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. 


  • Middle East current events

  • American power and foreign policy

  • Women and the news media

  • Life and resilience in conflict

To contact Kim Ghattas regarding speaking engagements for your next lecture or special event, please email Kim via the contact page.


December 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands: Keynote speaker at the fifth "D66 Day of the Middle East"

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)


December 2017: A World on Edge: What to Expect in 2018
"The Growing Threat of Cyberwarfare"
hosted by the Carnegie Middle East Center

Panelists: Collin Anderson, Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on measurement and control on the Internet; Tim Maurer, co-director and fellow, Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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November 2017: Busboys and Poets Books Presents: Sectarianization, a conversation about the book: Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

Participants: Authors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel

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.

World Bank Annual Meetings, October 2016. Photo: Grant Ellis / World Bank via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 license

World Bank Annual Meetings, October 2016. Photo: Grant Ellis / World Bank via Flickr Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 license

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,
Abdelaziz Sager


February 2014: Foreign Policy in Stereo: Digital Diplomacy series at the Italian Embassy

Featured Guest: Anne-Marie Slaughter