The Platform’s Brown Bag Lunch on Iraq & the Middle East

The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law hosted a brown bag lunch with Dr. Lina Khatib and Mr. Mehdi Khalaji, to reflect on the main outcomes of a recent interactive brainstorm on the conflict in Iraq, and current developments in the Middle East.

Dr. Lina Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, and an expert on the Middle East, Islamist groups and political transitions. She is co-founder of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University.

Mr. Mehdi Khalaji is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of Islamic studies and political analyst. He has been researching at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy since 2005, and is now a senior research fellow focusing on the politics of Iran and Shiite groups in the Middle East.

Dr. Lina Khatib and Mr. Mehdi Khalaji opened the meeting by sharing their thoughts, after which the floor was opened for Q&A and discussion. This event was open for all who are interested in the future of Iraq and the Middle East.

The two speakers were in the Netherlands to participate in a panel at the Henriette van Lynden lecture on June 4 in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam: 2030 A New Middle East? Experts forecasting the future of the region

Speakers

  • Dr. Lina Khatib
    Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut
  • Mr. Mehdi Khalaji
    Senior Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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