Meet our Next Speaker

Rania Abouzeid

Monday, September 22

Topic: The Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath

AbouzeidRania Abouzeid is a Beirut-based journalist who has chronicled the Syrian uprising extensively since it began in 2011. Prior to that, she covered the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and has reported on wars, assassinations, and popular movements across the Middle East and South Asia over the past 14 years.

Rania’s work has been published in TIME magazine, The New YorkerForeign AffairsForeign Policy, and a host of other outlets. She has also appeared as a commentator on PBS, Al Jazeera, the BBC, CBS, CBC, and other networks.



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Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, September 22
    Rania Abouzeid
    Topic: The Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath
  • Monday, October 6 (date still tentative)
    Jim Hightower
    Topic: Common Sense Commentaries
  • Monday, October 27
    Shibley Telhami
    Topic: The Middle East and (What's Left of) Syria
  • Monday, January 26, 2015
    Hossein Mousavian
    Topic: Walking the Iran Tightrope

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Mearsheimer on Ukraine

Posted on Friday August 8

Professor Mearsheimer (our July speaker) had a recent New York Times op-ed piece about Ukraine.  Take a look by clicking here: “Getting Ukraine Wrong” by John Mearsheimer.

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Rania Abouzeid on the Mess in Iraq

Posted on Friday July 11

Read what Rania Abouzeid (our coming September  speaker) has to say in her June Politico article:  “The Jihad Next Door: The Syrian roots of Iraq’s newest civil war”

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Review of Stephen Kinzer’s book, The Brothers

Posted on Tuesday December 17

Adam LaBor reviewed the new book by our May, 2014 speaker, Stephen Kinzer.  The book is titled, THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book. The review appeared in the November [...]

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Membership Application

Posted on Saturday March 9

A membership application is now online as a PDF.

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The “It’s Not About China” Speech

Posted on Thursday February 7

During February’s Forum talk, Michael Pillsbury made frequent reference to a speech by Deputy Secretary of State Ash Carter that set out the official slant on the US’s rebalancing posture.  As he pointed out, the speech says at several instances that the new policy is “not about China,” in spite of the fact that it [...]

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Stephen Walt on His Forum Experience

Posted on Thursday August 9

We often write about our speakers after they appear at the Forum, but Steve Walt is the first one to write about us after speaking.  Click here for his latest Foreign Policy article.

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