From Neighbors to Foreigners: Iranians in Bahrain in the Early 20th Century
July 15, 2021
For centuries, crossing the waters between the port towns of the Gulf was a fundamental aspect of everyday life in the region. On a daily basis, small dhows redistributed goods from all around the western Indian Ocean up and down the Gulf shores. In each town there were diverse groups of merchants and migrants—some permanent, some seasonal, and some just passing through. This talk will discuss some of the ways that economic and political transformations of the early 20th century changed the meaning of itinerancy in the Gulf. It will look specifically at the position of Iranians in Bahrain to explore the unfolding of new conceptions of space, identity, and belonging.
Reconstruction in Gaza: Between Israel’s Siege and the Politics of International Funding
July 08, 2021
This webinar will focus on the current situation in Gaza and reconstruction efforts following the recent Israeli attacks. Speakers will discuss the continuous cycle of destruction and reconstruction in Gaza, the challenges to rebuilding and development programs, the effects of the 14-year Israeli blockade, and the politics of international funding.
Looking towards Peace in Afghanistan after the US-NATO Withdrawal
June 21, 2021
The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies and Arab Center Washington DC are pleased to invite you to a three-day conference titled: Looking towards Peace in Afghanistan after the US-NATO Withdrawal. It will bring together leading experts on Afghanistan to discuss the main thematic debates of the negotiations, the most pressing issues of the ongoing peace process, and the prospects for peace following the US-NATO military withdrawal this fall.
A New Wave in Palestinian Politics? Youth Activism in the Sheikh Jarrah Era
June 03, 2021
On June 3, 2021, Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) held a webinar that focused on the newly energized and unified activism by Palestinian youth throughout historic Palestine and the diaspora, as they confront the ongoing Nakba and the abuses of Palestinian rights. The panelists were writer and researcher Mariam Barghouti; Palestinian lawyer and analyst Diana Buttu, who also served as the former legal advisor to PLO and Palestinian negotiators; and Amjad Iraqi, editor and writer with +972 Magazine. The webinar was moderated by Tamara Kharroub, ACW assistant executive director and senior research fellow.
The Political Implications of the 2021 Elections for Palestinian National Aspirations
May 05, 2021
Organized by Arab Center Washington DC and the Institute for Palestine Studies, this webinar will focus attention on the implications of the 2021 Palestinian elections. Speakers will discuss the impact of the elections on Palestinian rights and aspirations, the dynamics of current intra-Palestinian political divisions and paralysis, the path to national reconciliation, internal Palestinian views of the potential outcome, international perspectives and expectations, and ramifications for the prospects of a negotiated peace agreement and a Palestinian state.
The Challenges of Holding Palestinian Elections under Occupation
April 27, 2021
This webinar is the first in a two-part series assessing the implications of the Palestinian elections of 2021. Speakers will cover issues related to the logistics of the elections and the challenges of holding them under occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the competing parties and their political platforms, the representativeness of the elections within the Palestinian geopolitical context, Palestinian public opinion of the elections, and the likelihood of the elections taking place considering the political concerns of the rival factions as well as of Israel.
The Way Forward in Syria: The Political Process, Transitional Justice, and US Policy
April 20, 2021
Join us to discuss the future of Syria, diplomatic prospects to end the conflict, and US policy under the Biden Administration.