The Briefing Room
An insider access to the most current geopolitical analysis from across the Arab world.
In October 2021, ITME launched an exciting initiative in
cooperation with Jeffrey Blavatt, the Director of the Insight
Israel Forum and the Director of Israel and Overseas at The
Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Each Briefing Room focuses on a specific arena in the Middle East that is in the media headlines. The program provides insights, perspectives, and resources not covered in the Western Media. During the sessions, Avi provides a general background and update on the specific topic to “build the database.” Avi is then joined by a guest speaker from the region who provides additional authentic insider perspectives.
THE TALIBAN RETAKE AFGHANISTAN
Our Regional Guest Was Maihan Wali, Founder Of Women’s Empowerment Through Sport In Afghanistan And An Alumna Of The Inside The Middle East Intelligence Perspectives Program!
THE COUP IN SUDAN | A POWER STRUGGLE OVER SUDAN'S FUTURE
Our Regional Guest Was Mohamed Abu Bakr, President, The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL).
EGYPT, UM AL-DUNYA “THE MOTHER OF THE WORLD” | ON A QUEST TOWARDS A NEW STATEHOOD MODEL?
Our Regional Guest Was Dalia Ziada, Founder And Director, Liberal Democracy Institute. Board Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee at Egypt's National Council for Women
THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES & THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS | PERSPECTIVES FROM THE UAE & THE REGION
Our Regional Guest Was Ahmed Obaid Almansoori, Former Member Of The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council; Founder, Crossroad Of Civilizations Museum.
LEBANON | THE TRAGIC TRAJECTORY OF THE PARIS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Our Regional Guest Was Hussain Abdul-Hussain, Former Managing Editor At Beirut’s The Daily Star. Reporting From War Zones In Lebanon And Iraq. Former Head Of The Washington Bureau Of Kuwaiti Daily Alrai. Hussain Is Currently A Research Fellow At The Foundation For Defense Of Democracies.
SUNNIS & SHI’ITES | AN ANCIENT & PRESENT RIVALRY SPECIAL
(PRIMER SESSION BY SPECIAL REQUEST)
The Briefing Room is designed to educate people about Israel’s neighborhood and connect people to the Middle East through knowledge & personal encounters!
Thanks to your support we can open the briefing room to more communities and organizations.
Upcoming Briefing Rooms
INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST | ENTERING A NEW ERA - PERSPECTIVES FROM SYRIAN-BORN JOURNALIST
In March our regional guest will be Hayvi Bouzo, a Syrian broadcast journalist with over 12 years of experience as a Bureau Chief, T.V. host, blogger, and commentator, and the co-founded Yalla, a fun, fast-paced, Arab-language show about the people who are building the future of the Middle East.
2022 INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST | THE NEW ERA & THE ANCIENT JEWISH COMMUNITIES
In April our regional guest will be Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, the Chief Rabbi of Turkey, the Founder and Chairman of the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States.
WHAT ELSE IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE BRIEFING ROOM?
To augment the Briefing Room experience,
we distribute a Pre-Briefing
Room ITME Primer Packet that includes:
- A Comprehensive Background and Overview of the Subject - A Lexicon of Terms - An Overview of the Briefing - Bios of the Presenters
Following each Briefing Room session, we distribute a Post-Briefing
Room Packet that includes:
- The ZOOM Recording of the Session - A PDF of the Briefing Room Presentation - Suggested Follow-Up Readings from the Region