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Is Freedom of Speech Possible in the Arab World?

On Tuesday, September 28, UCLA's Center for Middle East Development (CMED) will host a panel discussion on 'Is Freedom of Speech Possible in the Arab World?' with Tim Sebastian, Dr. Asli Bali and Professor David Kaye.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Kerckhoff Grand Salon at UCLA from 1-3pm.

Sebastian is the award-winning broadcaster and Chairman of the popular BBC television series The Doha Debates. Bali and Kaye are both UCLA School of Law professors. They will address this pressing issue and respond to questions from the audience. Dr. Steven L. Spiegel, Director of CMED and Professor of Political Science, will serve as moderator.

Dr. Asli Bali teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and The Laws of War. Her research focuses on issues of non-proliferation, human rights and humanitarian law and she also has a strong interest in the comparative law of the Middle East.

Professor David Kaye is Executive Director of the Law School’s International Human Rights Program and Director of its International Justice Clinic. He has taught at Georgetown University and written numerous articles and book chapters on international humanitarian law and the use of force. Prior to joining UCLA, Professor Kaye served as an international lawyer with the U.S. State Department.

Following the discussion, the audience will view a clip from The Doha Debates and hear more from Sebastian about the series. The Doha Debates, which serve as the premier forum for discussion of conflicting opinions and arguments on the major political issues in the Arab and Islamic worlds, is the top-rated weekend program on BBC World News, broadcasting to nearly 300 million people in more than 200 countries. It is coming to PBS this fall.

Past speakers have included former U.S. President Bill Clinton, President of Israel Shimon Peres, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa, Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar and British Conservative politician, Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

The Doha Debates is hosted and funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The Foundation, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, the wife of the Emir of Qatar, seeks to build human capital through a network of centers devoted to education, public health and research.

Admission to this event is free. Parking is available for purchase in parking lots 6 or 9.

Please contact Michelle Chaldu at 310.825.0604 or for more information.

CMED explores key issues facing the Middle East through conferences, task forces, publications and other programming. Topics addressed include Arab-Israeli issues, Gulf security, Mediterranean security, regional business and economics, technological cooperation, regional strategic cooperation, and democratic culture and media. CMED hosts expert guest speakers on the Middle East and provides speakers to other centers and courses at UCLA; holds an annual conference in Doha, Qatar on Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future; supports an interdisciplinary journal, Terrorism and Political Violence; and has its own book series with Routledge Publishers.


Cost : Free

Michelle Chaldu
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