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February 2018

ACMCU event “On Gender, Justice, and Change: Muslim Women’s Activism as Practice and Discourse” with Julianne Hammer

February 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EST
ICC 270

Juliane Hammer is associate professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the study of American Muslims, contemporary Muslim thought, women and gender in Islam, and Sufism. She is the author of Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland (2005) and American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (2012), as well as the co-editor of A Jihad for Justice (with…

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Undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (CDS) Info Session

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
CCAS Boardroom, ICC

RSVP link: https://ucds-2018.eventbrite.comPlease join us on February 21 in CCAS Boardroom from 4:00-5:00 pm for an information session to learn more about the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s certificate in diplomatic studies. Current sophomores are eligible to apply by March 23, 2018. The undergraduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies is designed for students whose careers will demand an understanding of the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. It is open to students from all BSFS majors and seeks to build on the…

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Cuban Energy Insecurity: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges

February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

For nearly two centuries, energy insecurity has been a key factor shaping the history of modern Cuba and Cuba's place in the Gulf/Caribbean region and the wider world. Based on research in published and archival sources in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom, this presentation will give an overview of the energy history of Cuba in the fossil-fuel age, and argue that the problem of energy insecurity is essential to understand both the origins and the…

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Poetry at the Center: Master Class in Creative Writing w/ David Ebenbach

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
McGhee Library, ICC 3rd Floor

Join the Center for Jewish Civilization for this third and final event in our poetry series! The event will be led by professor of the practice, David Ebenbach. RSVP here: https://cjccreativewriting.eventbrite.com

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Unpacking the Muslim Bans with Shoba Wadhia

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Leavey Program Room, Georgetown University, 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057, 3201 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC United States

Unpacking the Muslim Bans: A Conversation on Islamophobia in the Courts and the AdministrationThe Bridge Initiative  is excited to co-sponsor with The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies  and GU Law's Office of Equity, Community, and Inclusion to bring Penn State Professor, attorney, and alumna of GU's Law School, Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia  who has been at the forefront of unpacking, analyzing and “translating” the various iterations of the Muslim Bans promulgated by the current administration. At Penn State, Professor Wadhia is a Weiss Faculty…

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Venezuela: Charting the Future

February 23 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building

Venezuela is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, both political and economic. Economic dislocation and upheaval, widespread protests, and government crackdowns have left the country’s future troublingly uncertain. What is the short- and long-term outlook for Venezuela? How can the United States, the rest of Latin America, and the global community facilitate a transition back to economic growth, social peace, and political stability for the country? Panelists of scholars, policymakers, business leaders, and civil society representatives will address the…

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Jad Melki on Communication Strategies of Modern Terrorism: The ISIS media model

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Healy Family Student Center, Herman Room

Join us as Professor Jad Melki discusses the media strategies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and highlights the group's ability to implement a combination of terrorism tactics synchronized with communication strategies to gain media exposure, push news frames that serve its interests, disseminate a consistent brand, and target well-defined stakeholders with a dual message using sophisticated branding strategies that resonate with cultural values and help it ultimately recruit supporters and deter opponents. While the Islamic State as…

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A Teach-In on Global Migrations and Refguees: the US and the Middle East

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Alan and Sally Merten Hall, 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA Fairfax, VA United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is excited to partner with George Mason University's  Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute to host a teach-in on global migrations and refugees.The current global policy environment surrounding migration and immigration reflects urgent humanitarian needs. At the same time, global responses are being shaped by resurgent exclusionist tendencies that also defined earlier migration policies in the twentieth century. Our teach-in will explore these facts of migration in the context…

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Russian Goals and Interests in the Middle East

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Join CERES for a lecture with Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, a leading expert on the Middle East who has collaborated closely with Russia's Foreign Ministry on Syria. As Russia establishes a deeper foothold in Syria, Dr. Naumkin will provide a broad overview of Russian policy in the Middle East. His talk will be followed by a reception.Mortara Center for International Studies3600 N Street NWWashington, DC 200575:00 - 6:30 PMLight reception to followRSVP here: vitalynaumkinatceres.eventbrite.com

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Workshop on Reorienting Islam in SEA: Abstracts and Administrative Details

February 27 @ 9:00 am - February 28 @ 12:00 pm EST
CCAS Boardroom

Southeast Asia is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, with more than three hundred million Muslims living in present-day Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Historically, the region has been closely linked to the larger Muslim world and other Islamicate regions across the globe, functioning as a strategic hub where peoples, products, ideas and cultures flowed and intermingled with the local Muslims to give rise to cosmopolitan states, port cities, neighborhoods…

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Does Democracy Still Matter? A Conversation About Democracy At Home and Abroad

February 27 @ 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm EST
Copley Formal Lounge, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA Washington, DC United States

In January, Freedom House released its annual Freedom in the World survey showing a continuing decline in democratic performance worldwide, including in the U.S.  With recent global and domestic events, many questions have been raised about the future of democracy.  Is democracy the most effective governing system to protect security, prosperity, and human rights?  What are the greatest challenges to democracy globally?  Does the international community have an obligation to promote democracy globally?  If so, how?  MSFS and the George W.…

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Book Launch: “The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters” with Matthew Kroenig

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

For decades, the reigning scholarly wisdom about nuclear weapons policy has been that the United States only needs the ability to absorb an enemy nuclear attack and still be able to respond with a devastating counterattack. So long as the US, or any other nation, retains such an assured retaliation capability, no sane leader would intentionally launch a nuclear attack against it, and nuclear deterrence will hold. According to this theory, possessing more weapons than necessary for a second-strike capability…

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Removing Obstacles to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 450

The past 30 years have witnessed a remarkable shift in our understanding of the elements that make for sustainable economic development. The focus of the economics profession has broadened, as we have come to better comprehend the role of such factors as education and skills, institutions, technology, transparency and accountability. This presentation deals with one of these concerns: the role of corruption and its multifaceted interactions with the process of economic development. It explores some of the principal sources of…

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SFS Master’s Development Seminar Series: Mark Giordano

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
ICC 700

Please join us for the next iteration of the SFS Master's Development Seminar Series, with Mark Giordano.

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March 2018

I Spy with My Private Eye: Contracting, Sovereignty, and the US Intelligence Community

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

I Spy with My Private Eye: Contracting, Sovereignty, and the US Intelligence Community Simon Frankel Pratt is a post-doctoral researcher, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, where he is currently also a lecturer. His research focuses on institutional change, strategic innovation, and normative evolution in national and international security sectors. His project in DC examines the private intelligence industry and practices of government contracting. His past work…

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Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism with Dr. Zachary Lockman

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Georgetown University-Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 3700 O Street, N.W., 241 Intercultural Center (ICC), Washington, DC 20057, USA, 1401 Center St NW
Washington, DC United States

Join us for a talk by Dr. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. Professor Lockman will present on the themes of his most recent book, covering the history and politics of Orientalism.Professor Lockman specializes in the socioeconomic, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, particularly the Mashriq. He has served as president of the Middle East Studies Association and a member of its Committee on Academic Freedom; as a member of the Joint…

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Diplomacy is a Feminine Art: Gender and International Hierarchies in Diplomacy

March 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Until recently, Foreign Service was one of the most male-dominated spheres of the state and one into which women had difficulties entering (e.g. Enloe 1990; Neumann 2008). Legal bans on women in diplomacy were lifted between the 1920s and 1950s, and rules barring women diplomats from marrying remained in place until the 1970s. In the past two decades, a large number of women have entered the Foreign Service of many states, being posted around the world. This rather dramatic change…

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American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Leavey Program Room – Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 1101 Raum St NE
Washington, DC United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is excited to partner with The Bridge Initiative to host Professor Khaled Beydoun for a talk on his newly published book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served on the UCLA School of Law faculty, and currently serves as affiliated faculty with the UC-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Professor Beydoun has extensive…

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April 2018

Friday Music Series: Ozan Aksoy, vocals; The Bağlama, long-necked lute

April 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW
Washington, DC United States

The CCAS is partnering with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Ozan Aksoy performs instrumental and vocal musical examples from the rich and diverse traditions that have made their homes in Anatolia and the Middle East. The program will feature music from Turkish, Kurdish, Alevi, Armenian, Arabic, and Persian folk and urban repertoires. The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select Fridays.McNEIR HALL, NEW NORTH BUILDINGFREEThis series…

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Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture: Reading the Arabesque

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
ICC Auditorium 3700 O St NW Washington, DC 20057 Washington, DC United States

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is honored to invite Mr. Kamal Boullata to deliver the Bi-Annual Kareema Khoury Distinguished Lecture. His presentation is entitled Reading the Arabesque.Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer. Born in Jerusalem in 1942, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C. As an artist, his abstract compositions which were once inspired by Arabic calligraphy evolved into purely geometric abstractions.His lecture is based on his published…

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Friday Music Series: Kareem Roustom

April 20 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA, 3901 Georgetown Ct NW
Washington, DC United States

The CCAS is excited to partner with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom has been active on the international music scene for over a decade having written commissioned works for the Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and many others. He has even written arrangements for Shakira and Beyonce, and his work in film has earned him an Emmy nomination. Roustom has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “a gifted and accomplished…

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Friday Music Series: Darwish Dancing with Takht Ensemble

April 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

The CCAS is excited to partner with the Performing Arts Department on this installment of their Friday Music Series.Khaled AlMaoulaoui is a Syrian Dervish dancer and acclaimed percussionist hailing from a family of Sufi performers. Khaled will be accompanied by a traditional Takht ensemble (Middle Eastern orchestra), including Huda Asfour, oud and qanoun, Kamyar Arsani, daf and Chakib Hillali on oud and Nay. The ensemble will present traditional Sufi and Syrian musical repertoire. Whirling dervish dance is a form of Sama…

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