Berkley Lecture: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Turbulent Middle East
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The IRC is proud to present Dr. Paul Salem as the 2020 Berkley Lecturer. President of the Middle East Institute, Dr. Salem will present on U.S. interests and policy in a turbulent Middle East. Tickets ($30, students; $40, IRC members; $50, general admission) are available through February 28. Please read on for more details.

When: Tuesday, March 3
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Grand Street Café
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri  64112
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Berkley Lecture

The Eliot S. Berkley Lecture was founded in 1996 and brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Eliot S. Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC's founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.

About the Speaker

Dr. Paul Salem is president of the Middle East Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank and cultural center in Washington, D.C., founded in 1946. Dr. Salem focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports including Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2019); Winning the Battle, Losing the War: Addressing the Conditions that Fuel Armed Non State Actors (ed. with Charles Lister, MEI 2019); From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2017), Broken Orders: The Causes and Consequences of the Arab Uprisings (In Arabic, 2013), "Thinking Arab Futures: Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for the Arab World", The Cairo Review Spring 2019;  “The Recurring Rise and Fall of Political Islam” (CSIS, 2015),  Bitter Legacy: Ideology and Politics in the Arab World (1994), and Conflict Resolution in the Arab World (ed., 1997).  Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013.  From 1999 to 2006, he was director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989-1999 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon's leading public policy think tank.

Salem is also a musician and composer of Arabic-Brazilian jazz. His music can be found on iTunes.

Sponsorships Available

Sponsorships ranging from $750 to $2,500 are available and include a variety of special benefits, including the opportunity to distribute materials to attendees, reserved prime seating, a special meet and greet with the Berkley Lecturer, and the chance to introduce the Berkley Lecturer to the audience. For more information, please review the 2020 Berkley Lecture sponsorship invitation or contact Matthew Hughes at


11:00     Registration
11:30     Buffet lunch
12:00     Program
1:00       Program ends


Tickets for this event are $50 (general admission), $40 (IRC members), and $30 (students). Tickets include the cost of lunch. Academy-level members will have prime seating available at the Berkley Lecture.

Cancellations will be accepted no later than 5 business days prior to the event, and people who register but do not attend will be billed.

About the Meal

Your ticket includes a buffet luncheon with a salad, choice of two entrees, sides, soft drink, and dessert. Dietary restrictions should be emailed to Matthew at at least one week prior to the event.

Academic Sponsor

University of St. Mary

UMKC Medical Center


Table Sponsors

Husch Blackwell