As a speaker, Kim Ghattas brings a fresh voice to the debate about American power and foreign policy and in-depth knowledge of the Middle East. Half-Lebanese and half-Dutch, and a French and Arabic speaker, Kim grew up in Beirut during the civil war, witnessing firsthand the consequences of foreign policy decisions made in Washington.
SPEAKING TOPICS INCLUDE:
- Middle East current events
- American power and foreign policy
- Women and the news media
- Life and resilience in conflict
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SELECTED PAST LECTURES and panels:
April 2017, Washington, DC: Panelist at the Center for American Progress event "Trump's First 100 Days in the Middle East"
February 2017, University of Central Florida: "An Outsider's Perspective on the New Administration"
November 2016, Long Island, NY: "What Does the World Think About America After the Election?" at Nassau Community College.
March 2015, New York, NY: Keynote speaker at the American University of Beirut 150 year celebration dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
January 2015, London, England: Discussion on Obama’s last two years in office after the midterm defeat at the Frontline Club.
March 2014, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Lecture on "The Limits and Possibilities of American Power"
March 2014, Leiden University, The Hague Campus: Lecture on "President Obama and Syria: The making of foreign policy decisions in Washington"
March 2014, Leiden University: Annual Annie Romein-Verschoor lecture on "Arab Women: Losing Battles but Not The War" (PDF)
KIM GHATTAS AS MODERATOR
April 2017: Financing for Peace: Innovations for Tackling Fragility, hosted by the World Bank
Panelists: Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations; Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission; Mauricio Cardenas, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Republic of Colombia; Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank; Donald Kaberuka, Co-Chair, LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development; Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross; Laure Wessemius-Chibrac, Managing Director, Cordaid Investment Management.
March 2017: The Iran Deal: International Perspectives, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Panelists: Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba, Yukiya Amano, Baroness Catherine Ashton, Ariel (Eli) Levite.
October 2016: Preventing Violent Conflict Through Development, hosted by the World Bank
Speakers: Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Amina Mohamed, Minister, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kenya; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia.
June 2016: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran: Looking Ahead One Year Later, hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Panelists: Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba, Karim Sadjadpour
November 2014: Middle East Institute's Annual Conference
"Containing the Islamic State" panel
Panelists: Cengiz Çandar, Hossein Mousavian, Omar Al Nidawi,
February 2014: Foreign Policy in Stereo: Digital Diplomacy series at the Italian Embassy
Featured Guest: Anne-Marie Slaughter