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Speaker Events - March 26, 2014

Derek Plumbly on Lebanese Resilience Amid Rising Challenges

Lebanon has exceeded expectations in dealing with the continuing fallout from the crisis in neighboring Syria, said Derek Plumbly, United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, on March 26th. Speaking at the International Peace Institute, Mr. Plumbly praised the Lebanese people for “actually sustaining a measure of stability in their country.”  

 

Speaker Events - March 19, 2014

In Praise of Pluralism

Pluralism—awarding equal rights despite political, religious or cultural preferences—is the only governance model that will allow the Arab world to thrive, argued Marwan Muasher, a Middle East scholar and Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment, on March 19th.  

 

Panel Discussions - January 20, 2014

Energy: A Source of Cooperation or Conflict in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean?

Despite the fact that countries in the Middle East have growing energy needs that could be satisfied by their neighbors, there is a lack of cooperation due to bilateral political tensions as seen between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as among countries in the Levant Basin (such as Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria). This was one topic of a meeting hosted by IPI on January 20th that discussed the impact of energy on security in the Middle East; 

 

Panel Discussions - October 24, 2013

Arab Youth: A Narrative of Polarization

To begin the launch of her book, Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia, Nur Laiq quoted the wife of Hosni Mubarak, the strongman leader who ruled Egypt for over three decades. “’Oh, it's just kids who are holding up traffic; it will pass,'” she said of the early protestors in Tahrir Square. Then, after a pause, she added, “The Mubarak regime fell a few days later." 

 

Speaker Events - October 02, 2013

Bennoune: Support Muslims Resisting Fundamentalism

“Why is it that everyone in the world knows who Osama bin Laden was, but so few people know about all of those who are standing up to all the bin Ladens in these different contexts?” asked Karima Bennoune, an Algerian-American scholar and professor of international law, during an event at the International Peace Institute on October 2nd.