Upcoming Events: Middle East

Mon 9/12

Image - Nang Attal

Lessons from Afghanistan: 15 Years into the War on Terror

Date: Mon, September 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
What is the Afghan future?

Nang Attal, Afghan Educator; Labor Activist
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Journalism

A decade and a half after the United States and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan and U.S. President George W. Bush declared a "War on Terror," the future of Afghanistan is still being written. Attal, a Fulbright scholar and a bright young activist-educator, will discuss the turbulent situation in Afghanistan, lessons from the War on Terror, and his hopes for the future.

After receiving his Masters at San Francisco’s Golden Gate University, Attal returned to Afghanistan committed to helping his struggling homeland achieve labor reform, more gender equality and evasive stability. He is a recipient of the United Nations Youth Courage Award.

Fri 9/16

Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God

Date: Fri, September 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Remembering a time and place of interreligious amity

Steven Nightingale, Author, Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author—Moderator

Nightengale will share insights from his beautifully written book Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God, which describes his family's adventurous, rewarding move to an ancient neighborhood in Granada with its charming lifestyle, beautiful gardens and fascinating history so greatly influenced by Muslim and Jewish immigrants. He will also trace Granada's remarkable past when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together, in relative harmony during a truly impressive time of important scientific, artistic, poetic and mathematical achievements, until religious fundamentalism and power hunger ended that marvelous period.

Mon 9/26

Middle East Forum Discussion

Date: Mon, September 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM
Discussion group

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.

Fri 10/7

From Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective

Date: Fri, October 07, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Middle Eastern upheavals

Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Middle East Analyst, Educator
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dr. Keynoush is an advisor to policy centers in the Middle East, translator to four Iranian presidents, and author of Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes. Dr.Ibrahim is associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State, associate producer of Hope and Fear: Egypt at the Tipping Point, and she has contributed to BBC, NPR, CNN and other news outlets.

Tue 11/29

Troubled Turkey

Date: Tue, November 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Where is post-coup-attempt Turkey headed?

Jeffrey Collins, Former White House National Security Staff Director for Turkish Affairs
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Expert; Author
Additional Panelist TBA

A distinguished panel will discuss the unsettled situation in Turkey, one of the most important countries in the Middle East, after the unsuccessful coup attempt, a tightening of control by the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and increased terrorism by Islamic State.