Past Events

Year 2014

  • Turkey & Regional Changes
  • | November 14, 2014
  • Speakers will address how Turkey is dealing with new regional challenges in the wake of this summer’s fighting in Syria between ISIS and Kurdish forces, which for the last two months has been concentrated in the city of Kobani/Ayn al-Arab on the Turkish-Syrian border. With the battle so close to home, Turkey has been faced with serious questions regarding international pressure to act against ISIS, and domestically, how this is could endanger the future of the current peace process with its own Kurdish population. In short, this talk will look at what are the greater implications of Turkish policy concerning Kobani on the Middle East, and domestically for the Turkish state.

    Location
    Peace Islands Institute
    535 5th Avenue 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Details
    RSVP required by Wednesday, November 12th
    rsvp@peaceislands.org or call 212 510 8644

    Lunch will be served after the panel
    Suggested donation $10 (due at the entrance)

    Panelists
    Louis Fishman, Professor (Moderator)
    CUNY Brooklyn College

    David Phillips, Director
    Peacebuilding and Rights Program
    Columbia University

    Joost Lagendijk, Columnist
    Zaman and Today’s Zaman

    Alon Ben-Meir, Professor
    New York University

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | November 12, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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    Iraq’s new Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, represents a rising generation of professionals, business leaders, and civic activists who have returned home to build a free-market democracy in their native land.

    Mr. Faily brings extensive experience in diplomacy, business organization management, Information Technology, and civic activism, as well as a familiarity with Anglo-American traditions and institutions, to his new role in Washington as one of Iraq’s most important diplomatic assignments.

    From June 2010 until May 2013, Mr. Faily served as Iraq’s Ambassador to Japan. Before this assignment, he served as an Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Mr. Faily lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies. During his last ten years in the UK, he held senior management positions in two major American companies, Ceridan Centrefile and then Electronic Data Systems, which is now part of Hewlett Packard. In addition, he held consultancy and team-leader positions in the Information Technology sector.

    While living and working in the UK, Mr. Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam’s dictatorship and advocated for democracy and rule of law in Iraq.

    Mr. Faily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK in 1988. Continuing his postgraduate studies, he has completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management and a postgraduate degree in Computing for Commerce and Industry.

    Fluent in English, Arabic and Kurdish, Ambassador Faily was born in Baghdad in 1966. He is married to Mrs. Lameis Faily and is now the father of four boys.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | October 20, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Mohamed M. Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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    Mohamed Tawfik was designated as Egypt’s first Ambassador to the United State of America to be accredited after the 25 January 2011 revolution. A career diplomat whose journey started in 1983, Mohamed Tawfik also served as Egypt’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Australia and as non-resident Ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Marshall Islands.

    Mr. Tawfik was educated at Cairo University where he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Organizations’ Law from the Universite de Paris and a diploma in diplomatic relations from the International Institute for Public Administration in Paris. Previous assignments include Washington DC, Harare Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Throughout his numerous assignments, Mr. Tawfik took part in numerous bilateral, regional and multinational negotiations, international conferences and meetings in the fields of disarmament, labor, human rights, and trade. He held numerous multilateral positions such as president of the Conference on Disarmament, chairman of the Group of 77 in Geneva, and coordinator of the New Agenda Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament.

    Mr. Tawfik is married to Amani Amin and they have two sons.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | April 24, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative to the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces

    Location

    NYU Washington, 1307 L Street, NW

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    Dr. Najib Ghadbian is a Syrian pro-democracy activist and academic. He served on the Board of the Day After Project, a cooperative movement by members of the Syrian opposition to outline a plan to rebuild the country and end the Syrian conflict once Bashar al-Assad is ousted from power.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | March 26, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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    Ambassador Rishchynski joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1982, after a career in the private sector in Africa and Latin America. He has served at the Canadian Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil (1983-1986), the Canadian Embassy in Amman, Jordan (1986-1989), the Canadian Consulate in Melbourne, Australia (1992-1993), the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (1993-1996), and the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois, USA (1997-1999). In 1999, he was appointed Canadian Ambassador to Colombia, serving for three years in Bogota, before returning to Canada. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Vice-President for the Americas at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Canada. From August 2005 to August 2007, he served as Canadian Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. His most recent assignment was as Canadian Ambassador to the United Mexican States, from 2007 to 2011.

  • The Emerging Tehran-Jerusalem Axis?
  • | March 3, 2014
  • Alon Ben-Meir and Ramin Parham will engage in a debate on “The Emerging Tehran-Jerusalem Axis,” moderated by Antoine Sfeir.

    Where
    Hotel Marriott
    70 avenue des Champs Elysees
    Paris

    Registration Required
    Please call +33 (0) 6 11 31 70 89 to register

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | February 20, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Ron Prosor, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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    Ambassador Ron Prosor became Israel’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. in June 2011, bringing to this position over two decades of experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served for nearly four years as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Between 2004 and 2007 Mr. Prosor served as the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing the work of the Foreign Ministry during the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. His previous overseas service has included roles in Washington, London, and Bonn. Mr. Prosor was instrumental in establishing diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He also was a member of Israel’s delegation to the Wye River Summit talks in 1998. Mr. Prosor served in Washington between 1998 and 2002 as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israeli Embassy, throughout the transition from the Clinton to Bush administrations after the presidential elections of 2000. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating with distinction.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations With Alon Ben-Meir
  • | January 8, 2014
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative to the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

    Location

    NYU Washington, 1307 L Street, NW

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Year 2013

  • Global Leaders: Conversations With Alon Ben-Meir
  • | December 10, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and former Special Advisor for Transition in Syria

    Location

    NYU Washington, 1307 L Street, NW

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | December 3, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Alia Hatoug-Bouran, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States

    Location

    NYU Washington, 1307 L Street, NW

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | November 25, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Nicholas Emiliou, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | November 14, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Geir O. Pedersen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | November 11, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel

    Location

    NYU Washington, 1307 L Street, NW

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations With Alon Ben-Meir
  • | October 28, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Mohammed Alhussaini Al Sharif, Ambassador and Chief Representative of the League of the Arab States to the United States

    Location

    15 Barclay Street, Room 430 (Woolworth Building)

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  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • | March 13, 2013
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: H.E. Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States and Mexico

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Year 2012

  • World Policy Around The Table
  • Gustavino’s | May 3, 2012
  • The World Policy Institute is marking 50 years with a celebration and conversation. Hosts, including Dr. Ben-Meir, will engage dinner guests on various themes. Dr. Ben-Meir will be leading a discussion on New Security Priorities with other World Policy Fellows.

    Where: Gustavino's
    409 E. 59th Street (at First Avenue)
    New York, NY

    When: 6:00pm

    Registration Required
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  • Whitehead Journal Panel Discussion and Launch
  • Seton Hall, NJ | March 29, 2012
  • Alon Ben-Meir will be participating in a panel discussion and launch event for Seton Hall University's Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy issue "Beyond the Arab Spring." The panel will discuss how the U.S. should respond to the uprisings in the Middle East and other emerging global threats.

  • J Street "Making History"
  • Washington, D.C. | March 26, 2012
  • In a panel discussion as part of J Street's Making History conference, Dr. Ben-Meir will discuss the Arab Spring and what it means for peace and stability in the region, particularly the impact on Israel's security and the peace process.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, New York University | March 7, 2012
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.
    Guest: Ambassador Namik Tan, Turkish Ambassador to the U.S.

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, New York University | March 1, 2012
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.
    Guest: Ambassador Houda Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain to the U.S.

Year 2011

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Woolworth Building/NYU | November 30, 2011
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: Her Excellency Alia Hatoug-Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States

    Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    Location Information:
    Downtown – Woolworth (View Map)
    15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street)
    New York, NY
    Room: 430
    Contact Information:
    Phone: 212-992-8380
    Email: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Woolworth Building/NYU | November 16, 2011
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: His Excellency Herman Schaper, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations

    Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    Location Information:
    Downtown – Woolworth (View Map)
    15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street)
    New York, NY
    Room: 430
    Contact Information:
    Phone: 212-992-8380
    Email: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Woolworth Building/NYU | November 16, 2011
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: His Excellency Herman Schaper, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations

    Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    Location Information:
    Downtown – Woolworth (View Map)
    15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street)
    New York, NY
    Room: 430
    Contact Information:
    Phone: 212-992-8380
    Email: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Woolworth Building/NYU | November 2, 2011
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States

    Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

    Location Information:
    Downtown – Woolworth (View Map)
    15 Barclay Street (bet. Broadway and Church Street)
    New York, NY
    Room: 430
    Contact Information:
    Phone: 212-992-8380
    Email: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Budrus Screening and Discussion
  • The Tribeca Grand Hotel | September 9, 2011
  • The United Nations Association of New York is presenting a special screening of Budros followed by a discussion with Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

    Where: The Tribeca Grand Hotel
    2 Avenue of the Americas (between White and Walker Streets)
    New York, NY

    When: 6:30-7:00 PM registration and cash bar
    Screening begins promptly at 7:00 PM

    Registration Required
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Year 2009

  • Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies | July 3, 2009
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies

    In his lecture, Dr. Ben-Meir will propose the policy options and hard choices facing both the new governments of the United States and Israel. Though the first meeting between the US President and the newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister was friendly, it became apparent that the two leaders had divergent priorities in the region. Whilst President Obama highlighted the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question, Prime Minister Netanyahu fell short of acknowledging this and instead highlighted the need to confront the Iranian threat. The international community will now observe with keen interest whether this is indeed a new era of diplomacy in the Middle East.

  • "The Last Option"
  • The Chatham House | July 2, 2009
  • Chatham House

    In his presentation titled,"The Last Option," Dr. Ben-Meir will speak in detail on the prospects for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace deal, addressing the timely opportunity found in the new Netanyahu and Obama governments, and how the international community can assist these efforts.

  • Progressive British Muslims
  • Progressive British Muslims | June 30, 2009
  • Progressive British Muslims

    Progressive British Muslims was founded to provide a voice for liberal Muslims living in the United Kingdom. It aims to tackle violent extremism by building a coalition of progressive Muslim voices able to tackle head-on the rhetoric of the Islamist movements operating in the UK.

  • Global Leader Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor | April 21, 2009
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Guest: His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States

    Date and Time: 6:30 – 7:45 pm on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)

    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

    For more information, visit the NYU website.

  • Global Leader Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor | March 12, 2009
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues. 

    Guest: His Excellency Samir Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States 

    Date and Time: 6:30 – 7:45 pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)

    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

    For more information, visit the NYU website.

Year 2008

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS, New York University | November 13, 2008
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues. 

    Guest: Ambassador Hussein Hassouna, Chief Representative of the Arab League to the United States

    Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)

    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY | October 23, 2008
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues. 

    Guest: Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

    Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)

    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • A Discussion with Nigel Ashton
  • CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY | October 21, 2008
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    Dr. Ben-Meir will be hosting a discussion with renowned author Nigel Ashton about King Hussein and his unique role in the Middle East. Ashton's new book, King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life, published by Yale University Press, provides many fresh insights into the statecraft of the colorful monarch who reigned for nearly half a century.

    Time: 5:00-6:30pm

    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)

    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu 

     

     

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | April 16, 2008
  • Date: April 16, 2008 

    Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Guest: Ambassador John Bruton, Head of EU Commission to the United States
    Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

     

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | April 1, 2008
  • Date: April 1, 2008 

    Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Guest: Ambassador/Dr. Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.
    Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

     

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | March 26, 2008
  • Date: March 26, 2008 

    Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Guest: Ambassador Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
    Time: 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

     

  • The Middle East Disconnect
  • NYU | February 6, 2008
  • Wednesdays 10:00am-11:40am 
    February 6 – April 16, 2008 

    This course will focus on the political, cultural, religious and ideological disconnect between East and West that have produced the present upheaval sweeping the region. And how past Western policies have not only failed to bridge but widened the gap between East and West.  Among the topics this course will focus on include: The long-term effect of the neoconservative policies, national mindset and polity, crisis of leadership and restive public, the desire for and the fear of change, the repercussion of East West conflicting interests, the culture of violence and sanctification of death and the illusive war on terrorism.

     

    To register call NYU registration office at 212-998-7150 or access NYU SCPS website:

    http://www.scps.nyu.edu/course-detail/X12.9021/20081/the-middle-east-disconnect

     

     

Year 2007

  • Alon Ben-Meir Lecture: Why Syria Matters
  • NYU Scandinavian House | November 14, 2007
  • Overview: Syria matters not only because it is central to Arab-Israeli peace, but because Syria is key to the overall Middle East stability.

  • Global Leader Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | October 30, 2007
  • His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
    Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States.

     In this engaging and provocative series, Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues from the foreign policy and diplomatic perspective of nations around the world.

    Before becoming Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. in 2007, Prince Zeid Ra’ad served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN from August 2000 until December 2006. Among his numerous accomplishments, Prince Zeid played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and was elected as its first president in 2002. He has also served as chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Legal Protection under the Convention as the coordinator for the Non-Aligned Movement on Peacekeeping.

    Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
    Location: The public assembly room Center for Global Affairs, NYU, in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at 212-992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leader Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | October 16, 2007
  • The Honorable Urs Ziswiler
    Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States 

    In this engaging and provocative series, Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues from the foreign policy and diplomatic perspective of nations around the world.

    Prior to his arrival in Washington , DC as ambassador of Switzerland to the U.S., Urs Ziswiler served as head of the Directorate of Political Affairs at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and as senior diplomatic advisor to the minister of foreign affairs. Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of postings in Bern and abroad, including positions in Canada, the Bahamas, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Argentina, Israel, Congo, Nigeria, and Norway.

    Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
    Location: The public assembly room Center for Global Affairs, NYU, in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at 212-992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | October 2, 2007
  • The Honorable Al Belooshi
    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States.

     In this engaging and provocative series, Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues from the foreign policy and diplomatic perspective of nations around the world.

    Naser M.Y. Al Belooshi became ambassador of Bahrain to the U.S. on October 3, 2005. Ambassador Al Belooshi previously served as executive director of management services at the Bahrain Monetary Agency, executive director of the Arab Monetary Fund in the United Arab Emirates, and director of economic research at the Bahrain Center for Studies and Research. In addition, Ambassador Al Belooshi lectured at various universities and colleges, including the University of Maryland’s European Division.

    Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
    Location: The public assembly room Center for Global Affairs, NYU, in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at 212-992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building | April 12, 2007
  • Guest: Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations

    Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Alon Ben-Meir will host Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tanin was an Editor of BBC World Service Persian/Pashto Section in Afghanistan in 2003-2006 and Afghanistan and Central Asia, Persian Section, in 2001-2003. Having started his career in 1980 as a journalist in Kabul, Mr. Tanin came to BBC from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Research Fellow at the International Relations Department in 1994 to 1995.

    Dr. Zahir Tanin has extensive knowledge of Afghanistan and international affairs and has written a number of articles and books on Afghanistan both in Dari and English. He is co-author of The Communist Regime in Afghanistan, a comprehensive study of the political and social changes in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992, and authored Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century.

    Date: April 12, 2007
    Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. For more information or to register call the Center at 212-992-8380 or e-mail: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders in Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, NYU | March 1, 2007
  • Guest: Dr. Hamid Al Bayati, Ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations

    Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues. The exchange of views during these encounters offers opportunities to explore new policies while enhancing the audience's understanding of important global issues.

    Dr. Al Bayati worked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs and Bilateral Relations from 2004 to 2006. During the same period, he headed the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies in Iraq. Upon his arrival in New York in 2006, Dr. Al-Bayati made significant progress as Iraq's Permanent Representative and was elected as Chair of the United Nations' Third Committee related to Social, Economic, and Human Rights.

    Date: March 1, 2007
    Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at 212-992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • U.S. Policy towards Israel-Palestine, 2006-2008: Expectations and Recommendations
  • American Task Force on Palestine, Washington DC. | January 23, 2007
  • The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) held a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., ‘U.S. Policy Towards Israel-Palestine: 2006-2008, Expectations and Recommendations.' The briefing featured 3 speakers giving the Palestinian, Israeli and American perspectives on the issue: Ghaith Al-Omari, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation; Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, Professor of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University; and Dr. Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

    Dr. Alon Ben-Meir viewed the violence & outcome of the past 6 years as a result of the negligence of the Bush administration in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He saw no evidence that Hamas was moderating and as a result Israel was right not to work with Hamas on any level. Ben-Meir emphasized the importance of appointing a high-level U.S. envoy that had the full support of the President and that stayed in the Middle East. He noted that the high turnover rate of U.S. Mideast envoys during the Bush administration had resulted in inconsistent views and negotiating.

    Ben-Meir urged the United States to use its influence with Israel to moderate Israeli policy, especially in the Occupied Territories. This should be done in conjunction with empowering Abbas through political, economic, and military support. On the diplomatic level, Ben-Meir called for a renewed multi-lateral approach to the conflict that included the E.U, Russia and the UN. He noted that the engagement of Saudi, Egypt, and Jordan had made it clear that the Arab world supports the two state solution.

    Finally, Ben-Meir emphasized the emotional resonance of the Palestine issue to over 1 billion Arabs and Muslims who viewed the U.S. ‘through the prism of the Palestine issue.' While he agreed that there was no direct linkage between the Palestine issue and other Mideast problems such as Iraq, Ben-Meir stressed that a positive U.S. role in Israel/Palestine would greatly enhance the U.S. image and consequently diplomacy in the region.

Year 2006

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Guest: The Honorable Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States | November 28, 2006
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them. 

    Guest: The Honorable Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States

    Dr. Imad Moustapha has been Syria’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2004. He was previously dean of the University of Damascus’ Faculty of Information Technology and secretary general of the Arab School on Science and Technology. He also co-founded the Network of Syrian Scientists, Technologists and Innovators Abroad and co-authored the U.N.-sponsored “Arab Human Development Report,” which was widely quoted throughout the world.

    Date: November 28, 2006
    Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at (212) 992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Guest: Terje Rød-Larsen, President of International Peace Academy | November 1, 2006
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.

    Guest: Terje Rød-Larsen, President of International Peace Academy; UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to the Middle East

    In 1993, Rød-Larsen was appointed ambassador and special adviser for the Middle East Peace process to the Norwegian Foreign Minister. In mid-1994, he was appointed United Nations special coordinator in the Occupied Territories at the rank of under-secretary-general. In 1996, Rød-Larsen became Norwegian deputy prime minister and minister for planning and cooperation, before re-joining the United Nations. From 1999 to December 2004, Mr. Rød-Larsen served as UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and personal representative of the secretary-general to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, holding the rank of under-secretary-general.

    Date: November 1, 2006
    Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: NYU Center for Global Affairs in the Woolworth Building – 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street)
    Registration: Events are open to the public at no charge. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before programs begin. Register by phone at (212) 992-8380 or email details to: scps.global.affairs@nyu.edu

  • Bush’s Policies in the Middle East: Disastrous Miscalculations
  • Litchfield, Connecticut | October 15, 2006
  • In this presentation, Ben-Meir surveys major events in the Middle East during the past few years, discusses the Bush administration’s policies toward the region and offer some suggestions as to how to prevent the current turmoil in the Middle East from precipitating regional war. 

  • Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir
  • Center for Global Affairs, New York University | September 20, 2006
  • Dr. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them.
    Guest: Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S.

  • Panel Discussion: Why Turkey and Why Now?
  • New York City | February 2, 2006
  • Guests: Turkish Consul General Omer Onhon and Dr. Moshe Maoz, Professor of Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University
    Moderated by Alon Ben-Meir
    World Policy Institute at the New School

Year 2005

Year 2001

  • Prospects for a Shared Jerusalem
  • | April 5, 2001
  • Foundation for Middle East Peace
    Prof. Alon Ben-Meir, New University of Social Research
    Prof. Rashid Khalidi, President, AJC, Director, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago
    Daniel Seidemann, Advocate, Director, Pro-Jerusalem Society, Jerusalem
    Prof. Salim Tamari, Bir Zeit University, Director, Institute of Jerusalem Studies, Jerusalem, Visiting Professor, New York University
    http://www.fmep.org/analysis/articles/prospects_for_shared_jerusalem.html