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LitTalks: A New Middle East After Trump?

The fraught relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East raises critical questions for human rights.

During our LitTalk we discussed the interconnectedness of human rights, policy-making, governance, and civil society in the Middle East and North Africa, and the implications for funders, movements, and political actors. Philanthropy must step up, be bolder, and provide funding to local human rights organizations based on their own agendas and priorities.


Bassma Kodmani, Founder and former Director of the Arab Reform Initiative. Senior Researcher with Institut Montaigne.
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Hrair Balian, Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center.
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Dr. Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.
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Mozn Hassan, Egyptian feminist activist and founder of ‘Nazra for Feminist Studies’. Founder of the “Doria Feminist Fund”.
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Watch the video in English here:

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Additional Resources:

The Doria Feminist Fund
  • The United States needs a new Syria policy by Hrair Balin and Jeffrey Feltman
  • Lebanon’s political corruption can be rooted out – if its international donors insist by Lina Khatib
  • The path through Moscow: How Europe can help Syria by Bassma
  • 10 years later: Was the Arab Spring a failure? by Clea Simon
  • Kodman
  • After COVID: Feminist Policies Save Lives and Uphold Rights by Lina Abu Habib
  • Ending Yemen’s Multilayered War by Peter Salisbury
  • What Can We Learn from Syria’s Devastating Decade of War? By Mona Yacoubian
  • Interview with Mozn Hassan on new technologies and gender-based violence by Esraa Abdel Fattah