The World Bank in the MENA Region, a Conversation with Inger Andersen – by Jack Berger

During the EPIIC Conference on the Future of the Middle East and North Africa at Tufts University, co-editor Jack Berger sat down with Inger Andersen, the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region for the World Bank to discuss issues of unemployment, governance, and sustainability in the region.

Daniel Markey on the Evolving U.S.–Pakistan Relationship – by Sukanya Banerjee and Michael Mori

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s domestic situation, the U.S. drone program, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and reconciliation with the Taliban.

Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group, on the Syrian civil war – by Mike Airosus

Noah Bonsey, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis group based in Beirut, discusses the recent developments in the Syrian civil war, including the impact of the chemical weapons deal, the implications of increased violence in Lebanon, and the upcoming Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22nd in Switzerland.

Rami Khouri on the Birth of the Arab Citizen – by Alex Taylor and Jack Berger

While focus on the Arab uprisings centers on the democratic setbacks that have followed the bursts of change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria – among other countries – the current discussion largely misses the most important shift in the region: the emergence of a new conception of citizenship in the Arab world.

Correcting the Course of Egypt’s Revolution: A Conversation with Dalia Ziada – by Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras

Dalia Ziada, an influential Egyptian human and women’s rights advocate, argues that while the ouster of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the military may have been a point of regression for Egypt’s democratic development, it was also an opportunity to correct the course of the Egyptian revolution. Ziada believes that the situation in Egypt […]

Interview with Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra, Former President of the American University of Kuwait – by Sami Shammas

Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra is the former president of the American University of Kuwait. This interview discusses his view’s on Arab Nationalism throughout the 20th Century. Sami Shammas, Fletcher MALD 2010, is a second- year student concentrating in Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Sami studied international relations at […]

Interview with Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra, Former President of the American University of Kuwait – By Sami Shammas

Dr. Shafeeq N. Al-Ghabra is a professor of political science at Kuwait University, where he has directed the Center of Strategic and Future Studies, and was the founding president of the American University of Kuwait (2003-2006). He gained a PhD in government from the University of Texas in Austin in 1987 and has also served […]

Interview with Robert Baer, Author of “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” – By Michael Mylrea

Robert Baer is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil, which recounts Baer’s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an […]

Interview with Mr. Gabe Kadell, Refugee Relocation Specialist – by Michael Mylrea

Following an international and domestic outcry condemning the displacement of over four million Iraqis due to the 2003 war, the United States Department of State has agreed to bring tens of thousands of Iraqis to the US over the next three to four years. Having played an integral role in this effort, Mr. Gabe Kadell, […]

Interview with Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the US – by Michael Mylrea

Said T. Jawad, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States offers his perspective on how Islam, democracy, economic development, and security challenges will shape the future of Afghanistan. While recent years have witnessed some economic development and social reform in Afghanista, instability continues to present security challenges. How will the current changes affect regional security, economic […]