POMEPS held its inaugural conference “The Future of Middle East Political Science” at the George Washington University, May 17-18, 2010. The conference brought together 25 top political scientists from across the country to discuss the current state of the field, as well as its prospects for the future. The event culminated in a special guest panel on “Policy and the Academy.” Panelists included:
Colin H. Khal, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, and associate professor at Georgetown University
Robert Malley, program director for MENA at the International Crisis Group, and former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs
Quinn Mecham, former Franklin Fellow on the Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State, and assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College.