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After Super Tuesday: Evaluating the Democratic Party Candidates for President of the United States

If you are in Florence on March 4, come to our panel discussion on the democratic primaries. I will be with my EUI colleagues David Adler & @federica_vinci_
as well as NYU’s Debora Spini & Yale’s Paul Kahn.

https://www.eui.eu/events/detail?eventid=528327

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February 23, 2020 at 10:26 am

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Registration Now Open: The 13th Tunis Exchange Politics Conference June 7-14, 2020

After almost 12 years, we finally have the ability to offer fully funded scholarships to attend our Exchanges around the Middle East and North Africa.
 
The notice for our 13th Tunis Exchange is below and here is more information about qualifying for a scholarship:
 
The Foundation for Global Political Exchange currently has one fully funded Scholarship (covering the conference fee, a per diem for meals, accommodation and airfare/transportation to the Exchange) available in each of two categories: A) The Global Exchange Researcher Scholarship available for researchers who will deepen the social, political and geographic diversity of the Exchange and who can document a lack of institutional or self-funding ability; and B) The Tunisian/Tunisian Origin Researcher Scholarship for Tunisian researchers who additionally demonstrate a lack of institutional or self-funding ability. For any questions related to scholarships or to request an application with more information, email info@thebeirutexchange.com.
 

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February 14, 2020 at 12:04 pm

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Three truly progressive cases for a new US approach to its military intervention in Syria

I offered criticism this summer of one, self-labeled “progressive” case for keeping US troops in Syria. Dareen at ICG as well as Thanassis & Michael at TCF have all offered a truly progressive vision that needs to be the center of serious discussion in our Party and beyond. Thanassis & I have disagreed on several points as well as approaches over the years, but his piece with Michael Wahid Hanna is really an interesting & compelling case & much closer to a progressive vision: tcf.org/content/report as is Dareen’s here. 3/3 I don’t know Daniel Serwer, but his piece “A not so progressive case for withdrawing from Syria” is also an important corrective here.

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September 22, 2019 at 6:37 pm

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Nicholas Noe in Tablet on February 21: Criticism of the “Miscalculation” thesis concerning impending Israel-“Resistance Axis” War

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My piece in Tablet came out yesterday, February 21. I used the latest Crisis Group report as a peg to criticize what I view as an incorrect and even dangerous framework(s) to understand the fast approaching regional war, one that will be destructive far beyond the last seven terrible years of the Syria War (a war which I argued against accelerating in May 2011 and again in the NYT in February 2012 here and here). In one sense, the Tablet piece is an extension of my earlier criticism of ICG’s September 2015 report that called for US military intervention.

A key claim I made is that: “There is no “bloody nose,” “mowing the grass,” or “Little Pines” (as in the original “limited” 1982 Israeli invasion plan for Lebanon) strategy when it comes to a “pre-emptive” attack by Israel that would adequately degrade its enemies’ power in Lebanon. Since…

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August 25, 2019 at 9:13 am

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Applications Closing July 30th: The 4th Yemen Exchange, October 21-26 @ Beirut

The 4th Yemen Exchange: An Intensive Course on Yemen
October 21-26, 2019
@ Beirut, Lebanon

The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in partnership with The Exchange. Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country as well as those already thoroughly-versed in Yemeni dynamics. During the six-day program, participants from around the world listen to and engage with Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, civil society actors, tribal figures, business leaders, academics and various Yemen experts to gain insight and critical knowledge about the country from a wide range of perspectives.

The course specifically covers: Yemeni socio-political dynamics, internal divisions within various parties to the war, the possibility of Southern secession, military developments on the ground, the regional proxy struggle, local, regional and international diplomatic efforts, the humanitarian crisis and response, economic and state collapse, the rise of the war economy, the status of energy exports and the country’s port facilities, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups, human rights and war crimes, as well as historical, social, archeological and cultural issues.

The Yemen Exchange rests on two discussion tracks:
Professional & Academic – Participants attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and experts from Yemen and the wider region.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen to and engage with leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Yemen.

Request an application via exchange@sanaacenter.org

Application Deadline: July 30, 2019 – Acceptance on a rolling basis; The Exchange will be capped at 35 attendees.

For more information visit: http://sanaacenter.org/event/the-yemen-exchange

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July 26, 2019 at 8:22 pm

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The 4th Yemen Exchange: An Intensive Course on Yemen, October 21-26, 2019 @ Beirut, Lebanon

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The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in partnership with The Exchange. Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country as well as those already thoroughly-versed in Yemeni dynamics. During the six-day program, participants from around the world listen to and engage with Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, civil society actors, tribal figures, business leaders, academics and various Yemen experts to gain insight and critical knowledge about the country from a wide range of perspectives.

The course specifically covers: Yemeni socio-political dynamics, internal divisions within various parties to the war, the possibility of Southern secession, military developments on the ground, the regional proxy struggle, local, regional and international diplomatic efforts, the humanitarian crisis and response, economic and state collapse, the rise of the war economy, the status of energy exports and the country’s port facilities, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups, human rights and war crimes, as well as historical, social, archeological and cultural issues.

The Yemen Exchange rests on two discussion tracks:

Professional & Academic – Participants attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and experts from Yemen and the wider region.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen to and engage with leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Yemen.

To apply, request a registration form via exchange@sanaacenter.org.
Conference location and date: Beirut, Lebanon, October 21 – 26, 2019.
Application Deadline: July 30, 2019 – Acceptance on a rolling basis.

* The Exchange will be capped at 35 attendees.

For more information visit: Sanaa Center for Strategic Studiesunnamed

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June 28, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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Sihem Ben Sedrine, President of the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission, to Keynote Beirut Exchange Anniversary Event June 22

After years of bringing researchers to her office in Tunis, it is an honor for us to finally host Sihem Ben Sedrine for her first speech outside of Tunisia after having ended her tenure as President of the Tunisian Truth & Dignity Commission. Join us June 22 in Beirut!
 
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June 5, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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