Event Recordings

TRI Lunchtime Lectures



Steffen Hertog

Locked Out of Development: Insiders and Outsiders in Arab Capitalism

Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics and Political Science 

April 19, 2023




Adam Mestyan

Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East

Adam Mestyan, Associate Professor of History at Duke University 

April 11, 2023




Mohammed Yahya

China’s New Role in the Gulf: the Iranian-Saudi Agreement

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya, Harvard Kennedy School 

 April 6, 2023




Samuel Helfont

Iraq against the World: Saddam, America, and the post-Cold War Order

Samuel Helfont, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California 

April 4, 2023




Shaykh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah

Reflections on the Gulf War: Three Decades Later

Shaykh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (“KPC”)


Feb 28, 2023



Chas Freeman

From Pawns to Global Powers: The Nations of the Middle East Strike Back

Charles “Chas” Freeman, Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

February 14, 2023




Alaa Al Aswany

Book Talk: The Dictatorship Syndrome

Alaa Al Aswany

February 9, 2023




Aaron Zelin

The Age of Political Jihadism: The Case of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Aaron Zelin, Brandeis University

February 7, 2023




John Waterbury

Assessing Higher Education in the Middle East 

John Waterbury, Princeton University

Jan 31, 2023




Amal Sachedina

What’s in a Name: The Lasting Legacy of Slavery on Public Lives in the Sultanate of Oman

Amal Sachedina, Princeton University

Dec 6, 2022




Ghassan Salame'

Reflections on a Career in the Diplomatic and Political Trenches of the Arab World

Ghassan Salamé,  Sciences-Po (Paris)

Nov 29, 2022




Tyson Patros

Blueprints of Change: Organized Labor and Revolutionary Constitution-Making in Tunisia

Tyson Patros, Princeton University

Nov 15, 2022




Youssef Chahed

Is Democracy in the Arab World a Trap? Reflections on the Arab Spring and the Case of Tunisia

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Former Prime Minister of Tunisia and fellow at Harvard University

Nov 10, 2022




Arian Sharifi

Transnational Terrorism and Organized Crime in Afghanistan and their Implications for Security in the Region and Beyond

Arian Sharifi, Princeton University

Nov 1, 2022


Rana Almutawa

Everyday Life in the "Spectacular" City: Making Home in Dubai

Rana AlMutawa, NYU Abu Dhabi

Oct 25, 2022




Joel Rayburn

The US Government’s Formulation of Middle East Policies: An Insider’s Perspective

Col. Joel Rayburn, Research Fellow, New America Foundation

Oct 11, 2022




Joseph Sassoon

The Sassoons: The Global Merchants and the Making of a Dynasty

Joseph Sassoon, Georgetown University

Oct 6, 2022




Ethan Chorin

The Impact of the Attack in Benghazi and the War in Libya on American Domestic and Foreign Politics

Ethan Chorin, Director, Perim Associates

Sept 27, 2022




Joelle Abi Rached

Asfuriyyeh : A History of Madness, Modernity and War in the Middle East

Joelle Abi Rached, Harvard University

Sept 20, 2022




Michael Gordon

Degrade and Destroy: How the U.S. Defeated the Islamic State?

Michael Gordon, The Wall Street Journal

Sept 13, 2022




Soli Ozel

Has Political Islam in Turkey been Terminated by the AKP?

Soli Ozel, Istanbul Kadir Has Unviersity and Institut Montaigne, Paris

Sept 6, 2022




Ray Takeyh

The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty

 Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relation

Apr 21, 2022




Dr. Alda Benjamen

Assyrians in Modern Iraq

Dr. Alda Benjamen, University of California, Berkeley

April 7, 2022




Emma Aubin

Embodying the Virgin Mary, Christ, and the Nation: A Contemporary Lebanese Female Mystic and her Unconventional Conduct

Emma Aubin-Boltanski, National centre for Scientific Research, France

March 31, 2022 





Soner Cagaptay

The Erdogan Era in Turkey and Its Legacy

Soner Cagaptay, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC

March 15, 2022 





Merouan Mekouar

The Evolution of Repressive Policing in Algeria

Merouan Mekouar, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University, Canada

February 24, 2022





Steve Coll

Afghanistan - The anatomy of America's Withdrawal 

Steve Coll, Columbia University; Writer at New Yorker

February 17, 2022





Clifford Chanin

The Complications of Telling the Story of 9/11

Clifford Chanin, Executive Vice president and Deputy Director for museum programs at 9/11 Memorial Museum

February 3, 2022





Amb. Fareed Yasseen

Iraq's 21st-Century Challenges And How They Can Be Addressed

Ambassador Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador to the United States

January 27, 2022






Michael Young

Lebanon’s Economic Collapse and Outside Intervention

Michael Young, senior editor at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

November 30, 2021






Matti Steinberg

The Roads not Taken: Policy versus National Interest in the Palestinian Israeli Conflict

Dr. Matti Steinberg Former lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and senior advisor to the government of Israel

November 18, 2021





Adam Baczko

 War By Law : The Taliban Courts In Afghanistan 

Adam Baczko, Paris

November 16, 2021






Khalid Medani

The Roots of Sudan’s 2018 Revolution and the Obstacles of a Transition from a Military-led government to Civilian Democracy

Khalid Mustafa Medani, McGill University

November 9, 2021





Thomas Hegghammer

Abdallah Azzam and the origins of global jihadism

Thomas Hegghammer, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

November 2, 2021





Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib

The Future of Syria

Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib Co-founder and President, Research Center for Cooperation and Peace Building, Lebanon

November 4, 2021








The Apolcalypse and the End of History: Modern Jihad and the Crisis of Liberalism

Suzanne Schneider, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

October 26, 2021





S. Mohseni

The Crisis in Afghanistan: America’s Involvement and the Implications of its Imminent Withdrawal

Saad Mohseni, MOBY Group

May 13, 2021





R. Al Aqeedi

The Past and Future of the Iraqi City of Mosul

Rasha Al Aqeedi, Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy

April 20, 2021





U. Freitag

An Arabian Port in Global Perspective: Jeddah, the Gate to Mecca from the mid-19th to mid-20th Centuries

Ulrike Freitag, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and Freie Universität Berlin

April 15, 2021





H. Micheron

The History of Jihadism in Europe and its Evolution, 1989-2021

Hugo J. Micheron, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

April 13, 2021





H. Chehabi

The Iranian Revolution: A Precursor to Worldwide Populism?

Houchang E. Chehabi, Boston University

April 7, 2021





C. Parreira

Politics at the Periphery: Local Governance and Regime Consolidation in Postwar Lebanon

Christiana M. Parreira, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

March 31, 2021





G. Robinson

Global Jihad and Movements of Rage

Glenn E. Robinson, author and associate professor, Naval Postgraduate School

February 9, 2021





E. Perego

Humor and Social Mobilization in the Maghrib: The Case of Algeria

Elizabeth M. Perego, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

November 17, 2020





Amb. Nusseibeh

Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East: A UAE Perspective

Her Excellency Mrs. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations. Non-Resident Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Grenada

October 27, 2020






G Salame
The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in the Middle East

Ghassan Salamé, professor emeritus, Sciences-Po, Paris

September 10, 2020





N. Shehadi

Lebanon: A Tale of Three Explosions

Nadim Shehadi, Lebanese American University, New York Headquarters and Academic Center

September 3, 2020






A. Orkaby

The Forgotten War: Yemen’s Regional Crisis in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Asher Orkaby, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Princeton University

May 12, 2020





N. Osman

Tangoing with the Ummah: Malaysia’s Quest for Leadership in the Muslim World

Mohamed Nawab Osman, University of California-Berkeley

February 27, 2020






Death and Remembrance in Pre-Islamic Arabia

Ahmad Al-Jallad, The Ohio State University

November 25, 2019





P. Salem

Dynamics of Change in a Turbulent Middle East: Challenges for US Policy

Paul Salem, The Middle East Institute

November 5, 2019





M. Wagner

Theological Humor in Eighteenth-Century Yemen

Mark Wagner, Louisiana State University

April 3, 2019





Photo of Peter Theroux

Is Saudia Arabia a City of Salt?

Peter Theroux, writer and translator

March 26, 2019





K. Huenefeld

Dhimma as Action Space:  Conceptualizing the Protection Relationship between Imam Yahya Hamid Al-Din (r. 1904-1948) and the Jews of Sanaa

Kerstin Hünefeld, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (UPenn)

March 12, 2019





A. AlFoneh

The Islamic Republic 1979–2018: From Theocracy to Military Dictatorship

Ali Alfoneh, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)

February 27, 2019