KEYNOTES AND PANELS 

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


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

SELECTED PAST LECTURES and panels: 

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)


KIM GHATTAS AS MODERATOR

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

TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE


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

Featured Guest: Anne-Marie Slaughter