- Wilson Center presentation on Becoming Enemies
- Brookings Institution roundtable on Iran-Iraq War
- US-Iran: Lessons from the Past for the Present and Future
February 27, 2009 / Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
- Luncheon Dialogue with Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
September 11, 2006 / MIT
- Regional Perspective: Turkey in Transition
March 13, 2006 / Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
About the event
CIS convened a public forum on “Turkey’s Turbulent Road to the EU,” cosponsored with and held at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The distinguished panel discussed a wide range of topics: Turkey’s relations with Iraq and Iran, its human rights record, the effect of the EU on Turkey’s political system, and other regional issues.
This was the first in a series of inquiries about the broader region affecting the future of the Gulf.
Zehra Arat, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, Purchase College, State University of New York; recent IREX fellowship recipient focusing on human rights in Turkey
Lenore Martin, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Emmanuel College, and Research Associate at Harvard University; coeditor and coauthor of The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy
John Sitilides, Chairman, Board of Advisors, Southeast Europe Project, Woodrow Wilson Center
Mario Zucconi, Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; Professor of International Relations, University of Urbino, Italy; Scholar at the Ethnobarometer in Rome, Italy
John Tirman (convenor), Executive Director, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Iran and the Nuclear Question
November 2, 2005 / New York City and the United Nations
About the event
The Center for International Studies’ Persian Gulf Initiative convened Iranian scholars in New York City for presentations at a public forum and briefings at the United Nations on the structure and context of nuclear decision-making in Iran. The speakers reviewed Iran’s recent history, including the personalization of politics, especially by Iran’s Supreme Leader; the gradual growth of the Revolutionary Guard; the consolidation by conservatives of a shadow decision-making apparatus; and the growing complexity of Iran’s politics. They also discussed the ways in which global and regional geopolitics since 9/11 have tended to strengthen the call by Iranian conservatives for heightened security measures; also, how the conservative view that nuclear weapons are a deterrent “strategy of peace” resonates with the Iranian population.
Full Summary of the forum
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Visiting Scholar, MIT Center for International Studies 2005-2006, Member of the Majlis, 2000-2004
Dr. Ali Mostashari, UNDP, Co-founder of the Iran Studies Group at MIT
Prof. Vali Nasr, Naval Postgraduate School, author of Democracy in Iran and Shi’a Revival
Prof. Hadi Semati, University of Tehran and Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
John Tirman (moderator), Executive Director, MIT Center for International Studies
- Iraq: Making a State During Civil War
October 3, 2005 / Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
About the event
The Persian Gulf Initiative partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., to present a discussion about the complex task of building a new state in the turbulent state that is current-day Iraq. Among the topics addressed were the drafting of the Iraqi constitution, the contributions to democratization by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the relationships between and within Iraq's ethic groups, notions of identity in Iraq, and the relationship between Iraq's economy and state-building efforts.
Woodrow Wilson Center summary
John Tirman, MIT Center for International Studies (moderator)
Barbara Bodine, Executive Director, Governance Initiative in the Middle East, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
Brendan O'Leary, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Robert E. Looney, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
Isam al-Khafaji, Professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Iran (Featuring political scientist Mohammed Hadi Semati)
May 5, 2005
- Saudi Arabia (Featuring historian Abdulaziz al-Fahad)
April 5, 2005