March 24, 2011, 11:15am
The Rapidly Changing Face of the Middle East
Participants: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Location: The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The bitter realities of hunger, joblessness and oppression have worked to create the perfect storm for revolution in the Middle East, fueling the anger of millions, bringing about riots and demonstrations in the region and bringing down long-standing autocratic powers in Tunisia and Egypt. As the world watches, the unrest continues to grow as others are emboldened to call for greater representation and democratic reform. Will attempts at democratic reform in the Middle East have a positive outcome...or will extremist factions topple entrenched dictatorships, thus creating unfriendly relations with the West?

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a conference featuring a host of experts, including:

  • Bob Simon, CBS’ 60 Minutes Correspondent
  • The Hon. Stephen J. Hadley, National Security Advisor (2005-2009); Senior Advisor, US Institute for Peace
  • H.E. Samir Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the US
  • Deborah Amos, Middle East Correspondent, NPR
  • Haleh Esfandiari, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Imprisoned in Iran (2007)
  • Bernard Lewis, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
  • Dan Arbell, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel

This esteemed group of Middle East scholars and experts will discuss the wide ranging implications of the recent unrest growing within Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, and Libya and its potential impact on the surrounding region. Topics of discussion include: Reporting from the Front Line with Bob Simon; Implications of Unrest and Reform in the Middle East, a panel discussion among moderated by Bob Simon; The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, a discussion moderated by Worldview Columnist Trudy Rubin; An Update on Iraq - Deborah Amos in conversation with the Ambassador of Iraq; We Live in Interesting Times, an intimate discussion with Bernard Lewis, and Democratic Reform and Security with The Hon. Stephen J. Hadley.

Business attire is required.

For more information, and to register, visit

The Middle East Center, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the Middle East Forum, Penn Humanities Forum, International House, and the Philadelphia Arab-American Community Development Corporation