20 November, Book Launch: Crisis and Conflict in Agriculture, Graduate Institute, Geneva

17 October American University of Cairo (AUC)

18 July WOCMES panel on the Water-Energy Food Nexus in the MENA, Sevilla

5-6 June MEDRESET project meeting, Beirut

8-9 March “Wise Cities” in the Mediterranean? Challenges of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sciences Po, Paris


14 December MEDRESET project meeting in Meknes

15-17 November, Loccum Academy, Hannover, The Future of North Iraq: Opportunities and Risks of European Foreign Policy

8 September, University of Oxford, WFP roundtable on food security assistance in and reconstruction of Syria

22-25 May Lecture tour for American Council on Germany: Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia

18-19 June, EUROMESCO conference, Barcelona, panel on the Future of Syria

5 April, EU-Africa Strategic Dialogue, Rabat, OCP Policy Center and EUISS

2-3 March Conference: Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World: An Evolving Dialectic, Sciences Po, Paris


30 November Kuwait University

28 November Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait

20 October King’s College London

18 October Maison Française, University of Oxford

17-30 July Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Iraqi archives, workshop on totalitarian regimes

19-22 May, Water-Energy-Food nexus in the MENA Region, roundtable of Hollings Center, Mohammed bin Fahd Foundation and Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), Abu Dhabi

17-18 March, Regional Analysis Workshop on the Role of Gulf Actors in conflict dynamics in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels

12-15 February, conference on impact of US shale revolution, Abdularahman al-Sudairy Foundation, Sintra, Portugal


October 24-25, “Challenges of a Shared World”, University of Oxford, Babtain Foundation, The Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

September 28-29, Georgetown University Qatar, The Geopolitics of Natural Resources in the Middle East

September 15, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

September 10, Middle East Research Institute (MERI), Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

June 22-25, Atlantic Strategy Conference on Trade, Energy, Food and Geopolitical Changes in the International System, Sao Paulo. OCP Policy Center, German Marshall Fund of the United States and Fernando Henrique Cardoso Institute

May 25, World Water Congress XV, Edinburgh, Presentation of special issue about the Water Energy Food Nexus in Arab Countries in International Journal of Water Resources Development, Spring 2015

April 23, Texas A&M University, College Station, Talk about Mining Strategies in the MENA

March 13-14, Club de Madrid NGD Roundtable, Dubai

February 11-13, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Sheikh Abdullah Saleh Kamel Symposium on “An Energy Revolution? The Political Ecologies of Shale Oil in the Middle East, US and China”

February 9, Gulfood conference, World Food Security Summit, Dubai

January 28-30, Conference on Tropical Agriculture as “Last Frontier”? Food Import Needs of the Middle East and North Africa, Ecological Risks and New Dimensions of South-South Cooperation with Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia by CIDOB, OCP Policy Center, King’s College London, University of Wageningen and Getulyo Vargas Foundation, Barcelona


December 3, Conference on Iraq at a Crossroads, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Casa Arabe and FRIDE, Madrid

November 26-27, Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), conference on Food Security in Arab Countries, Amman

November 20-21, OCP Policy Center and Instituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Building Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, Rabat

November 5-7, Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo, Whither the Arab World?
Revisiting Democratic Transition Theory

October 24-26, OCP Policy Center and German Marshall Fund, Atlantic Dialogues conference, Marrakesh

October 22, Abu Dhabi Global Environment Data Initiative

September 9-10: Graduate Institute Geneva, conference on transnational land grabs

June 11-13: OCP Policy Center, Rabat, Conference on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Drylands

June 10, OCP Policy Center, Rabat, Oil for Food book talk

May 16: SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D. C.: Conference on Chinese Investments in African Agriculture

May 6, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington: Food, Finance and Energy in the Gulf

April 30, Kuwait Economic Society: The Ukraine Crisis and the Middle East

April 29, Kuwait University: Oil for Food. The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East

April 1, Panel Discussion: How to Fight Hunger: Global Partnership & Food Security in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo

March 26, Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo, Talk about Sovereign Wealth Funds with Javier Capapé of ESADEgeo, Madrid


November 7, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bayrisches Orient-Kolloquium

October 31, Institut Barcelona de Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) The Mining Industry in the MENA

October 10-13, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Annual Conference, New Orleans

October 10, New York University, Deutsches Haus and American Council on Germany

October 9, Columbia University, Middle East Seminar

October 8, Princeton University, Transregional Institute

October 7, American Council on Germany, Warburg chapter Minneapolis

October 3 and 4, World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh

October 2, American Council on Germany, Warburg chapter Nashville

July 18, Stimson Center, Washington D. C.

June 5, ISPI – Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, Milan

April 29, Chatham House, London

April 15, Qatar University, Doha

March 1, American University of Beirut

February 26-27 Global AgInvesting Middle East, Abu Dhabi


December 5, University of Oxford

December 4, SOAS, University of London: The Sudanese breadbasket: Land and water grabs by Middle Eastern economies

December 3, King’s College, London

November 14-15, Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP), Doha, International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL)

October 16-18, McGill University Montreal, Fifth McGill Conference on Global Food Security, Food Prices and Political Instability

October 8, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, Conference on The Politics of Food Security: East Asian and Gulf Experiences

August 28, World Water Week, Stockholm. Session about “Inward Investment in Water – Misleadingly Called ‘Land Grabbing’” and launch of the Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa.

March 27, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Abu Dhabi. Conference about Water and Food Security in the Arabian Gulf.Talk about UAE Food Security.

March 14, Princeton University, Transregional Institute, Talk about Sudan after the Secession of the South: Missing Petrodollars and the Quest for an “Agricultural Renaissance”

Feb. 10, Texas A& M University, Talk about Middle East Food Security

Feb. 8, Network 20/20 New York, Talk about Middle East Food Security


Dec. 4, Princeton University: Weak Dollar, Expensive Oil Conference

Nov. 22, Gezira University, Wad Madani/ Sudan: Talk about Gulf Agro-Investments in Sudan

Nov. 14, Georgetown University Doha: Talk about Arab Food, Water and the Big Gulf Landgrab that Wasn’t

Nov. 11-12, Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB): The Mediterranean in a Multipolar World up to 2030. Talk about Gulf-Maghreb cooperation in the fields of food security and fertilizers

April 27, American Council on Germany, Oil and Stability in International Markets

April 26, Princeton University: Oil, the Dollar and the Stability of the International Financial System

April 7, Network 20/20, New York: Oil, Energy, and the Gulf: Challenges and Opportunities

Feb. 25, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington: Gulf Roundtable: Scarcity and Strategy in the GCC

January 24-25, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Ottawa, Food security conference


Sultan Qaboos University, Conference on Arab Food Security/ Muscat

American Council on Germany, Boston Chapter

Princeton University: Conference on the Saudi State

Harvard University: Belfer Center and Dubai Initiative: Middle East and Climate Change Adaptation

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Louise Blouin Foundation/ New York

Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington

World Bank, Washington


International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/ Rome

Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce and Industry

9th GCC Banking Conference/ Bahrain

UN-ESCWA/ Damascus

FES-WTO/ Cairo

Global Ag Investing/ New York

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