Upcoming Events: Middle East
Middle East Forum DiscussionDate: Mon, October 31, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
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.
Troubled TurkeyDate: Fri, November 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 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
Mahir Zeynalov, Washington D.C.-based Turkish Journalist and Analyst
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator
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 Erdogan and increased terrorism by Islamic State.
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation RebornDate: Mon, December 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
The story of Israel
Daniel Gordis, Author; Israel Analyst; Commentator
Dr. Gordis, a former Conservative rabbi, award-winning author of several books on Jewish thought and Israeli currents, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, will discuss the topic of his latest book, which has been described as a luminous history shedding light on Israel's culture, politics and economy, so people can understand her future.
Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles before moving to Jerusalem, where he helped to found Israel's first liberal arts college. Presently, he is senior vice president and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem.