Upcoming Events: Middle East

Mon 1/30

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, January 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Discussion group

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group; we exchange ideas and opinions. The group is a perk of Club membership, but others who are interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.

Mon 2/13

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Regional Middle East Issues

Date: Mon, February 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Hot0button issues in the Middle East

Yoaz Hendel, Ph.D., Military History; Director, Institute of Zionist Strategies
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Hendel, who describes himself as a pragmatic centrist with a national liberal identity, will discuss regional issues confronting the Middle East. He will also explore the influence of the Russian-Iranian relationship in the Middle East. 

Dr. Hendel is the director of the Institute of Zionist Strategies and is an award-winning radio and print commentator on political and human rights issues. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Began-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and was communication director for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2011-12. His latest book is called, Iran vs Israel: A Shadow War.

Mon 2/27

Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, February 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Discussion group

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.

Tue 2/28

Afghanistan: Current Challenges and Future Prospects

Date: Tue, February 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Inside Afghanistan today

Mohammad Qayoumi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, San Jose State University; Advisor, President of Afghanistan

Dr. Qayoumi, former member of The Commonwealth Club’s Board of Governors, is presently advisor to President Ghani of Afghanistan on infrastructure, human capital and technology. He will give a brief overview of current conditions in Afghanistan, the plans of the government in achieving self-reliance and promoting democracy and economic development. The discussion will center around the role of Afghanistan in integrating the economies of Central Asia with South Asia while serving as a regional roundabout. The presentation will also focus on current challenges regarding the struggle with ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other regional and global terrorist organizations.

Mon 3/27

Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, March 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Discussion group

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.