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.

Michael Mandelbaum in conversation with Daniel Pipes

Iran: One of Three Great Obstacles to Global Peace

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019   12:00 pm to 2:00 pm   RSVP online
City: New York, New York
Cost: $250 per person

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Michael Mandelbaum.

In his very recent book, The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth (2019), Michael Mandelbaum describes the twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the deepest peace in the world's history.

Why did it unravel? Mandelbaum blames three major countries under the direction of three aggressive nationalist leaderships - Vladimir Putin's Russia, Xi Jinping's China, and Khamene'i's Iran. The key to the return to peace, he argues, lies in the advent of genuine democracy, something recent history shows must be nurtured from within, not imposed from the outside. How to make this happen?

Please join Mr. Mandelbaum in conversation with MEF president Daniel Pipes, as they assess the chances for a return of the post-1989 peace and discuss what the Americans can do to bring it back.

Lunch and discussion from 12:00 to 1:30pm, followed by a short period of networking from 1:30 to 2:00pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Mar 26, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Daniel Pipes

A Mid-East Briefing

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019   1:00 to 3:00pm   RSVP online
City: San Diego, California
Cost: $100 per person

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Daniel Pipes.

Mr. Pipes will review the Trump peace plan, the Israel Victory Project, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, Saudi prospects, emerging anti-immigration parties in Europe, and other topics.

Lunch and discussion from 1:00 to 2:30pm, followed by a short period of networking from 2:30 to 3:00pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Apr 2, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Daniel Pipes

A Mid-East Briefing

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019   1:00 to 3:00pm   RSVP online
City: Los Angeles, California
Cost: $250 per person

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Daniel Pipes.

Mr. Pipes will review the Trump peace plan, the Israel Victory Project, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, Saudi prospects, emerging anti-immigration parties in Europe, and other topics.

Lunch and discussion from 1:00 to 2:30pm, followed by a short period of networking from 2:30 to 3:00pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Apr 3, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Daniel Pipes

A Mid-East Briefing

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019   6:00 to 8:30pm   RSVP online
City: Los Angeles, California
Cost: $250 per person

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to dinner with Daniel Pipes.

Mr. Pipes will review the Trump peace plan, the Israel Victory Project, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, Saudi prospects, emerging anti-immigration parties in Europe, and other topics.

Dinner and discussion from 6:00 to 8:00pm, followed by a short period of networking from 8:00 to 8:30pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Apr 5, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

Daniel Pipes

A Mid-East Briefing

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019   12:00 to 2:00pm   RSVP online
City: Seattle, Washington
Cost: $100 per person

The Middle East Forum cordially invites you to lunch with Daniel Pipes.

Mr. Pipes will review the Trump peace plan, the Israel Victory Project, the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, Saudi prospects, emerging anti-immigration parties in Europe, and other topics.

Lunch and discussion from 12:00 to 1:30pm, followed by a short period of networking from 1:30 to 2:00pm.

Business attire. Limited capacity. Picture I.D. required to enter the building.
RSVP online by Apr 7, or via e-mail (prosser@meforum.org), fax (215-546-5409) or phone (215-546-5406 ext. 107).

MEF's 25th Anniversary Gala in NYC

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019   6 PM to 10 PM   RSVP online
City: New York, NY
Cost: $500 per person
Complimentary for donors of $500 a year or more (or $1,000 per couple)

The year 2019 marks 25 years since the founding of the Middle East Forum. To celebrate a quarter-century of achievements, MEF is pleased to host a reception and dinner on Sunday, May 19, 2019, 6-10 pm, at the Harmonie Club, 4 E. 60th St., New York City, 10022.

To honor our supporters, the event is complimentary to all donors who give $500 a year or more (or $1,000 per couple). For guests who give less than that, we request a $500 contribution per person.

The evening will consist of a reception, dinner, honors, acknowledgments, and excellent presentations. In attendance will be: MEF's founding members, our national board of governors, distinguished writing fellows, grantees from around the globe, leaders of allied organizations, politicians, and special guests of honor.

Having evolved into a "think & action tank" since our founding in 1994, we will celebrate some of our recent successes:

  1. The seeds we planted for our victory narrative with senior Israeli and U.S. officials are starting to bear fruit.
  1. The Trump administration adopted one of our signature policy prescriptions by cutting all support to UNRWA.
  1. Our detailed plan to identify and weed out Islamist immigrants – differentiating them from moderate Muslims – is now being used to protect our troops in the Middle East.
  1. Our decision to help counter-Islamism activist Tommy Robinson has helped turn him into a significant political figure in the United Kingdom.

This celebration will be unlike any other MEF event to date and should not be missed. You will want to invite family and colleagues who do not yet donate to the Forum to make a contribution and be a part of an unforgettable evening filled with food, fun, and friends. Guests will have the opportunity to mix, mingle, and meet the people who have made MEF what it is today. Dress is black tie optional and we ask that you please RSVP by May 6.

Hotel recommendations will be provided for out of town guests. This event synchronizes with Daniel Pipes' fact-finding expedition that leaves on May 20 for Warsaw, then Budapest and Vienna.

While the event will be gratis to existing donors, we also hope to raise funds to cover the event's costs and fund our programs. In this spirit, we are offering sponsorship options for personal recognition or to promote a business: you will find these listed below.

On behalf of the board and staff of the Middle East Forum, I hope you can join us in New York on May 19 as we mark this silver jubilee.

Sincerely,

Steven Levy
Chairman
Middle East Forum


Sponsorship Options

Program Book

Quarter Page Ad – $250
Half Page Ad – $600
Full Page Ad – $1,500

Sponsor – $10,000 includes:

1. Select placement of name and/or business logo at the gala and on social media posts

2. One table at the gala for a total of 10 guests

3. A half-page ad in the program book

Chair – $25,000 includes:

1. Prominent placement of name and/or business logo at the gala and on social media

2. One table at the gala with prominent seating for a total of 10 guests

3. A full-page ad in the evening's program book

4. Spotlight article on MEF's website about the gala featuring name/business

Host – $50,000 includes:

1. Premier placement of name and/or business logo at the gala and on social media posts

2. Two tables at the gala with premier seating for a total of 20 guests

3. A full-page ad on the back cover of the evening's program book

4. Spotlight article on MEF's website about the gala featuring name/business, photo, and personal quote

5. An opportunity to offer welcome remarks or an introduction


Tricia McNulty, MEF's director of programming, is available at 215-546-5406 x101 or McNulty@MEForum.org to formally register your attendance and answer any questions about the program.

Matthew Bennett, MEF's director of development, is available at 215-546-5406 x114 or Bennett@MEForum.org to discuss sponsorship options and details of the Central European trip with Daniel Pipes.

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