Video On Demand

The Middle East at an Inflection Point with Lisa Anderson

May 5, 2016 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Featuring Dr. Lisa Anderson

This is the final event in a speaker series on the challenges faced by and in the region in 2016, including the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, the fifth anniversary of the Arab uprisings, and a potential turning point in the battle against the Islamic State group. This session will highlight the strategic challenges of governance going forward.

Dr. Lisa Anderson
Former President of the American University in Cairo

Introduction and Moderated Discussion by
Dr. Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program, CSIS

Lisa Anderson is a specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She previously served as president of the American University in Cairo (AUC) from 2011 to 2016, and as provost from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as the dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) from 1996-2008,  and as the James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations at Columbia University. She was also chair of the Columbia’s political science department and director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute. Before joining Columbia, she was assistant professor of government and social studies at Harvard University. She has served as president of the Middle East Studies Association, chair of the board of the Social Science Research Council, and board member of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. She is member emerita of the board of Human Rights Watch, where she served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East, and member of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle East Studies. Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia University Press, 2003), editor of Transitions to Democracy (Columbia University Press, 1999), and coeditor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (Columbia 1991), among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

This event is made possible by general support to the CSIS Middle East Program.

Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program