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CFP: Third Annual Middle East Dialogue

Call for Papers and Participation: Third Annual Middle East Dialogue
Washington, DC, Thursday 21 February, 2013
The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Washington-based Policy Studies Organization (PSO) are pleased to announce the Third Annual Middle East Dialogue (MED) and call for papers. The MED2013 will be held on Thursday 21 February 2013 at the Whittemore House: Washington DC, home of The Woman’s National Democratic Club. The theme for the 2013 conference is “New Directions in the Middle East.”
The Middle East Dialogue has established an international reputation as a focal point for new research, and a forum for the exchange of opinions and different views about issues of social, political, and economic reforms and development in this vital and strategic part of the world.  In addition, discussions go on concerning women’s rights and roles in the new Middle East, and ethnic and interfaith dialogue.
Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to the areas mentioned above. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty minute individual presentations, or round-table discussions on particular topics. Proposals are encouraged to explore present, past and futuristic approaches to these issues and “what if” scenarios, as well as conflict resolution, and problem-solving recommendations.
Proposals of one to two pages should be sent as email attachments, along with a brief CV by September 15, 2012 to Mr. Daniel Gutierrez Sandoval at Policy Studies Organization (PSO), e-mail address is: dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org. Proposals submitted before September 15th will receive notice of approval or rejection by September 30, 2012. A panel of reviewers from DOMES International Editorial Board will also recommend select papers for publications in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), published by Wiley-Blackwell.
The early conference registration fee for speakers is $200; $250 for conference attendees, due by October 30. Late registration fee will be $300 (registration fee covers breakfast, refreshments, lunch and concluding reception) payable and mailed to: PSO: 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Tel. (202) 349-9281; Fax (202) 483-2657; http://www.ipsonet.org).
Hotels near the Whittemore House include: Carlyle Suites ; Washington Hilton . Mention MED2013 when making reservations. If they receive the minimum required number for group reservations at one or the other they can grant MED2013 conferees discounted room/suite rates.
Past loyal supporters and co-sponsors of MED included: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM); American Public University System (APUS); The Next Century Foundation (NCF).  Other institutional, foundations, publishers, or individual sponsors are invited and will be acknowledged and listed on MED2013, PSO and DOMES web sites, program announcements, and the final MED2013 program to be distributed at the conference.
We hope that you will plan to join us in Washington on February 21 in what promises to be another successful gathering of scholars, diplomats and policy makers to discuss issues dealing with this vital part of our global economy and strategy.
Prof. Mohammed Aman, PhD                                   
Editor-in-Chief, DOMES                               
Co-Chair, MED2013
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee                             
Prof. Paul Rich, PhD
President, Policy Studies Organization
Co-Chair, MED2013
Washington, DC
Brittany Khatib
Graduate Assistant to Professor Mohammed M. Aman, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES)
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
bbestol@uwm.edu
Elena Vezzadini
Postdoc CEAf – EHESS
96 Boulevard Raspail
Paris, 75006
Tel.: 0033 601636672     
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