Talks

I pride myself on being a dynamic, knowledgeable, and engaging speaker who can explain complex issues in clear and powerful ways. I have given talks on my research at universities and think tanks, delivered policy briefs on Capitol Hill, and led lectures and discussions with business and community groups, including Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, social and debate clubs, and churches and synagogues. In addition to speaking about my books, articles, and other projects on this website, I regularly deliver versions of the following talks to interested groups:

  • Middle East 101: The modern history of the region and prospects for change after the Arab Spring

  • Understanding ISIS: The origins, strategies, and future of ISIS and international efforts to defeat it

  • The Challenge of Terrorism: The causes, tactics, and effectiveness of terrorism and what can be done to counter it

  • U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Current U.S. options in the Middle East in light of regional instability

I love giving talks to new groups, and I will ensure that the discussion is accessible, fair, and engaging regardless of the audience's background. Please contact me if you are interested in having me speak to your organization.

MIT Starr Forum, November 2017
East-West Institute, May 2016
MIT, May 2013

Academic Talks

Uppsala University, April 2019

MIT-Sloan Business School, December 2018

 

The University of Tennessee, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, November 2018

 

Charles University Prague, November 2018

 

The University of Amsterdam, October 2018

 

The Graduate Institute Geneva, October 2018

 

ETH Zurich, October 2018

 

The University of Genoa, October 2018

 

MIT, DesignX, August 2018

 

Brown University, Choices Program, Watson Center for International Studies, July 2018

Williams College, April 2018

The University of Pittsburgh, Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, March 2018
 

Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center, International Security Program, February 2018

University of Chicago, Program on International Security Policy, February 2018

College of Charleston, February 2018

American University, November 2017

 

MIT-Sloan Business School, November 2017

 

University of Maryland, START Center, November 2017

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies, November 2017

 

University of Connecticut, November 2017

Naval Postgraduate School, Global Connections Speaker Series, October 2017

    

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar, October 2017

University College London, October 2017

University of St. Andrews, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, October 2017

George Washington University, Project on Middle East Political Science, September 2017

Northwestern University, Buffett Institute for Global Studies, February 2017

MIT-Sloan Business School, November 2016

Indiana University, October 2016

RAND, September 2016

Brown University, Choices Program, Watson Center for International Studies, July 2016

East-West Institute Board Meeting, May 2016

The Carnegie Scholars Project, November 2015

MIT-Sloan Business School, November 2015

MIT Seminar for U.S. Congressional Staff, April and October 2015

Brown University, Choices Program, Watson Center for International Studies, July 2015

Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center, International Security Program, April 2015

University of Connecticut, March 2015

Brandeis University, March 2015

Trinity College, April 2014

George Washington University, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, October 2013

University of Chicago, Program on International Security Policy, May 2013

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2013

Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, March 2013

Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Junior Scholars Book Conference, October 2012

    

Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, April 2011

    

Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, February 2011

 

Harvard University, Political Violence Workshop, December 2010

 

Duke University, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, October 2010

Harvard Book Store, October 2017
Portsmouth Rotary Club, May 2015

Community Talks

World Affairs Council, New Hampshire, December 2018

 

Assyrian American Organization of Massachusetts, May 2018

Williams Boston Association, January 2018

The Weston Golf Club Forum, December 2017

 

Harvard Book Store, October 2017

    

Yale Book Store, October 2017

 

The Lumen Institute, September 2017

 

Weston High School, March 2017

 

Primary Source, July 2016 (x2)

 

Harvard Business School Reunions, June 2016

 

Morris County Chamber of Commerce, June 2016

 

Primary Source, April 2016

 

NewBridge on the Charles, February 2016

 

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, December 2015

 

The Weston Golf Club Forum, November 2015

 

Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Adult Education Series, November 2015

 

The Lumen Institute, September 2015

 

Rotary Club of Portsmouth, May 2015

 

The Weston Golf Club Forum, March 2015

 

The Chilton Club, September 2014

 

Primary Source, May 2014

 

The Harvard Club of Boston, February 2014

 

Primary Source, February 2014

 

Primary Source, January 2014

 

The National Debate Forum, July 2013

 

Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Selichot Talk, September 2012

BC Finance Conference, June 2016
Boisi Center, April 2014

Boston College Talks

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Summer Course, June 2018

Eagle Political Society, April 2018

 

Boston College Parents’ Roundtable at Boston College, November 2016

 

Boston College Alumni in Washington, DC, October 2016

 

Boston College Alumni in Boston, October 2016

 

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, Boston College Law School, November 2016

 

Boston College Finance Conference, June 2016

 

Dean’s Colloquium, March 2016

 

Boston College NYC Alumni Breakfast, October 2015

 

Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, September 2015

 

Boston College Americans for Informed Democracy, April 2015

 

Boston College Model United Nations, March 2015

 

International Education Week, November 2014

 

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, April 2014

 

Middle East and Islamic Studies Students Association, January 2014

 

Eagle Political Society, September 2013

 

Institute for the Liberal Arts, April 2013

 

Middle East and Islamic Studies Students Association, April 2013

 

Middle East and Islamic Studies Students Association, January 2013

 

Boston College Law School Reunion, November 2012

 

Boston College Political Science Association, October 2012