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Events: Conferences

Upcoming Conferences

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Recent Conferences

Conference: The Legacy of Kamal Salibi
April 20, 2012
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall In his research and writing, the preeminent historian of Lebanon Dr. Kamal Salibi has specialized in the history of Arabia, early Islamic Syria, the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan, Biblical studies, and, most importantly, the history of Lebanon, which he transformed for all future generations with his extraordinary insights and analyses. In his work he has demonstrated a unique ability to question traditional interpretations and then to combine imagination and creativity with a meticulous attention to detail to produce narratives that have changed our understanding of the Middle East. One conference cannot do justice to the range of Dr. Salibi's interests and contributions to history; we have therefore limited the conference's scope to his research and writings on the history of Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

The New Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
October 13-14, 2011
Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts University, Medford Campus

The past year has been a critical time for the Middle East. Popular uprisings, as in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt, may have opened a new chapter in the regionís politics, while the change of government in Lebanon, the stalemate in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and the impasse in nuclear negotiations with Iran have presented new challenges to the United States and the region. All this adds to the economic problems, the threat of extremism, and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. How should we view the state of the region, and what are the implications for U.S. foreign policy?

Engaging the Middle East: After the Cairo Speech
October 14-15, 2010
Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts University, Medford Campus

On June 4, 2009, President Obama delivered remarks at Cairo University entitled "A New Beginning." The President stated that he went "to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition." Since that speech, a number of developments have taken place for example in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Pakistan, and Yemen that affect American interests. Participants in the conference are asked to expound on the challenges facing the United States in the Middle East today and to evaluate how the Obama Administration's policy of engagement has progressed a little more than a year after his major address.

Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration: Iran and the Middle East
March 5-6, 2009
Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts University, Medford Campus

The purpose of this conference is to identify issues that, in light of a new American administration, will be of concern to Americans in 2009, specifically the continuing confrontation between the United States and Iran. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent developments in that country have had a significant impact on Iranís position and policy there. Yet, American and Iranian interests and policies have collided in the Gulf and in the Eastern Mediterranean region, as well. Nuclear issues in particular have brought the United States and Iran into renewed confrontation. The conference will address these concerns and how the new administration can take steps to change the dynamic in a helpful way.

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