NEWPORT, R.I. - Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy prime minister of Jordan, will discuss "Middle East Realignment: The Arab Upheaval" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall as part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy's lecture series.
The popular revolts and upheaval of the Arab Spring have radically changed the face of the Middle East. What lies ahead for the Middle East's transition to democracy? What are the prospects for the governments that have held out in this new order? With many longtime U.S. allies ousted, how will the U.S. recalibrate its relations with the new regimes?
Muasher's career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society and communications. He served as foreign minister of Jordan from 2002-2004 and as deputy prime minister from 2004-2005. At the Carnegie Endowment, he oversees the organization's research on the Middle East in Washington and Beirut.
In 1995, Muasher opened Jordan's first embassy in Israel, and in 1996 he became minister of information and the government spokesman. From 1997-2002, he served in Washington as ambassador, negotiating the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation.
The author of "The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation," Muasher holds a doctorate from Yale University.
Muasher's lecture is co-sponsored by the Newport Council for International Visitors. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact the Pell Center at (401) 341-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.