"Pakistan's Foreign Policy and the EU Perspective"

Wednesday, April 9

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Location: IAB 1512

Discussion with Mr. Abdullah Khurram, a Research Associate at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, on "Pakistan´s Foreign Policy and the EU Perspective."

Abdullah Khurram is a Research Associate at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. His areas of focus cover strategic and security issues of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has previously conducted research work at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan and Economic Policy Research Institute, Cape Town, South Africa. Studying Government and Economics at George Mason University, Abdullah also co-founded an education NGO, Mashal Foundation, in Pakistan. For his contributions in the field of education, he holds a National Award from the Government of Pakistan.

A networking reception with food and wine will follow. 

The event is organized by the European Student Association with support from the Defense and Security Student Organization and sponsored by the Blinken European Insitutute.

Is the Arab World in Freefall or National Rebirth? An Analysis of the Last Three Years from Within the Region

Wednesday, April 9

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: LAU/ New York Headquarters and Academic Center

211 East 46th Street (Between 2nd &3rd Avenues)

Rami Khouri, a prominent ME Journalist and Expert on the current issues taking place in the Region, will be presenting a very engaging talk on the current status of the Arab World and the ME Region.  

This event is sponsored by LAU.


Understanding Authoritarianism as a Dynamic Category of Practice: Ibn al-Mugaffa's Legacy for the History of Arab Political Thought

Wednesday, April 9

Time: 3:00-4:30PM

Location: 387 Park Avenue South (entrance at 101 E27th St),

3rd Floor, the Large Conference Room (303)

This seminar by Dr. Jennifer London is sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies' International Academic Programs and Services & The Department of Sociology at Stony Brook-Manhattan.

Spring 2014 After School Professional Development Seminar

Democratic Contestations and Political Violence: the Middle East and South Asia

Democracy, Islam and Dictatorship

The Many Pasts and Futures of Pakistan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

 A talk by S. Akbar Zaidi, Columbia University

Professor S. Akbar Zaidi has a joint appointment at the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies at Columbia University.  Zaidi holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He taught at Karachi University for thirteen years, and was a visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University in 2004-05.  Apart from his interest in political economy, he has research interests in development, the social sciences, and history.  His publications include Military, Civil Society and Democratization in Pakistan (2011);  Political Economy and Development in Pakistan (2010); Issues in Pakistan's Economy (2006).


Democracy and Dysfunction in India

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A talk by Kanchan Chandra, New York University

 Kanchan Chandra is Professor in the Politics Department at New York University.  She previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford.  She earned her PhD from Harvard University, and subsequently was awarded grants from the Carnegie and Guggenheim Foundations, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the National Science Foundation.  Her research interests include Comparative Ethnic Politics, Democratic Theory, Political Parties and Elections, Violence, and Comparative Research Methods.  Her publications include Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (2012) and Why Ethnic Parties Succeed : Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts in India (2004).


The Political Geography of Protests in the Arab World

Monday, April 21, 2014

A talk by Jillian Schwedler, Hunter College, City University of New York

Jillian Schwedler is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center.  She received her PhD from New York University, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Maryland at College Park.  Her current academic interests include Comparative politics, Protest and policing, Social movements and contentious politics, Political geography, the Middle East, Political Islam.  She has conducted field research in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen, and has received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  Schwedler's publications include the monograph Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (2006) and the co-edited volume Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (2010).


The Political Geography of Protests in the Arab World

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A talk by Golbarg Bashi

 Golbarg Bashi has taught Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University.  She earned Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from Columbia University.  Born in Iran, she grew up in Sweden, and was educated in Britain and the United States.  Her research interests include political art and music in Iran, theories and practices of human rights in Iran and the Muslim world, modern Iranian literary history, women and gender in fundamentalist religious communities and women's rights movements in a global comparative context.


Registration and Contact Information

Participants must be K-12 teachers, two-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs.  Attendees may register for all four meetings or register for individual sessions.   Contact William Carrick, wac2112@columbia.edu or at (212) 854-4565. please include your name, school affiliation, level of students taught, and subjects taught. Students should include their school and degree program, anticipated graduation date, and a very brief statement of career goals.

Time and Location for all four events:  5:30pm -7:30pm, Knox Hall 606 West 122 Street between Broadway and Claremont Avenue. Visit for directions/map.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.  All books and materials will be provided to participants at no cost. The After School Professional Development programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute and South Asia Institute at Columbia University. 

Re-Coding Nationalism: Muslims and Islamophobia in Norway

Tuesday, April 8

Time: 6 PM

Location: Suzlberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

On July 22, 2011, two terror attacks in Norway were perpetrated by a white
Norwegian right-wing extremist. His stated motivation was to eradicate the
Muslim presence in Norway and Europe by massacring Norwegian social
democrats he believed to be responsible for allowing Muslim immigration to
Norway since the 1960s. Seventy-seven people died that day, most of them
teenagers. The terror attacks came at the end of a decade in which
Islamophobic ideas (often originating in transnational far-right online
activism) had become increasingly mainstream in Norwegian politics. How is
one to understand the popularity and ubiquity of such sentiments in a small
and prosperous country like Norway, in which Muslims make up 3.6 percent of
the population? Sindre Bangstad is a postdoctoral fellow in the department
of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, and the author of Anders
Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia.   

100 Days: Egypt vs. Press Freedom, Examining the Ongoing Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt

Monday, April 7

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Location: Columbia Journalism School - Lecture Hall

Please join the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia Global Centers ( Middle East), and the Global Freedom of Expression Project for a symposium entitled "100 Days: Egypt vs. Press Freedom," examining the ongoing trial of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt. 

This conversation - exploring the implications of the Al Jazeera case for Egypt, the regional and press freedom globally - features:

Agnes Callamard, Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Project

Yehia Ghanem, International Journalist in Residence, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Kate O'Brian, President, Al Jazeera America

Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma

"Where Should the Birds Fly?" - A Harlem Film Screening

Saturday April 5

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Maysles Cinema

343 Malcolm X Blvd, between 127th and 128th Streets

A film by Fida Qishta on the reality of the Israeli siege on Gaza, Palestine.

Screening followed by Q&A with the director and Lila Abu-Lughod, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, Director of Middle East Institute, co-editor of Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memoryand author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, and Brinkley Messick, co-director of the Center for Palestine Studies, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University and author of The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society.

Reception featuring Palestinian cuisine following the discussion.

$10 suggested donation at the door.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies, Deep Dish TV, and Maysles Institute present a film screening of "Where Should the Birds Fly."

"How Green Was My Valley?" - An Artists' Talk

Friday April 4,

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street

The Palestinian Artists' Talk between Joseph Audeh, Samira Badran &Mary Tuma will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Dr. Raouf Halaby, Professor of Visual Arts and English at Ouachita Baptist University.

About How Green Was My Valley Exhibit:

Fourteen artists explore issues of mobility and migration, depleted natural resources, and political marginalization, using new media/technology, documentary filmmaking, and archival methods.

The exhibition runs from April 3-27, 2014 at Whitebox Art Center, 329 Broome Street, New York, NY

Doors open at 6:30 P.M.

Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information: http://alwanforthearts.org/event/1012

This event is sponsored by ArtPalestine International, WhiteBox Art Center, the Center for Palestine Studies, and Alwan for the Arts.

Book Talk - Islam, Sharia, and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Wednesday, April 2

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: Jerome Greene Hall room 107

The meanings and contexts of Shari'a are the subject of both curiosity and misunderstanding by non-Muslims. Shari'a is sometimes crudely characterized by outsiders as a punitive legal system operating broadly outside, and separate from, national laws and customs. This groundbreaking book shows that Shari'a and its 'fiqh' (laws set forward by various Islamic legal schools) comprise a far more nuanced matrix of interpretations than is often assumed to be the case. Far from being monolithic or impervious to change from without, Muslim legal tradition has - since its beginnings in the early Islamic period - placed an emphasis on equity and non-adversarial conflict-resolution. 

Mohamed Keshavjee examines both Sunni and Shi'a applications of Islamic law, demonstrating how political, cultural and other factors have influenced the practice of fiqh and Shari'a in the West. Exploring in particular the modern development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the author shows that this process can revitalize some of the essential principles that underlie Muslim teachings and jurisprudence, delivering not only formal remedies but also perceived justice, even to non-Muslims.

The talk will be moderated by Rahim Moloo of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. The event is sponsored by the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA).


Roll, Couscous, Roll!

Wednesday, April 2

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Location: Knox Hall Room 403 (606 West 122nd Street)

The transformation of agriculture under French colonial rule in Algeria was the basis for the making of a colonial culture there. But should we agree with French colonists that couscous was an essential component of North African culture? A historian Ramzi Rouighi, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California, explains.

As space is limited, people will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.

This event is part of the Ifriqiyya Public Lectures and is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS).

Tunisia's Transition to Democracy: A Talk with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa

Tuesday, April 1

Time: 6-7pm

Location: 301 Uris Hall, Columbia Business School

Earlier this year, Tunisia, the country that launched the MENA region into a wave of popular uprisings in January 2011, adopted one of the Middle East's most liberal constitutions yet. Though strained by the multiple layers of its social fabric, notably tensions between Islamists and secularists, liberals and left-wing partisans, Tunisia today offers a glimpse of optimism against a somber post-Arab spring backdrop. An agreement between Prime Minister Ali Larayedh of the Ennahda party and opposition parties diffused the political crisis which had paralyzed the country following the assassination of two prominent secular politicians. Larayedh stepped down on January 9th in order to be replaced by Mehdi Jomaa, who previously served as the Minister of Industry. Jomaa as caretaker prime minister will oversee the government ahead of elections later this year. 

On Tuesday, April 1st, prior to his meeting with President Obama, Mehdi Jomaa will come to Columbia to speak and answer questions on Tunisia's historic democratic transition. 

Registration is required. Register here: 


This event is sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Middle East Institute; Tuness; the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion; the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business; and the Institute of African Studies. 


Are Israel's Policies Justified in Light of the Security Issues it Faces?

Monday, March 31

Time: 7:30pm

Location:  the Diana Center at Barnard

Jointhe Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA)  for a powerful debate on Israel's policies as they relate to security threats facing the country. The debate is being put on as a partnership with the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA), Mayanot and This World: The Values Network.

The organizations do not endorse the viewpoints of the speakers but are simply providing a forum for discussion. America's Rabbi and bestselling author, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, along with radio host and author, Dennis Prager will debate against Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, along with author and political commentator, Peter Beinart.

Free Admission -- Limited Space Available -- Reserve Your Ticket and RSVP Today. 

Facebook Event Page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/373326876139508/

Celebrate the Iranian New Year!

Join Columbia Iranian Students Association on Saturday March 29th, 2014 to celebrate Nowruz with a night of dinner, performances, and dancing! Please bring 2 forms of ID to drink. Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Party SpaceTime: 7:00PM-1:00AMEnjoy a three-course meal provided by PARMYS RESTAURANT with a wine and beer bar. For entertainment, come join us for a dance performance by Columbia's Iranian Dance Team (CU Roya), live music, and poetry readings!  Tickets are on sale now.For CUID (tickets are $15): tickets can be bought here!:


For NON-CUID (tickets are $30)

Please email cisa@columbia.edu with your full name to reserve your ticket (pick up at door).

Seventh Annual OASIES Graduate Student Conference

Hinge of the World: Connections, Networks, and Linkages in Inner Eurasia

Saturday, March 29

Time: 9:00 am- 5:00pm

Location: IAB Room 1512, Columbia University

The Harriman Institute and the Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, Princeton University, and New York University are pleased to announce its 7th Annual OASIES Conference.

Inner Eurasia has been and continues to be particularly fertile terrain for thinking through ideas of connections, networks, and linkages across culture, space, and time. The very language of connecting and linking, however, can inadvertently simplify the complex and mutually constituting qualities of interactions at the point of impact. While the popular concept of globalization, for example, often highlights the entangled nature of politics, history and society, its theorizations also open up possibilities for more thorough investigation into the different elements of these entanglements. In other words, a productive engagement with connections and networks must be coupled with a re-interrogation of the basic units of analysis that might otherwise be too easily presupposed. Bearing this in mind, this year's conference asks: in what ways can rethinking connections, networks, and linkages not only reconfigure but re-conceptualize the categories that structure our scholarship on Inner Eurasia?

The conference considers Eurasia past and present, spanning from the Black Sea to Mongolia, from Siberia to South Asia. Stressing multi-disciplinarity, submissions are welcome from a variety of departments, programs, and centers, including but not limited to: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, History, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Caucasian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Inner Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, the Middle East Institute, Mongolian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, South Asian Studies, and Tibetan Studies.

For a full program, please visit: http://harriman.columbia.edu/files/harriman/OASIES_Conference2014_Program.pdf

From Armenia to New York: Five Short Films An Evening with Young Armenian Filmmakers

Friday, March 28

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Schermerhorn 501, Columbia University

Please join us for a screening and discussion of five short films by up-and-coming Armenian filmmakers Ophelia Harutyunyan, Jesse Soursourian, Viktorya Aleksanyan, Eric Shahinian, and Anahid Yahjian, followed by a Q&A with the directors moderated by Raffi Asdourian (from A&E, Sundance Channel).

This event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments provided.  This event was organized by the Columbia graduate student group OASIES (Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies), with the generous sponsorship of the Armenian Society of Columbia University, the Harriman Institute, the Middle East Institute, the Kurdish Studies Student Association, and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

Territories and Jihadi Movements in Europe

Friday, March 28

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

Location: Room 420, Hamilton Hall

Speaker: Riva Kastoryano, Director of Research, National Center for Scientific Research, and Professor, Sciences Po

Chair: Karen Barkey, Professor of Sociology and History, Columbia University

Riva Kastoryano is Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), as well as a Professor at Sciences Po. Her research in political sociology focuses on Europe, nationalism, identities and communities. She has been a Visiting professor at the New School for Social Research since 2005. She is a former research fellow at the Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies (1997), the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (1998), and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard (2003-2004). She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS).

This event is sponsored by the Alliance Program, the Blinken European Institute, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Department of History, and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

The Shifting Geopolitical Context and Global Security: The Role of Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 27

Time: 1:00 - 3:00
Location: Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia

The SIPA United Nations Studies Program (UNSP) is pleased to announce a Working Lunch with Ambassador Khalid Abdalrazaq Al Nafisee, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia.   

The purpose of the working lunches is to give students access to the current thinking of the UN's diplomatic community on specific issues, while at the same time providing UN Ambassadors the opportunity to hear students' views and perspectives on topics of mutual concern and interest. It is meant to continue strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and create an ongoing dialogue between the world of international politics and academia. 

Students will be expected to come prepared and actively participate in the discussion.

Interested students must submit the following in one document:     

1) A half-page double spaced statement explaining why they want to attend the lunch, what they think they can bring to the discussion, what they would like to get out of it. 

2) Three questions they would like to ask. These questions will be sent to the Ambassador and serve as the basis for discussion. 

The DEADLINE for applying is Monday, March 3 at 12:00 noon.

This event is organized by SIPA's UNSP. Applications must be sent to the Director of the UNSP, Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer - el2253@columbia.edu, and copied to Sarah Goldman - sg3014@columbia.edu  

The Eleventh Beirut Exchange

March 22-29, 2014

Application Deadline I February 28, 2014 : Deadline II March 7, 2014
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance

The Beirut Exchange program rests on two tracks:

Academic - Participants will attend a series of lectures and colloquia led by leading academics and public intellectuals in Lebanon. Topics will include: The Arab Uprisings; The Syrian conflict and its regional implications; The Special Tribunal for Lebanon; The United Nations as peacekeeper and mediator; Engaging political Islam; Asymmetrical conflict: The July 2006 Lebanon War; Human Rights in Lebanon and the wider Middle East; Sectarianism and its deployment, as well as a range of other topics.

Dialogue with Leaders - Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Lebanon - with a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on exposure to Islamist and opposition currents.

NOTE: Due to the current security situation in Lebanon, the Eleventh Beirut Exchange will generally restrict its meetings and activities to the hotel.


Previous Speakers (partial list only):
·Omar Bakri, Iqra Islamic Trust for Research and Islamic Studies
·Bilal Baroudi, As-Salam Mosque Tripoli
·Nicholas Blanford, Times of London
·Richard Chambers, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
·Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum
·Abdullah Dardari, Frm. Syrian Arab Republic
·Robert Fisk, The Independent  

·Toufic Gaspard, Economist 

·Hanin Ghaddar, NOW Lebanon 

·Timur Goksel, American University of Beirut 

·Judith Palmer Harik, Matn University 

·Nadim Houry, Human Rights Watch 

·Farid El-Khazen, AUB 

·Rami Khouri, Daily Star & AUB 

·Eli Khoury, Quantum Communications 

·Karim Makdisi, AUB 

·Sayyid Mohammed Marandi, Tehran University 

·Ibrahim Mussawi, Al-Intiqad 

·Omar Nashabe, Al-Akhbar 

·Nir Rosen, Journalist 

·Osama Safa, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies 

·Paul Salem, Carnegie Middle East Center 

·Milos Struger, UNIFIL 

·Fawwaz Traboulsi, AUB

Tuition - $900; Partial financial aid is available for those students and individuals that can demonstrate need. 

Airfare - $400, approximate from the European Union.

At the discretion of the student, tuition is 75% refundable up to one week before the program commences. (Airline tickets and accommodation should be purchased with travel insurance.)

REQUEST AN APPLICATION via info@mideastwire.com /View a previous program for the Beirut Exchange via www.thebeirutexchange.com