Garfield Center for Public Leadership Seminar
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Garfield Center for Public Leadership Seminar

When: Wednesday - October 14, 2015
4:15 - 6:15 PM Panel Discussion; 6:30 PM Dinner
Where: Hiram College Campus
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact: Kathy Luschek

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The Middle East is awash in conflicts, crises, and critical geostrategic transitions.  

ISIS -- a radical Islamist group -- has carved out a territory for itself in the middle of the region; Iran is supporting anti-ISIS forces while completing a contentious nuclear negotiation with the west; meanwhile Israel is deeply concerned about the Iranian negotiation while also confronting issues resulting from the progressive collapse of the Syrian state.  

To help us understand the nuances and interconnections of all these topics, the Garfield Center for Public Leadership is bringing two experts on Middle East politics to Hiram College. 


Panel Speakers:

Dalia Dassa Kaye is the director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. In 2011-2012 she was a visiting professor and fellow at UCLA's International Institute and Burkle Center. Before joining RAND, Kaye served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Dutch Foreign Ministry. She also taught at the University of Amsterdam and was a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. From 1998 to 2003, Kaye was an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University. She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Brookings Institution research fellowship and The John W. Gardner Fellowship for Public Service. Kaye publishes widely on Middle East regional security issues, including in journals like Survival, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, and Middle East Policy. She is author of Talking to the Enemy: Track Two Diplomacy in the Middle East and South Asia (RAND), Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process (Columbia University Press) and has co-authored a number of RAND monographs on a range of regional security issues. Kaye received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Andrew Liepman is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He retired in August 2012 as the Principal Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center after a career of more than 30 years in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He spent much of his career on Middle East and terrorism issues. He served for three years at the Department of State and in a variety of Intelligence Community assignments, including positions in the Nonproliferation Center and the National Intelligence Council. He was the Deputy Chief of CIA's Office of Near East and South Asian Analysis, the Deputy Director of the Office of Weapons Intelligence, Arms Control, and Nonproliferation, the Chief of the Office of Iraq Analysis, and the Deputy Chief of CIA's Counterterrorism Center. Immediately prior to joining RAND he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, first as the Deputy Director of NCTC for Intelligence and finally as the Principal Deputy. Liepman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.



Panel Discussion

4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Hiram College, Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center

Reception & Dinner (immediately following)

Hiram College, Koritansky Hall


The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are necessary for the reception and dinner. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.


Please RSVP to Kathy Luschek at or call 330.569.6118.

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