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Leading academics to examine Obama's legacy in Middle East

Khalil Jahshan (middle) Executive Director at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies[Arab Centre]

Date of publication: 14 October, 2016

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The Arab Center Washington DC, will host an event in the American capital today to discuss international affairs in the Middle East.
Leading academics and thinkers will meet at the Arab Center's first annual conference in Washington DC on Friday to discuss US President Barack Obama's legacy in the Middle East.

The event will be held at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington and aims to 'critically examine the state of democracy in the Arab world'.

The event's keynote speaker is Dr Azmi Bishara, General Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He will be giving his speech via video-link.

Other speakers include Lina Khatib, head of the MENA Programme at Chatham House, London; Michele Dunne, Director of the Middle East Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Daniel Brumberg, director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University.

In addition to the event's opening and closing remarks, there will be three main events, titled The Arab Spring and Failed Transitions to Democracy, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Future Outlook and Recommended US Policies regarding Democracy in the Arab World.

A live-stream of the event will start at 8.30am, Washington time (1.30pm BST).

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