On the Issues Episode 5: David Phillips

I recently spoke with David Phillips, Director of the Program on Peacebuilding and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Phillips has published three books, and authored many policy reports as well as over 100 articles in leading publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Affairs.

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On the Issues Episode 4: Venera Kusari

I recently spoke with Venera Kusari, Program Coordinator at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia University. She facilitates collaboration with the Consortium and other institutions within Columbia University and outside to design and support projects that aim to prevent and eliminate youth and gang violence. She has extensive experience with international NGOs in the Balkans, mainly in Kosovo. She has worked on issues as diverse as disaster relief, refugees, gender equality, and minority rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Her research focus is in inter-ethnic and community conflict through the lens of Dynamical Systems Theory and Coordinated Management of Meaning.

On the Issues Episode 3: Karen Greenberg

I recently spoke with Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, and a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties. Her latest book is Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, which explores the War on Terror’s impact on justice and law in America.

Global Leaders with Ambassador Ashraf El Nour

Alon Ben-Meir sat down with Ambassador Ashraf El Nour, Permanent Observer of the International Organization for Migration to the United Nations. There is an audience Q&A before the event.

On the Issues Episode 2: Ehud Eilam

I recently sat down for a discussion with Ehud Eilam, former private contractor for the Israeli Ministry of Defense and an expert on Israel’s national strategy and military doctrine, to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel’s national security.

On the Issues Episode 1: Florian Qehaja

I recently sat down for a discussion with Florian Qehaja, Executive Director of the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies, to discuss countering radicalism and violent extremism across the world.

Global Leaders with Ambassador Lukman Faily

On Wednesday, April 6, I sat in conversation with the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily, for Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir.

The discussion with Ambassador Lukman Faily centered on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, with a principal focus on the future of Iraq. Other topics included the ongoing fight against ISIS, sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shias, the prospect of full Kurdish autonomy or outright independence, the future of the Iraqi Sunnis, and how the influence of Iran shapes domestic politics in Iraq.

The Changing Dynamics of the Middle East

Lecture at QUEST Learning Community, February 10, 2016

Rotary Club: The Future of the Iran Deal

Lecture at the Rotary Club of New York, January 28, 2016

Rotary Club: The Psychological Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Lecture at the Rotary Club of New York, January 13, 2016