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Geneive Abdo |
Geneive Abdo is a correspondent for The Boston Globe focusing on Middle East issues.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Argo" | 04/03/13
"Argo," which tells the story of a creative and daring escape from revolution-era Iran, won the Oscar for Best Picture and was a resounding commercial and critical success. Yet the film has angered diplomats and governments from New Zealand to Iran. Was "Argo" too well done for its own good?
Behind the Headlines--After the Israeli Elections: A New Chapter or More of the Same? | 02/25/13
Why were the recent Israeli elections results so different from expectations? Why were the main issues domestic ones, with little attention paid to Iran or the Palestinian situation? For answers to these questions and more, look to Yoram Peri's expert analysis of the complexities of Israeli politics and concerns.
Report from the Middle East | 02/14/13
Charles D. Freilich
Chuck Freilich's knowledgeable talk gives us an overview of the primary forces at work today in the Middle East--and some potential outcomes. He also provides an insider's analysis of Israel's politics and prospects.
Going to Tehran: Prospects for U.S.-Iranian Engagement | 01/30/13
Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett
Americans' view of Iran as an illegitimate system in imminent danger of overthrow is wrongheaded, wishful thinking, say the Leveretts. The U.S. needs to come to terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, not as a favor to Iran, but to save its own position in the Middle East and avert another war. Nixon went to China. Obama needs to go to Iran.
Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons | 01/24/13
What if everything we believe about nuclear weapons is wrong? "Reexamine the facts and you'll see that the arguments for nuclear weapons aren't powerful; they're preposterous. They are an unpersuasive collection of wishful thinking held together by nothing more than fear and rationalization."
Prospects for U.S.-Iran Relations | 01/03/13
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, David C. Speedie
Iran and the U.S. have a long list of common interests, including Afghanistan, stability in Iraq, and fighting drug trafficking. A good way to start creating trust between the two nations would be to cooperate on these issues, instead of always focusing on divisive ones like nuclear capability.
The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics | 12/14/12
Paul Bracken, Joanne J. Myers
In the Cold War, the path to nuclear war always led through Moscow and Washington. In the second nuclear age the triggers to nuclear war are in Tel Aviv, Islamabad, Pyongyang, and in the future possibly Tehran, and possibly in other places too, because you can start a nuclear war even if you don't have nuclear weapons.
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future | 11/30/12
Karen Elliott House, Joanne J. Myers
Drawing on over 30 years of experience of reporting on Saudi Arabia, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Elliott House takes us behind the scenes in this secretive Kingdom--a country ruled by a coterie of princes with an average age of 77, where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 20.
Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad | 10/23/12
David W. Lesch, Joanne J. Myers
David W. Lesch has traveled to Syria repeatedly since 1989 and met President Bashar al-Assad several times in the mid-2000s. He discusses the conflict in the influential Middle Eastern nation, why an American intervention is a dangerous idea, and why Assad has cracked down so absolutely.
MEK: When Terrorism Becomes Respectable | 10/17/12
David C. Speedie
The Iranian group Mujahedin-e Khalq [MEK] has been on the U.S. global terrorist list since 1997. So just why has the U.S. State Department removed it from the list?
Is the World Becoming More Peaceful? | 10/05/12
Steven Pinker, Robert D. Kaplan
In this vigorous discussion, two leading thinkers in global affairs--Harvard professor Steven Pinker and "Atlantic" correspondent Robert D. Kaplan--take on the subject of world peace, a core interest of Carnegie Council.
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia | 10/02/12
Pankaj Mishra, Joanne J. Myers
Pankaj Mishra explores the little-known history of the first generation of Asian intellectuals, such as China's Liang Qichao and the Persian political activist al-Afghani, and discusses how their ideas influenced Asia's postcolonial state-building programs.
America in the 21st Century: A View from the Arab World | 09/17/12
The key is still the Arab-Israeli conflict, says Muasher. "The U.S. is not going to be able to regain its credibility in the region if it tells the Arab public that 'If you are Egyptians or Tunisians or Syrians or Libyans yearning for freedom, we are with you, but if you are Palestinians yearning for freedom, it's complicated.'"
Syria and the Arab Spring: Unintended Consequences? | 08/30/12
David C. Speedie
It is easy to seek to add Assad to the list of toppled despots, from Tunisia to Egypt to Yemen to Libya. But it would be advisable to take a cautionary look at some recent developments, both directly linked to the crisis in Syria, and/or fallout from the earlier regime changes in the Arab world.
U.S.-Iran Relations: Exiting the Cul de Sac? | 07/19/12
David C. Speedie
Leading a coalition in a relentless campaign of sanctions against Iran, the U.S. has the upper hand. Therefore it should make the first move to break through the current impasse, says David Speedie. As first steps towards normal relations, he suggests some things that the U.S. ought NOT to do.
The Arab Spring: Unfinished Business | 07/02/12
Robert Malley, Joanne J. Myers
What should we make of Egypt's new president? What should the United States do in Syria? What is the future of the Palestine-Israel conflict? International Crisis Group's Robert Malley tries to make sense of a confusing time in the Middle East and North Africa.
Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World | 04/20/12
Sadakat Kadri, Joanne J. Myers
In the wake of the terrorist attacks and wars of the last decade, for many non-Muslims "shari'a" has become both a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation. But the history and practice of shari'a is actually complex and varied, as Sadakat Kadri discovers.
Human Rights Watch World Report 2012 | 04/17/12
Kenneth Roth, Joanne J. Myers
How have governments responded to the recent events in Libya, Syria, Egypt, and other countries such as Bahrain? Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch gives a masterly analysis of international reactions, including those of the U.S., France, India, China, Russia, Turkey, and the Arab League.
Iran: A Diplomatic Solution | 03/19/12
Thomas R. Pickering
In this knowledgeable and detailed talk, Ambassador Pickering cuts through the current hysteria about Iran, stressing that we still have time for diplomacy. In fact it may finally be the right moment for both sides to engage in constructive talks.