Political scientist Geoffrey Kemp has hosted annual lecture updates on the Middle East at Chautauqua for the last 20 years. Kemp, who serves as director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, returned to the Amphitheater stage at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday to hold a conversation with Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Few foreign policy experts or commentators in the past 30 years have shown the resiliency, versatility or continuing relevance of Dennis Ross, who will deliver the 10:45 a.m. lecture in the Amphitheater with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp.
The Middle East is once again on fire, and Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” sought to explain it in his Monday morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater. His was the first lecture in Week Eight’s theme of “Chautauqua’s Global Public Square.”
Karen Armstrong is tired of hearing the phrase: “Religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history.”
This past week, from Monday through Wednesday in Smith Wilkes Hall, the Chautauqua Foundation presented the annual Scholar in Residence event, which this year featured Jon Alterman.
Nancy Youssef thinks that democracy may too often be glorified as a golden, infallible form of government, and that Americans may be too eager to throw it as a panacea toward any problem that arises.
When Dalia Mogahed took the Amphitheater stage twice last year, she remained calm and objective, bringing thoughtfulness, modesty and erudition to her display of a breadth of knowledge about Arab and American views of each other.
Finally answering the elusive question in the title of Week Eight’s theme, Kemal Kirişci said at Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater that Turkey’s status as a model for the Middle East should not be overstated. He warned against praising the country’s government as something to be emulated.
Kirişci, a senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, explored the question of whether the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square had damaged Turkey’s position as a role model for the region. His lecture was the last in this week’s theme of “Turkey: A Model for the Middle East?”
If one grew up in a country where money, capital and finance were rarely talked about, imagine how hard it would be to invest, buy a home or even create a savings account.
As a pioneer of financial literacy in her home country of Turkey where that is that case, Özlem Denizmen wants to start that conversation.
At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Chautauquans will see the world through the eyes of foreign affairs columnist David Rohde and Nedim Şener, the man who dared to accuse Turkish police of assassinating a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.
Şener is a Turkish investigative reporter. His work has won him the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award — and also prompted authorities to throw him in jail for “collaborating” with Ergenekon, a network of alleged terrorists in Turkey. He currently awaits trial for criminal activities tied to terrorism.