The Conference convenes on Friday evening, February 22nd, with the keynote address at 8PM, and continues on Saturday, February 23rd from 8:30AM – 5PM and again on Sunday, February 24th from 9:00AM-12:30PM.


THE MIDDLE EAST – WHAT NEXT? February 22-24, 2013

The provisional Program, including order of speakers and topics addressed, appears below, and is subject to change as it becomes further developed. For information on Conference Speakers, please click here.


8 p.m.            WELCOME    BLAND BANWELL, President

8:10 p.m.      KEYNOTE ADDRESS 

                          What  to  Expect  in  the  Wake  of  the  Arab  Uprisings?

                       ROBIN  WRIGHT  Author, analyst, and foreign correspondent.  Joint Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow  Wilson  International Center



8:30 a.m       Opening Remarks     NICHOLAS BURNS, Moderator 

8:45 a.m.     Two Years After the Arab Awakening—Emerging Trends

                         MARWAN  MUASHER  Vice President for Studies at Carnegie Endowment; former Ambassador of Jordan to Israel and to the United States; former Foreign Minister of Jordan.

 9:15 a.m.     Q. & A. PANEL with MARWAN MUASHER and ROBIN WRIGHT

 9:45 a.m.     Egypt  and  the  New  Islamic  Politics

                          MARC  LYNCH  Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University

 10:30 a.m.    BREAK 

 11:00 a.m.    Syria:  What’s  Next?

                          JOSHUA  LANDIS  Associate Professor and Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma

 11:45 a.m.    LUNCH  BREAK

 1:30 p.m.      The  New  Middle  East  Cold  War

                       GREGORY  GAUSE   Professor of Political Science University of Vermont. Non-Resident Senior Fellow

                           at the Brookings Doha Center        

 2:20 p.m.      Israel  and  Iran:  An  Evolving  Debate

                           SHAI  FELDMAN  Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; former Head of the Jaffee

                           Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University

 3:10 p.m.           BREAK 

 3:45 p.m.    Nuclear  Issues  and  U.S.-Iran  Relations

                         SEYED  HOSSEIN  MOUSAVIAN  Research Scholar, Program

                         On Science and Global Security, Princeton University; former Ambassador and Spokesman for Iran’s Nuclear Program

 4:30 p.m.     ADJOURN for the day



 9:00 a.m.          Women  and  Public  Space  in  the  Arab  Spring

                         BARBARA  IBRAHIM   Director, Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo, Egypt

9:50 a.m.     U.S. Policies  and  Prospects in a Turbulent Middle East

                         LARRY  POPE   Former Ambassador to Chad, Political Advisor to General Anthony Zinni in Central Command, and Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya 

10:40 a.m.    BREAK 

11:15 a.m.    Q. & A. —  FINAL PANEL OF ALL SPEAKERS 

12:30 p.m.    Conference ADJOURNS