Media and Democracy in the Arab World: The Future of Freedoms and Rights in the Digital Era
October 31, 2019
Arab Center Washington DC is organizing its fourth annual conference dedicated to exploring the role of media and new technologies in human rights and democracy in the Arab world. Conference sessions and topics will include: Arab democracy in the information age; Cyber geopolitics and digital warfare in the Arab world; New media and new authoritarianism; Press freedom and the prospects of digital activism; Identity politics and the weaponization of social media; Silencing dissent and the politics of cyber espionage; Accountability and ethical policies in cyber space.
Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions
August 22, 2019
Join us for a conversation and book talk luncheon with Dr. Sahar Khamis on Arab women's activism before, during, and after the Arab Spring. Sahar Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. An expert on Arab and Muslim media, she served as the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department at Qatar University and as a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.
Confrontation in the Gulf: Unpacking Recent Escalations and the Prospects of US-Iran Talks
August 08, 2019
Arab Center Washington DC held a briefing on August 8, 2019 to discuss the current tensions in the Arabian Gulf, the possibility of war between the US and Iran, and the prospects for talks. Speakers included: Daniel Brumberg, Shireen Hunter, Kenneth Katzman, Assal Rad, and Barbara Slavin.
America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump
July 25, 2019
Donald Trump's attitudes toward Islam became a key point of contention on the campaign trail, and in power Trump has continued his war of divisive words and deeds. In this book, acclaimed journalist Lawrence Pintak scrutinizes America's relationship with Islam since its foundation. Casting Donald Trump as a symptom of decades of misunderstanding and demonization of the Islamic world, as well as a cause of future tensions, Pintak shows how and why America's relationship with the world's largest religion has been so fractious, damaging, and self-defeating.
The Assad Regime, Political Power, and the Future of Syria
July 09, 2019
In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. Tlass pushed for conciliation but Assad decided to crush the uprising, an act that would catapult the country into an eight-year-long war, killing almost half a million Syrians and fueling terrorism and a global refugee crisis. Assad or We Burn the Country examines Syria’s tragedy through the generational saga of the Assad and Tlass families, once deeply intertwined—and now estranged—in Bashar’s bloody quest to preserve his father’s inheritance. By drawing on his own reporting experience in Damascus and exclusive interviews with Tlass, Dagher takes readers inside palace walls to reveal the family behind the destruction of a country and the chaos of an entire region.
The Kushner Plan and the Bahrain Economic Workshop: An Official Palestinian Perspective
June 18, 2019
On June 18, 2019 Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) held an event titled “The Kushner Plan and the Bahrain Economic Workshop: An Official Palestinian Perspective,” at the National Press Club with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, who is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee, a Palestinian legislator, human rights activist, and scholar.
The Future of Libya: Between Internal Rivalry, Regional Influence, and US Policy
May 16, 2019
Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club titled “The Future of Libya: Between Internal Rivalry, Regional Influence, and US Policy.” The speakers were Karim Mezran, Director and Resident Senior Fellow, North Africa Initiative of the Atlantic Council; Najla El Mangoush, Graduate Lecturer at George Mason University and Adjunct Faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College; Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Non-resident Senior Fellow at ACW and Baker Institute Fellow for the Middle East, Rice University; and Federica Saini Fasanotti (via video-conference), Non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Senior Associate Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies. ACW Executive Director Khalil Jahshan served as moderator.
Unpacking Netanyahu’s Reelection: Future Implications
April 17, 2019
On April 17, 2019, Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) hosted a panel of experts at the National Press Club for an event titled “Unpacking Netanyahu’s Reelection: Future Implications.” The speakers were Peter Beinart, Professor of Journalism and Political Science, City University of New York; Phyllis Bennis,Director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies; Nadia Hijab, Co-Founder and Board President, Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network; Mouin Rabbani, Co-Editor, Jadaliyya; and Amir Tibon, Washington Correspondent, Haaretz Newspaper. ACW Executive DirectorKhalil E. Jahshan moderated the discussion.