Forthcoming Events

The Forum sponsors lunches, webinars, live briefings, parlor meetings, and conference calls featuring its staff and fellows, former government officials, scholars, journalists, and others with insights into the Middle East and Islamism. Speakers delve deep into critical issues, surpassing what is found in mass media – always with an eye toward American interests. Most briefings occur along the New York-Philadelphia-Washington, D.C. corridor.

Audio recordings and written summaries of past lectures are available.

Gregg Roman

Turmoil and Transition in the Middle East

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019   12:00 to 2:00 pm   RSVP online
City: Houston, Texas
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to a briefing with Gregg Roman.

The Middle East is a sea of turmoil, with a Turkish-Qatari-Russian-Iranian unholy alliance working against American interests as Washington begins to confront the reality of the region.

In the Levant, Russian activities threaten NATO's southern flank, as Hezbollah – Iran's Lebanese arm – consolidates its grip on Lebanon, albeit protests rocking Beirut, and extends its reach into Syria, setting up bases on the Golan Heights while Iranian military infrastructure thus pushes the conflagration toward Israel's border.

In Iraq, ISIS is finished as a military power but it's ghost remains, leaving Iran empowered in Shia regions and in control of a land bridge all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

Meanwhile, the Kurds seek to stave off lasting effects of the Turkish invasion. In the Gulf, the Trump administration is seeking to realign U.S. policy to favor friends and punish enemies, thereby turning up the pressure on Iran.

The split between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Egypt presents a major challenge to the US.

Please join Gregg Roman as he discusses these topics and more.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 8, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Is Turkey Coming Back? Updating U.S. Policy

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019   12:00pm to 2:00pm   RSVP online
City: Washington, DC

Is Turkey Coming Back? Updating U.S. Policy

Monday, December 9, 2019

12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Washington, D.C. (Capitol Hill)

For about fifty years, 1952-2002, Turkey was a solid U.S. ally, helpful vis-à-vis the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. That changed with the coming to power of the AK Party in 2002 and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2003.

Starting with a refusal to let U.S. troops access Iraq through Turkey, passing through Erdoğan's acquiring dictatorial powers and purchasing an advanced military system from Russia, and ending with the Turkish invasion of Syria, today's Turkish government behaves more like an opponent than an ally.

Looking ahead, is this likely to be temporary aberration or does it mark, as in the case of neighboring Iran, a shift likely to last for decades? The answer to this question then determines what steps to take to manage U.S.-Turkish relations.

To address this issue, the Middle East Forum is pleased to invite you to a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill, on December 9, 12-2pm, to hear a panel of speakers discuss these policy challenges and answer your questions.

Speakers include: Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus; Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum; Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council; and others to be confirmed.

RSVP required by filling out the form below.

Space is limited. Business attire. Electronic devices in airplane mode, please.

Remember to allow time to pass through Capitol Hill security.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 8, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Gregg Roman

Turmoil and Transition in the Middle East

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019   12:00 to 2:00 pm   RSVP online
City: Dallas, Texas
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to a briefing with Gregg Roman.

The Middle East is a sea of turmoil, with a Turkish-Qatari-Russian-Iranian unholy alliance working against American interests as Washington begins to confront the reality of the region.

In the Levant, Russian activities threaten NATO's southern flank, as Hezbollah – Iran's Lebanese arm – consolidates its grip on Lebanon, albeit protests rocking Beirut, and extends its reach into Syria, setting up bases on the Golan Heights while Iranian military infrastructure thus pushes the conflagration toward Israel's border.

In Iraq, ISIS is finished as a military power but it's ghost remains, leaving Iran empowered in Shia regions and in control of a land bridge all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

Meanwhile, the Kurds seek to stave off lasting effects of the Turkish invasion. In the Gulf, the Trump administration is seeking to realign U.S. policy to favor friends and punish enemies, thereby turning up the pressure on Iran.

The split between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Egypt presents a major challenge to the US.

Please join Gregg Roman as he discusses these topics and more.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 10, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Gregg Roman

Mid-East Briefing

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   RSVP online
City: San Diego, CA
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Gregg Roman.

Mr. Roman will review Turkey's aggression, Israel's politicking, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon's domestic implosions, Saudi Arabia's reforms, and Latin America's backlash to Hezbollah's narco-trafficking operations.

Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00pm, followed by a brief period of networking from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 15, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Gregg Roman

Middle East Briefing

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   RSVP online
City: Temecula, CA
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Gregg Roman.

Mr. Roman will review Turkey's aggression, Israel's politicking, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon's domestic implosions, Saudi Arabia's reforms, and Latin America's backlash to Hezbollah's narco-trafficking operations.

Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00pm, followed by a brief period of networking from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 17, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Gregg Roman

Middle East Briefing

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   RSVP online
City: Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Gregg Roman.

Mr. Roman will review Turkey's aggression, Israel's politicking, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon's domestic implosions, Saudi Arabia's reforms, and Latin America's backlash to Hezbollah's narco-trafficking operations.

Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00pm, followed by a brief period of networking from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 17, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Gregg Roman

Middle East Briefing

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   RSVP online
City: San Francisco, CA
Cost: $250 per person
This lunch is complimentary for current MEF donors of $250 or more ($500 per couple). For all other guests, we request a $250 contribution.

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Gregg Roman.

Mr. Roman will review Turkey's aggression, Israel's politicking, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon's domestic implosions, Saudi Arabia's reforms, and Latin America's backlash to Hezbollah's narco-trafficking operations.

Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00pm, followed by a brief period of networking from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Dec 18, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).