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November 16, 2017. How has the ongoing political conflict in Jerusalem changed the nature of the city? If a public square is the epitome par excellence of a public space, of the free circulation and relations among its citizens, then Jerusalem is no longer a city, a public space shared by all communities. Jerusalem is a city where the ongoing conflict has transformed the parameters of co-existence into closed social spaces where access is controlled and limited according to ethno-religious affiliations. Is there a need for the international community to face the facts on the ground and change its paradigm for a stable and just solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Is it at all possible, for the Holy City, to be once again the conflict’s laboratory? Can we envision a One and Shared Jerusalem?

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February 1, 2017. This talk examined how Muslim French – i.e. those committed to practicing Islam as French citizens and practicing citizenship as pious Muslims – negotiate a social and political world in which they are imagined, a priori, as always already not-French because they are Muslim. It explored how this impasse is not only lived but also challenged by a post-immigration generation of Muslim civic activists. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with these activists, the talk reflected on new forms of public religiosity, national citizenship, and political possibility.

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November 14, 2016. Cosponsored with the Department of Theology and the Berkley Center. The position of Jesus in the Qur’an is among the most contentious areas in Muslim-Christian dialogue. Many Christian scholars think that the verses on Jesus in the Qur'an are not acceptable and show that the Qur'an cannot be the word of God. Many Muslim scholars think that Christian adoration of Jesus is idolatrous. Khorchide and von Stosch, part of a research project on the subject sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Association), argue that a close reading of the verses of the Qur'an in their historical setting can help Christians and Muslims appreciate each others’ positions. 

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December 2, 2015.

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Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director of the Center for Security Studies, presented on his latest book Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (Knopf, 2015). The lecture was held October 8, 2015 in McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall at Georgetown University. 

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September 28, 2015. In the light of the present barbaric violence and drastically destructive war that devastates Syria and Iraq by the Syrian regime, on one side, and all kinds of Islamist jihadi phalanges, on another, many local Middle Easterners and Western decision-takers and opinion-makers call for protecting the minorities in the region and encourage them to form a united front of ‘alliance of minorities’ to defend themselves and grant their survival in the region. In this presentation, Dr. Awad attempted to pause at the use of the term ‘minority’ and scrutinized its factual meaning in the light of the real context that originated the revolution in Syria. He demonstrates that in the Syrian sitz im leben, the notion of ‘minority’ is definitely neither numerical nor confessionalist in nature. It is the outcome of a minoritization policy that was exerted on Syria by the ruling regime.  In the light of perceiving the ‘policy of minoritization’, which Dr. Awad sheds light on, he ends the presentation with an assessment of the ‘alliance of minorities’ trend that stems out of the above mentioned call for protecting the minorities, calling the Christians and other minorities in the region to avoid this trend and beware of its dire danger.  

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May 27, 2015—DC Event: "In Conversation with Javed Ahmad Ghamidi". Co-sponsored with Al-Mawrid United States. A public talk by Islamic scholar and intellectual, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi on topics relating to religion, Muslims and the current state of affairs. The conversation was facilitated by Shehzad Saleem, Ph.D. (University of Wales) and audience members had the opportunity to present their own questions as well. 


*Podcast in Urdu
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Former Major General Yaakov Amidror served as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council from April 2011 to November 2013. He is now the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, in Bar Ilan University. 

He served with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 36 years. During his long military career, General Amidror held the following positions: commander of IDF Military Colleges, including the National Defense College, Military Secretary for the Minister of Defense, and Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division, responsible for National Intelligence Assessment. General Amidror received a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Haifa and various other degrees and certificates from IDF colleges.

After his retirement, he has served as Senior Research Fellow to the Institute for Middle East Research in Washington. General Amidror also served as Vice President of Lander Institute, an academic center in Jerusalem. He was a member of several large Israeli companies' boards as well as numerous high-tech start-ups.

Since retiring from the armed forces, General Amidror has published Reflections on Army and Security, a book on the subject of military affairs and national security (in Hebrew). A second book,Intelligence, Theory and Practice, was published in 2006 (also in Hebrew). His articles appear frequently in Israeli and international publications.

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On 4 October 2014, high-ranking North Korean officials paid an unprecedented surprise visit to Incheon, South Korea. Their officially stated purpose was to participate in the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Asian Games, but both South Korean and international media have perceived this event as a possible indicator of instability in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un has not made any public appearance in more than a month, and the country's de facto no.2 and no.3 leaders made a surprise visit to South Korea. Rumors say there was a coup in Pyongyang that forced Kim out of power. What is going on inside North Korea?

Listen to our short interview with Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor of International Affairs & Government and Director of Asian Studies, to learn more about recent developments in North Korea.

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Irfan Nooruddin recently joined the Georgetown University community as Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program. Previously, he served as Associate Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Nooruddin specializes in South Asian politics and political economy. In his latest book, Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge University Press, 2011), he advances a theory that institutionalized political gridlock--such as the existence of multiple factions--is actually good for national economic growth because it pushes the government to pursue more consensus-based policies and therefore stabilizes investor expectations. Through this compelling work, Professor Nooruddin challenges the conventional wisdom that contending parties and interest groups hinder economic reform in developing countries. In addition to political economy, Professor Nooruddin is interested in exploring elections and other democratic exercises in India.

At Georgetown, Professor Nooruddin serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs and helps bring distinguished guests to campus to speak about South Asian affairs. Professor Nooruddin received his B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan.

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