Thursday, October 25, 2012

Conference: Where are We Headed? The U.S. and Middle East After Elections

The 2012 Palestine Center Annual Conference 


Where are We Headed? The U.S. and Middle East After Elections

Friday, 9 November 2012
2425 Virginia Ave NW, 
Washington, DC  20037




8:00-9:00am
Registration 

9:00-9:15am 
Welcome Remarks
                    
9:15- 11:00am
Panel I - U.S. Policy After the Election: A Reason for Change? 

What will the outcome of the Presidential election mean for U.S. Middle East policy? If re-elected, will President Obama maintain similar policies or make significant adjustments? If Governor Romney is elected, what changes can we expect? Panelists will discuss the impact of the election on U.S. policy towards various actors in the region.

Hrair Balian 
Director of the Conflict Resolution Program 
The Carter Center

Mark Perry 
Independent Author 

Helena Cobban 
Independent Publisher and Journalist 

11:00-11:30am 
Coffee and Pastry Break    

11:30am-1:00pm 
Panel II - Taking Stock in the Arab Uprisings: Where are we headed?

Uprisings have led to the disappearance of some governments and the emergence of others. The political map of the region is changing and many questions remain about which direction the region is headed. Panelists will discuss the foreign policies of states in the region, the role of regional organizations like the Gulf Corporation Council and the impact of election outcomes in shaping policy changes. 

Nathan Brown 
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University 

Adel Iskandar 
Scholar of Media and Communications, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Georgetown University 

Kristin Diwan 
Assistant Professor of Comparative and Regional Studies, School of International Service 
American University

1:00-1:45pm 
Break for Lunch    

1:45-3:15pm
Panel III - Public Discourse on Palestine: Reasons for Optimism?

As occupation persists and technology develops, a growing number of Americans are challenging the long-held Israeli narrative of events and history in the region. We ask what changes there have been in U.S. media coverage, what role new and social media plays in that and what we can expect of these trends going forward. 

Samer Badawi
Communications Manager
Institute for Middle East Understanding

Will Youmans
Assistant Professor of Media
George Washington University

3:20-4:45pm 
Panel IV - Palestinian Strategy: Reform, Representation, and a New Framework 

Two decades after the start of the Oslo process there are more settlers and settlements in the West Bank today than ever before. Panelists will discuss whether the two-state solution is still viable, what challenges Palestinian reconciliation and representation present and evaluate Palestinian strategies for liberation. 

Noura Erakat
Freedman Teaching Fellow, Temple Law School; and Legal Advocacy Coordinator, Badil

Khaled Elgindy
Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Brookings Institute

Leila Hilal
Director
The New American Foundation Middle East Task Force