Oct
12

MENA Salon: Yemen’s Continuing War

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council, overriding the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, voted to continue an investigation by a panel of international experts into the war in Yemen. This comes in the wake of a recent cholera outbreak, with roughly 10,000 new cases each week, and increasing civilian casualties. The … Continued

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Oct
05

MENA Salon, Troubled times for Iran

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Two weeks ago, a parade of the Revolutionary Guards was attacked by undercover militants in the city of Ahvaz, which resulted in dozens of casualties. In addition to various groups claiming responsibility for the attacks, Iran’s leaders were quick to accuse Gulf countries and the US as the perpetrators of the attack, and threatened to … Continued

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Sep
28

MENA Salon, 25 Years On: The Legacy of the Oslo Accords

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the first Oslo Accords. The historic handshake exchanged between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, under the supervision of US President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, was anticipated to provide a timeline for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Yet, the mutual political will demonstrated during … Continued

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Sep
21

MENA Salon: Egypt Five Years After Rabaa

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

August 15th marked the fifth anniversary of the massacre at Cairo’s Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which Egyptian security forces killed at least 800 people. An Egyptian court on Saturday September 8 issued its final verdict upholding the death sentences of 75 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters for their participation in the Rabaa and Nahda … Continued

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Sep
14

MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and … Continued

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Sep
07

MENA Salon: Turkey’s Economic Turbulence and Rift with US

3 - 4 p.m.
Stephens Hall 340

Chronic problems of the Turkish economy resurfaced before and after the anticipated presidential election in June, which for many was going to mark the beginning of a new era. It was assumed that the reelection of Erdogan may calm financial markets. But after the spat between US and Turkey over the fate of North Carolina … Continued

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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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