Apr
20

MENA Salon: A Chemical Attack and Airstrikes in Syria

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Events in Syria over the past two weeks have ignited a diplomatic firestorm and raised a number of questions about action against the Syrian government. What were the airstrikes meant to accomplish? Will they alter the course of Syria’s Civil War? Will they have an impact on international relations and law? We will consider these … Continued

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Apr
13

MENA Salon: IDF Fires on Palestinians at the Gaza Border

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Apr
06

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Mar
23

MENA Salon: The Fate of the Iran Deal

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s removal from the Trump administration on March 13 has raised serious doubts about the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Tillerson’s likely replacement is CIA director Mike Pompeo, a staunch opponent of the agreement. In this week’s MENA Salon we will build upon last week’s discussion of nuclear non-proliferation in … Continued

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Mar
16

MENA Salon: A Nuclear Deal with Saudi Arabia?

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On March 2, a delegation led by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with Saudi officials in London. The parties opened discussions on a potential deal that would allow the Gulf state to purchase nuclear power plants from American contractors. The prospect of a nuclear cooperation agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia raises a … Continued

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Mar
02

MENA Salon: Press “Freedom” as Diplomacy: Turkish-German Relations

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On February 16, a court in Istanbul ordered the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel after 366 days of pre-trial detention. Yücel’s release, following months of lobbying by the German government, marks rare good news for jailed journalists in Turkey, which is now ranked the world’s worst jailer of journalists, with around 160 held in … Continued

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Mar
09

MENA Salon

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week’s topic.

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Feb
23

MENA Salon: Corruption in the Middle East

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

On February 13, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting $300,000 in bribes. Between November and January, the Saudi government detained 381 individuals and seized $106.6 billion as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. For its part, Iraq arrested 290 officials on corruption charges in 2017. What drives government corruption in the … Continued

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