* The talk will be followed by a reception (2-4 pm)
Andrew Mango will discuss Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his legacy on Turkey today. Mango's talk is particularly timely as we approach the 125th anniversary of Ataturk's birth and the 83rd anniversary of the proclamation of the republic.
Ami Ayalon, Member of the Israeli Knesset
In recent decades, terms such as "Islamic fundamentalism," "Islamic activism," and "Islamic radicalism" have been used to describe the phenomenon of contemporary political Islam. Some observers have re-invented the term "Islamism," which has been used to mean Islam. Ousmane Kane will discuss several notions: that Islamism is a new phenomenon, that "Islamists" are primarily Salafi, and that Islamist movements are irrational and violent.
Ousmane Kane is an associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia. He received his master's in Islamic studies at the Sorbonne nouvelle in 1985 and his Ph.D from Sciences Po, Paris, in 1993. He received fellowships from Yale, the University of London, Northwestern University, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin. He is the author of Muslim Modernity in Postcolonial Nigeria (2003), Intellectuels non europhones (2003), and Islam et islamisme au Sud du Sahara (with Jean-Louis Triaud, 1998).
An evening with Columbia University alumnus and New York Times Chief Military Correspondent Michael Gordon
Presented in cooperation with the SIPA International Security Policy Concentration and the student organizations Media and Communications in War and Peace and U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University.
Mr. Gordon will be speaking on the planning, buildup, and initial execution of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His new book, written with retired Marine Lt General Bernard Trainor, is well on its way to becoming the authoritative history of the lead-up to U.S. operations in Iraq. Who were the players and what were their views and decisions? How did plans translate into actions in the Area of Operations, and what were the results on the ground? Please join us for a very well informed analysis.
This event will be moderated by Robert George, Associate Editorial Page Editor at the New York Post and blogger (www.raggedthots.blogspot.com).
"Cobra II" will be available for purchase and Mr. Gordon will sign copies of his book.
A special event featuring Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator and former Turkish Minister of Finance
Presented in cooperation with the SIPA Turkish Initiative and the International Economic Policy Concentration
Commentary by Lisa Anderson, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, and Akbar Noman, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Kemal Dervis started as the new head of the United Nations Development Program on August 15, 2005. He is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, program and departments working on development issues.
Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Dervis was a member of the Turkish Parliament representing Istanbul (Nov 2002-June 2005) and was Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury (Mar 2001-Aug 2002) responsible for Turkey's recovery program after the devastating financial crisis that hit the country in February 2001.
He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D from Princeton University. From 1973 to 1977 he was a member of the economics faculties of the Middle East Technical University and then Princeton University. In 1977 he joined the World Bank, where he worked until he returned to Turkey in 2001.
The UNDP Administrator is the third highest ranking official in the United Nations System after the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. He is appointed by the Secretary-General and confirmed by the General Assembly for a term of four years.
Although Egyptian judges have been tasked with supervising elections since 1956, it was only in 2005 that they launched a concerted and high-profile mobilization for full and meaningful supervision. Why was 2005 different? And will all future Egyptian elections feature judicial collective action on the same scale as 2005? Mona El-Ghobashy will discuss the 2005 Egyptian elections, exploring the dynamic relationship between the judiciary, the executive, and the public at a time of political ferment in Egypt.
Mona El-Ghobashy is an instructor in the political science department at Columbia. Her work on Egyptian politics has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Transparency International's Global Corruption Report 2004. Her article "Egypt's Paradoxical Elections" appears in the spring 2006 issue of Middle East Report.
A special film screening
Presented in cooperation with the Columbia student group SAFAA
Please join us for a screening of "Persepolis Recreated," a documentary by Iranian filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian, which features extraordinary reconstructions of Persepolis, the most spectacular palace of ancient Achaemenid Iran, before it was destroyed by Alexander the Great’s conquering army more than two thousand years ago. The film includes commentary from renowned scholars from France, the United States and Iran, and has received wide acclaim throughout the United States and Europe.
A special screening of six short Turkish documentaries Presented in cooperation with the SIPA Turkish Initiative, Turkish Students Association, and the Light Millennium
This special screening will be an opportunity to all students and scholars as well as all interested people to see these short documentaries, representing diverse approaches in terms of concept and style, as well as to meet with the six Turkish guest producers and directors. They include Mustafa Ünlü (“The Old Town’s Newsmen”), Nurdan Arca (“Time Capsules”), Sehbal Senyurt (“The Adyghe: The Exodus of the Circassian People”), Murad Özdemir (“Tinkos Fish Tinkos”), Ersan Ocak (“Ankara – an experimental documtary”), and Ozgur E. Arik (“Ribat”). Entry is free of charge, and open to general public.
A brown bag talk with Jane Arraf, Senior Baghdad Correspondent for CNN
Presented in cooperation with the SIPA International Media and Communication Concentration
Jane Arraf has seen Iraq through sanctions, crises, and the ongoing war. Her experience in the frontlines and interactions with soldiers and civilians from both sides provide her a valuable on-the-ground perspective.
Arraf will discuss the constraints of reporting from Iraq and how the gathering of information has changed since the war. She will comment on the implications of these media constraints on U.S. foreign policy and on public perception of the war, and will also touch on the ever-important and sometimes controversial relationship between the military and the media, as well as on the impact of the growing local media.
Jane Arraf is the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is currently on leave from CNN where she has been Baghdad Bureau Chief and Senior Baghdad Correspondent. Arraf joined CNN in 1998 as its first permanent Baghdad Baghdad Bureau Chief and was for several years the only Western correspondent based in Iraq. She has covered Iraq through crisis, sanctions, and the continuing war. She moved to Istanbul, Turkey as CNN Bureau Chief in 2001, returning to Baghdad as Bureau Chief in 2002.
Before joining CNN, Arraf worked as a reporter for Reuters Financial Television in Washington, D.C. where her assignments included covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the Treasury Department. She also served as Reuters Bureau Chief in Jordan from 1990 to 1993, and has worked as a Reuters correspondent in Montreal and Reuters correspondent/desk editor in New York and Washington D.C. Arraf reported extensively from Iraq for Reuters after the 1991 Gulf War. Other reporting assignments included India, Haiti and Bosnia. She studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.
A brown bag talk and discussion with David Menashiri
The Islamic regime in Iran since the Revolution has seen western influence as a major threat, viewing the U.S. as the "Great Satan" and calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. Although some lessening of hostility could be discerned under Khatami, moderate voices were frustrated with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, 2005.
What does the regime gain from Ahmedinejad’s radical statements? What is behind the Iran-U.S. talks over Iraq? What is Iran’s nuclear policy? Addressing these and other questions, David Menashiri will explore the ideologies and politics behind Iran’s attitudes toward the U.S. and Israel.
David Menashri is Director of the Center of Iranian Studies and the Parviz and Pouran Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. He has been a Fulbright scholar at Princeton and Cornell, and visiting scholar at the Universities of Chicago, Melbourne, Munich, and Waseda (Tokyo). In the late 1970s he spent two years conducting research in Iranian universities on the eve of the Islamic Revolution.
Advancing the idea that Palestinian writers responded to the experiences of exile and dispossession by constructing an anticolonial humanism premised on notions of agency and struggle, equality and mutuality, and a conception of a just future, Bashir Abu-Manneh explores Palestinian culture in search of this humanist vision.
Bashir Abu-Manneh is assistant professor of English at Columbia. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and specializes in post-colonial theory. He is the author of the forthcoming article Towards Liberation: Michel Khleifi's Ma'loul and Canticle in Palestinian Cinema.
Presented in cooperation with the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
Farnoosh Moshiri is an Iranian-born author. Her poems and short stories were published in several Iranian periodicals prior to her escape from Iran in 1983. Her novels include At the Wall of the Almighty, The Bathhouse, and Against Gravity. Among the many literary awards she has received are the Barthelme Memorial Fellowship, the Barbara Deming Fiction for Peace and Social Justice, two Black Heron Press Awards for Social Fiction, and the Valiente Award of Voices Breaking Boundaries.
Moshiri will be reading from her recently released novel Against Gravity (Penguin, 2005).