MERG

New Initiative for Middle East Peace. A non-polemical student think-tank and outreach initiative aimed at finding progressive solutions to the historic conflicts in the Middle East...

Date & Time September 24, 2021 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Location
Cabot 206
Program
MERG

Symposium on Afghanistan: Day 2

The Middle East Research Group (MERG) in collaboration with the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership is hosting a hybrid symposium on September 23rd and 24th on the topic of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The symposium will include three panels focused on the regional implications of Taliban control, the impact of the withdrawal on Afghan women, and the legacy and impact of US involvement.

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Date & Time September 23, 2021 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location
Cabot 205
Program
MERG

Symposium on Afghanistan: Day 1

The Middle East Research Group (MERG) is hosting a hybrid symposium on September 23rd and 24th on the topic of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The symposium will include three panels focused on the regional implications of Taliban control, the impact of the withdrawal on Afghan women, and the legacy and impact of US involvement.

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Date & Time April 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
MERG

Decisión 2021, Elections in Latin America: The State of Latin American Democracy

2021 will prove to be a year of massive structural change in Latin America. With 9 elections being hosted throughout the continent (5 of which will be Presidential), this massive influx of political change and continuity, democratic contestation, and electoral participation will undoubtedly impact the next decade of LA politics.

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Date & Time April 23, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Program
MERG

Africa’s Last Colony: Activism, engagement, and escalation in Western Sahara

This panel features activists and academics who will speak about the various legal, political, and economic dimensions of the Western Sahara conflict. The conflict, which began in 1975, is both one of the world’s oldest and its most ignored and has largely defined Morocco’s relationship with neighboring countries and international actors. The panel experts will provide background information on different aspects of the conflict and engage in conversation around the recent re-escalation of hostilities and US policy decisions under Trump and Biden.

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Date & Time March 12, 2021 12:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
MERG

Ramifications of the Abraham Accords: Normalizing of Relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel

The Middle East Research Group (MERG) will be hosting a moderated panel on the Abraham Accords, a novel agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that normalized diplomatic and commercial ties between the two states. This panel will feature officials experienced in academia as well as policymaking and diplomacy. It will also explore the myriad implications of the accord such as national security and ramifications for Palestine. We will be joined by two speakers:

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Date & Time February 26, 2020 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Olin 011
Program
MERG

On the Brink: U.S. - Iran Relations

The Tufts Middle East Research Group presents a panel exploring the current state of US-Iran relations. Topics discussed will include the Solemaini killing, Trump's withdrawal from Obama's 2015 nuclear deal and the human costs and consequences of US sanctions.

Panelists include:

Ali Kadivar, an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College 

Gary Samore, Professor of the Practice in Politics and Senior Executive Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University 

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Date & Time January 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location
Pearson 112
Program
MERG

Tufts Middle East Research Group GIM

Tufts Middle East Research Group (MERG) formerly NIMEP or New Initiative to Middle East Peace is a collaborative research group studying the  Middle East and North Africa. MERG is a non-polemical,  student think-tank and outreach initiative devoted to exploring progressive solutions to historic and emerging conflicts in the Middle East.

MERG provides a forum for producing dialogue, research, and nuanced explorations of the region.

MERG works to foster understanding of the MENA region in the Tufts community through hosting events and bringing experts to campus.

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Date & Time February 19, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location
Cabot 206
Program
MERG

The Future of U.S. Engagement in the Middle East

The Middle East Research Group, Women in International Relations and ALLIES will co-sponsor a panel on “U.S. Policy in the Middle East”, welcoming back three IGL alumni: Sarah Arkin, Rachel Brandenburg, and Negar Razavi.

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Date & Time November 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location
Cabot 205
Program
MERG

MERG: US Withdrawal: Implications for the Syrian Kurds and Middle Eastern Politics

The Middle East Research Group (MERG), formerly NIMEP, will be hosting a panel and discussion on US involvement in the Middle East with a focus on the recent withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria. Experts from the field will discuss the impact of this decision on different actors as well as on the future of U.S. relationships and policy in the MENA region. Following the panel there will be a small reception.

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Date & Time November 6, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location
Eaton 202
Program
MERG

Tufts Middle East Research Group General Interest Meeting

Tufts Middle East Research Group (MERG) (formerly NIMEP) is a collaborative research group studying the  Middle East and North Africa. MERG is a non-polemical,  student think-tank and outreach initiative devoted to exploring progressive solutions to historic and emerging conflicts in the Middle East.

MERG's annual fact finding trip provides an opportunity to conduct independent research in the MENA region.  Past research trips have been to Egypt, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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