14, 2016
Beyond ISIS: What Should the Next U.S. President Know about the Middle East?

April 13, 2016
“The Rope” and the Trials of Iraq
Kanan Makiya, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

March 23, 2016
Nabil Ata Live Oud Performance

Feb. 2, 2016
Defeating ISIL
Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden

Jan. 20, 2016
Recent Palestinian-Israeli Violence: Is There a Way Out?

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2015

Dec. 2, 2015
After Paris: ISIS and U.S.

Oct. 1, 2015
In the Aftermath of the Nuclear Deal: The Middle East, Iran, the U.S. and Israel

Sept. 8, 2015
10th Anniversary Celebration

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2014

Nov. 20, 2014
Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?
Richard Cohen, Nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post

Oct. 30, 2014
After Gaza: Palestinian Politics in the Wake of the 2014 War
Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah and the Goldman Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Sept. 18, 2014
The Gaza Violence and the Future of Track II Diplomacy
Yair Hirschfeld

Aug. 27, 2014
Flashpoints in the Middle East

April 23, 2014
Saudi Arabia’s Emerging New Strategic Doctrine
Nawaf Obaid

April 2, 2014
Post-Qaddafi Libya: A Status Report
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

March 20, 2014
1914 and the History of the Middle East
Reassessing the First World War and its Impact on the Region

Feb. 12, 2014
Is Hezbollah Confronting a Crisis of Popular Legitimacy?
Eric Lob, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center and holds a PhD from Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies

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2013

Nov. 22, 2013
Book Release Celebration
Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Nov. 4, 2013
Tolerating Iran’s Religious Other: The Jewish Community in The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Dr. Mehrdad Amanat, author of Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Baha’i Faith

Oct. 9, 2013
The Other Peace Process: An Evening with Rabbi Ron Kronish ’68 and Kadi Iyad Zahalka
Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish, Founder and Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel
Kadi Iyad Zahalka, Presiding judge at the Sharia Court of the State of Israel in Jerusalem

Sept. 25, 2013
Crown Center Opening Event
The Syrian Catastrophe: Regional Implications

Sept. 18, 2013
Egypt After Morsi: A Briefing by Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly

April 24, 2013
The Coming Presidential Elections in Iran: Do they Matter?

Feb. 25, 2013
Secularism, Islamism, and the Politics of Defining Religious Freedom in Modern Egypt
Aria Nakissa, Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center

Jan. 16, 2013
The Upcoming Israeli Elections: Domestic and Regional Ramifications

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2012

Dec. 12, 2012
The Arab Uprisings at the Intersection of the Transnational and National
James L. Gelvin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles

Oct. 31, 2012
Gaza Statehood, PA Decline, and the One State Reality
Dr. Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah and a Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Sept. 13, 2012
The Crown Center Annual Opening Event: Celebrating the Crown and Goodman Families

Sept. 7, 2012
Playback Theater & Desert Roots: Journey of an Iranian Immigrant Family

April 3, 2012
The Two-State Solution: Is it Still Relevant? Debating Israel and Palestine

March 15, 2012
Being on the “Right Side of History”: Revolution in Early Islam
Dr. Lassner, Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University

March 1, 2012
A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism
Daniel L. Byman, Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and Senior Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution

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2011

Dec. 7, 2011
When we were partners’: Aspects of Israel-Iran relations during the 1948-68 period
Prof. Uri Bialer, Maurice B. Hexter Chair in International Relations-Middle Eastern Studies at the Department of International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Visiting Professor at Brandeis University

Nov. 17, 2011
How to Make a Revolution: A documentary on the revolutionary academic Gene Sharp
Discussion with Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution

Nov. 16, 2011
Is Iran's Economy Growing or Shrinking? Controversy over the IMF’s latest Economic Performance assessment
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University

Oct. 27, 2011
Reconsidering the Durability of Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Lessons from the Arab Spring
Eva Bellin, Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics at Brandeis University

Sept. 7, 2011
Recognition of Palestinian Statehood: A New Dawn or Another Debacle?

Sept. 1, 2011
Beyond the Arab Spring: A Discussion of Recent Developments

Feb. 15, 2011
Furor in the Arab Street: Tunisia, Egypt, and Beyond

Feb. 8, 2011
The Shah: A Book Talk with Prof. Abbas Milani

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2010

Nov. 17, 2010
The Return of the Avant-garde: Art and Architecture in Iran’s Street Politics
Talinn Grigor, Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary architecture in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University

Oct. 21, 2010
Brown Bag Seminar
Khalil Shikaki, Crown Center Senior Fellow and Director the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

Oct. 6, 2010
Brown Bag Seminar
Joshua W. Walker, Crown Center Junior Research Fellow and Fellow at the German Marshall Fund based in Washington, DC

Oct. 5, 2010
Crown-Belfer Middle East Program
Tzipi Livini, Israeli Opposition Leader and former Israeli Foreign Minister

Sept. 29, 2010
Crown-Belfer Middle East Program
Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister

Sept. 1, 2010
Round Table: Hot Topics in the Middle East

April 28, 2010
Iraq After the Elections
Kanan Makiya, Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

April 23-26, 2010
Under the Skin: The Films of Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

March 23, 2010
Leadership in Saudi Arabia: Missing an Opportunity?
Philip Robins, Oxford University Lecturer in Politics and Fellow at St. Anthony’s College

Feb. 9, 2010
Israel, the Palestinians, and the One-State Agenda
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) and Executive Director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership

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2009

Nov. 13, 2009
Fatah and Hamas: a Decade of Love-Hate Relations
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

Nov. 13, 2009
Iran: Women and the 2009 Election
Rakhshan Bani Etemad, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker

Oct. 20, 2009
“Talk to an Iraqi”: From Iraq to America and Surviving to Talk About It
Haider Hamza, Journalist

Oct. 15, 2009
Israel in the Changing Middle East
Dan Meridor, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Intelligence & Atomic Energy

Oct. 14, 2009
Middle East Politics: Present and Future

Oct. 8, 2009
Obama’s Mideast Policy: Reflections on the Basis of the Recently Published “Myths, Illusions, and Peace” by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky
David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Sept. 23, 2009
The Military and the State in the Middle East: Revisiting political, economic, and social roles and impacts
Yezid Sayigh, Crown Center Senior Fellow and Professor of Middle East Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London

Aug. 27, 2009
What’s Up in the Middle East

April 22, 2009
Change We Can Believe In? The June Presidential Elections in Iran
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Assistant Director for Research at the Crown Center

Feb. 25, 2009
Why the 15 Hijackers? Understanding Islamist militancy in Saudi Arabia
Thomas Hegghammer, Research Fellow Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, Harvard University

Jan. 14, 2009
The Tragedy in Gaza: Competing Narratives
Amaney Jamal, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Robert Art, Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations

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2008

Nov. 13, 2008
The Utility of Targeted Financial Measures to Deal with Iran
Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Terrorism, Intelligence and Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Nov. 12, 2008
What Next in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah

Oct. 22, 2008
Central at the Periphery: Non-Muslims in the Turkish Republic
Howard Eissenstat, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crown Center and Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University

Sept. 10, 2008
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran
Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University

Aug. 28, 2008
What’s going on in the Middle East?
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Assistant Director for Research at the Crown Center
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East
Lawrence Rubin, Lecturer on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics

March 25, 2008
How are Arab Oil-Exporting Countries Investing their Petrodollars?
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

April 9, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

March 5, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
Asher Susser, Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics

Feb. 12, 2008
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
Kanan Makiya, Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Feb. 7, 2008
Israel’s Place in the “New” Middle East
Asher Susser, Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics

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2007

Dec. 5, 2007
All in the Family? Voices of Dissent in Post-1991 Saudi Arabia
Ondrej Beranek, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crown Center

Dec. 1-2, 2007
One Land, Two Peoples: 60 Years Since the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine

Nov. 14, 2007
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Research Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

Nov. 2-3, 2007
Iranian Underground Music: Conference and Concert

Oct. 20-21, 2007
The Middle East Today: New Perspectives on a Changing Landscape

Oct. 3, 2007
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Question of Democracy
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Research Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies

Sept. 6, 2007
Challenges Facing the Next U.S. President
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Research Fellow at the Crown Center
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Assistant Director for Research at the Crown Center

Sept. 4, 2007
Crown Center Open House

July 8-11, 2007
Brandeis in the Berkshires
Institute: International Law and Disorder in the Middle East

July 7-8, 2007
Brandeis in the Berkshires
Symposium: Middle East Briefing: An Insider’s View

April 22, 2007
Fence, Wall, Border
Director Eli Cohen

April 17, 2007
Bridging Across the Divide: Peacebuilding in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Edy Kaufman, Co-Director of the Partners in Conflict and Partners in Peacebuilding Projects at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland

March 20, 2007
Iran: Domestic Developments and Strategic Impact
Carol Saivetz, Research Associate at the Davis Center for Russian Studies and Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crown Center

March 14, 2007
From Lebanon to Tehran: A Middle East Update
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

March 9, 2007
Sounds of Silence: the Underground Iranian Music Scene
Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz, Directors

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2006

Nov. 14, 2006
Israel and Palestine: Towards Another Explosion?
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah
Mohammed Samhouri, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Nov. 11-12, 2006
War in Iraq: Regional Ramifications

Nov. 7, 2006
Impact of Palestinian Domestic Dynamics on Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah

Nov. 7, 2006
Targets: Reporters in Iraq
Maziar Bahari, Director

Nov. 6, 2006
Iran Today: Combating Drug Addiction and HIV/AIDS
Film Screening: Mohammad and the Matchmaker (2004) and Methadone in Iran (2006)

Oct. 10, 2006
The Middle East After the War in Lebanon: An Egyptian Perspective
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo

Sept. 13, 2006
The Hezbollah-Israel War & Its Regional Impact
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

Sept. 6, 2006
The Hezbollah-Israel War: What's Next
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Senior Fellow, Crown Center and Director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo
Charles Radin, Specialist on Religion and Society at the Boston Globe

July 8-9, 2006
Brandeis in the Berkshires
Symposium: Crises and Change in the Middle East

July 9-12, 2006
Brandeis in the Berkshires
Institute: Is Democracy the “Right Answer” for the Middle East?

June 25-27, 2006
The Middle East 2006: Reform, Insurgency, and Proliferation
The 7th Annual GCSP, RAND, and Crown Center Conference in Gstaad, Switzerland

June 20, 2006
Iran and Its Nuclear Efforts: A Briefing by the Crown Center
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Crown Center

April 6, 2006
Update from Beirut
Habibi Malik, Lebanese American University

March 21, 2006
Demography and Politics in the Middle East: Looking to the Future of Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Leonard Saxe, Director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Sergio DellaPergola, Visiting Scholar at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center

Feb. 28, 2006
Considerations in Determining Israel’s Boundaries
Dan Rothem, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation

Feb. 16, 2006
Why Iran Moved from Khatami to Ahmadinejad and from Detente to Defiance
Siamak Namazi, Atieh Bahar Consulting in Tehran

Feb. 13, 2006
Hamas’ Electoral Victory and the Upcoming Israeli Elections
Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center
Menachem Klein, Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University
Ghaleb Darabya, Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government

Jan. 4, 2006
Israel and the Palestinians: Where Do We Go from Here
Jill Sinclair, Canadian Representative to the Middle East Peace Process

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2005

Nov. 10, 2005
A Koret Guest Lecture Series Seminar
Conversing with Suicide Bombers: Insights from Interviews
Yoram Schweitzer, Research Associate at Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies

Nov. 9, 2005
A Koret Guest Lecture Series Seminar
Avoiding a Bloodbath: Negotiating Israel’s Disengagement
Moty Cristal, IDF General Staff’s Crisis Negotiations Unit and PhD candidate at the London School of Economics

Oct. 26, 2005
Israeli-Palestinian Relations: The Next Steps
Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center
Khalil Shikaki, Senior Fellow at the Crown Center
Shlomo Brom, Guest Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Ghaleb Darabya, Former Counselor for Political and Congressional Affairs with the Palestinian National Authority

Oct. 19-20, 2005
Israel and the Palestinians: The Road Ahead
Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Ambassador to the United States

May 10, 2005
A Discussion with Ambassador Peter Ford
Peter Ford, British Ambassador to Syria

April 4-5, 2005
Inaugural Conference