Middle East Seminar

This seminar is open to the public.

The Middle East Seminar focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the politics of the Middle East, as it has since its inception in 1975. Topics include the Middle East peace process; state formation; the role of religion in politics; the international relations of the region; social and economic developments in particular countries in the Middle East; and the Middle East policies of the United States, the European Union, and other governments and international organizations. The seminar, which is now in its forty-first year, meets every other week for a presentation by an invited speaker, followed by discussion. Speakers include scholars; diplomats; writers; political figures; journalists; and leaders of organizations in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere, representing a variety of disciplines and political viewpoints. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Open to the public and off the record, it is a major venue for analysis and discussion of Middle East issues at Harvard University and the larger academic community. Professor Herbert C. Kelman has chaired the seminar since 1977, and, since 1996, Professor Lenore Martin and Dr. Sara Roy have co-chaired it with him.


Herbert C. Kelman

Faculty Associate (emeritus). Richard Clarke Cabot Research Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University.

Lenore G. Martin

Associate. Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Emmanuel College.

Sara Roy

Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

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