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Fall 2016 Events

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Stephen Walt, "What Grand Strategy for America?: Why Offshore Balancing is Best”

September 29, 2016

6:00 p.m, McGuinn 121

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. He has been a Resident Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has also served as a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the National Defense University. He presently serves on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies, and he also serves as Co-Editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, published by Cornell University Press. Additionally, he was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.

Phyllis Bennis, "The Crisis in Syria"

October 11, 2016

Time and location TBD.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). She directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS, working as a writer, activist and analyst on Middle East and UN issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001 she helped found and remains active with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She works with many anti-war organizations, and writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world as part of the global peace movement. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues.

This event is co-sponsored with the History Department.

Shadi Hamid, "Islamic Exceptionalism"

October 13, 2016

6:00 p.m., McGuinn 121

Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and the author of the new book "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World" (St. Martin's Press). His previous book “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East” (Oxford University Press) was named a Foreign Affairs "Best Book of 2014." Hamid served as director of research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. Prior to joining Brookings, he was director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Hamid is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and the vice-chair of POMED's board of directors.

This event is also a book signing for his recent book of the same name.

Rumi Night on the Heights

October 14, 2016

This event is co-sponsored with Theology Deptartment.

Derrick Dortch, "Careers in Government and International Relations"

October 17, 2016

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Stokes S195  

Derrick T. Dortch is President of The Diversa Group, a global management and strategic consulting firm providing advice, services, and solutions to organizations and individuals to assist them achieve success. He is also the Director of Career Services at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC and the former Assistant Director for Georgetown University's Career Education Center.

Kanan Makiya, "The Rope: The Failure of Iraq after Saddam"

November 10, 2016

6:00 p.m., McGuinn Auditorium

Kanan Makiya is the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. He is the author of Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq  and The Rope. In 2003, he founded the Iraq Memory Foundation, a NGO based in Baghdad and the US dedicated to issues of remembrance, violence and identity formation. The Memory Foundation has collected and digitized nearly 10 million pages of Ba'th era documents and has been supported by both the Iraqi and US Governments and well as many foundations.

Tzvi Langermann, "On Maimonides"

12:00 p.m., McGuinn 3rd floor lounge

Tzvi Langermann is a professor in the Department of Arabic, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.