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The Center for the Study of Islam Democracy

18th Annual Conference


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 10:30 am        Panel 1
Panel 1: The Resurgence of Islamophobia: Examining the Roots of Current Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Moderator: Ahmed Bedier, Communications and Public Affairs, United Voices for America

John Esposito, University Professor, of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University

Mobashra Tazamal, Senior Research Fellow, The Bridge Initiative

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Tamara Sonn, Professor in the History of Islam, Georgetown University

10:30 am- 11:00 am         Coffee and Tea Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Panel 2
Panel 2: Trump and the War against “Radical Islamic Terrorism”: Implications for the Region and the West

Moderator: Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University

Qamarul Huda, Senior Advisor, Office of Religion & Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

William McCants, Director – U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, Brookings Institution

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law at Texas A&M University

Robert L. McKenzie, Visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Keynote Luncheon
Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration
Keynote Speaker
Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
Senate Appropriations Committee
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.        Panel 3
Panel 3: PANEL ON TUNISIA: Can Tunisia Provide Hope for Democracy and Prosperity in the Arab World?

Moderator: Mongi Dhaouadi, Senior Program Officer for Tunisia, CSID

Naoufel Jammali, Member of Parliament and Member of Political Bureau of Ennahdha Party

Andrew March, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Monica Marks, PhD candidate, Oxford University, and Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Radwan Masmoudi, PhD Founder and President of CSID

3:15-3:45 p.m.        Coffee and Tea Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.        Panel 4

Trump’s Embrace of Political Authoritarianism: Whither the Future of the Arab-Islamic World?

Moderator: John Voll, Emeritus of Islamic History, Georgetown University

Nader Hashemi, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver

Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)

Radwan Ziadeh, Senior Analyst at the Arab Center – Washington D.C.

Abdul-Mawgood Dardery, Former Member of the Egyptian Parliament, and President of the Center for Egyptian-American Dialogue (CEAD)

5:15-5:30 pm  Closing Remarks

Co-Sponsors of the Annual Conference

Panel 1

John Esposito

Mobashra Tazamal

Dalia Mogahed

Tamara Sonn


Panel 2

William McCants

Sahar Aziz

Robert McKenzie

Panel 2 QA Session


Keynote Luncheon

Senator Chris Murphy


Panel 3

Naoufel Eljammali

Andrew March

Monica Marks

Radwan Masmoudi

Panel 3 QA Session


Panel 4

Nader Hashemi

Hussein Ibish

Radwan Ziadeh

Abdul Mawgood Dardery

Panel 4 QA Session

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