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Panel Discussion on Bahrain: Politics & Human Rights


Introduction by James Goldgeier, dean of American University’s School of International Service. Dean Goldgeier’s expertise includes contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, and transatlantic security. Goldgeier has held appointments at the State Department, the National Security Council staff, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, and the Woodrow Wilson Center among others. He is the co-author of America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11.


Saqer al Khalifa is the media attaché from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Maryam al Khawaja, head of foreign relations for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was present for the February 14 uprising, as protesters demanded democratic reforms, and witnessed the government response. She is the daughter of Abdulhadi al Khawaja, the founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who was among a group of high-profile human rights activists and opposition leaders sentenced to life imprisonment. She has been influential in shaping official responses to events in Bahrain around the world by engaging with prominent European and American policymakers in her advocacy efforts.

Kristin Diwan, assistant professor of comparative and regional studies in American University’s School of International Service, is an expert in the politics and policies of the Arab Gulf.  In particular, she is interested the political economy of Islamism; specifically, how Islamic political movements build support and further social Islamization through the economy.

Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, is a general expert on human rights issues in the region. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1996, Stork co-founded the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP) and served as chief editor of Middle East Report.


Shadi Mokhtari, assistant professor in American University’s School of International Service, is an expert in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She serves as the editor in chief of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East.

WHAT:  Panel discussion focusing on human rights and politics in the Kingdom of Bahrain

WHERE:  American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
School of International Service Building, Abramson Family Founders Room

WHEN:     October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

Details:    Please RSVP by 9:00 am on October 3 to J. Paul Johnson, AU Communications, 202-885-5943 or

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