Program | Schedule

Time 9:30am - 3:00pm
Alumni Lounge, 40 Talbot Avenue.

ALLIES: Diplomatic Crisis Simulation Exercise: Algeria

The Intellectual Roundtable Simulation is a diplomatic crisis simulation centering around a potential geo-political crisis in Algeria that would have consequences for the stability of the entire MENA region, with concerns for American interests as well. The simulation begins with a joint exercise between the US African Command (AFRICOM) and the Algerian National People’s Army (ANP), in the face of decreasing stability in the country, brought about by the significant inroads of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) into the southern portion of the country. Move 1 revolves around the increased threat of AQIM, which is coming into increased conflict with Algerian security forces, creating both human rights and stability concerns. Students will consider themselves advisors to the National Security Council and will evaluate the dangers to American interests in Algeria and possible strategies to confront them.

Time 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Goddard Chapel, 2 The Green

ALLIES: Post Arab Spring Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Mr. Ahmed Ali – Senior Analyst on Iraq and Iraq Team Leader, Institute for the Study of War
  • Mr. Karim Haggag – Deputy Director, Policy Planning Division, Foreign Ministry, Egypt • CAPT (ret.) Mark Huber – Program Manager, Middle East and Central Asia, Center for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Dr. Marina Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Co-author, Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World; Co-editor, Yemen on the Brink
Time 6:00pm
Sophia Gordon, 15 Talbot Ave, Tufts University

EPIIC Alumni Reception

IGL is hosting a reception of EPIIC alumni to bring this special community together.  Come reconnect with old friends, say hello to IGL co-founder and director, Sherman Teichman and hear about this year’s symposium.  We hope you will join us.

Refreshments will be served.  After the reception, please join us for the symposium’s opening Cultural Night featuring music from the region and performers such as violinist Nabih Bulos, Concertmaster for the Palestinian National Orchestra.  The event will be held in the Distler Performance Hall of the Granoff Music Center (across the street from the reception) at 8pm.

Time 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cabot Auditorium, 170 Packard Avenue

ALLIES Keynote Address: Kathleen Hicks

Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, where she led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review; Henry A Kissinger Chair and Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic International Studies

Time 8:00pm - 10:15pm
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue

Cultural Evening


Master of Ceremonies: Li Fan and Rebecca Varley, EPIIC ‘14
EPIIC Director Sherman Teichman
Made for More than Survival: Notes from Syria’s Refugee Crisis
Curt Rhodes Jr, International Director and Muthanna Khriesat, Jordan Country Director, Questscope
A Woman’s War: Egypt
Photographic Presentation by Elizabeth D. Herman, ‘10, EPIIC ‘07-08
The Sounds of Future Folklore
Solo Performance by Karim Nagi
Four Egyptian Tunes
Joshua Hahn ‘11, nay; Rich Jankowsky '95, EPIIC '91-92, riqq; Tala Kayyali ‘11, qanun; Kareem Roustom, MA ‘06, oud 
I. Samai Bayyati al-Aryan - Ibrahim al-'Aryan (1850-1920)
II. El-Hilwa Di - Sayed Darwish (1892-1923)
III. Dhikrayati - Muhammed al-Qasabji (1892-1966)
IV. Longa Farahfaza - Riadh al-Sunbati (1910-1981)
Three Rivers (Kareem Roustom)
Beth Bahia Cohen, Arabic violin and yayli tanbur; Mal Barsamian, clarinet and oud; Joshua Hahn ‘11, nay; Tala Kayyali ‘11, qanun; Rich Jankowsky and Fabio Pirozzolo MA ‘14, percussion; Sarita Uranovsky and Gabriel Rothman ‘15, violins; Will Myers ‘13, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Chris Finis ‘14, bass; Kareem Roustom, conductor
I. Aayr Araxi Aperov
Traditional Armenian - anonymous
II. Uyaney Gözlerim Gafletden Uyan 
Ottoman - attributed to Sultan Murad (1612-1640)
III. The Eternal River
Egyptian - Instrumental suite from the song Al-Nahr Al-Khaaled by Mohammed Abdel Wahaab (1902-1991)
Three Rivers is an arrangement of three melodies from Armenia, Ottoman Turkey, and Egypt for traditional instruments and string quartet arranged by Kareem Roustom
Scheherazade (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, 1835-1905)
Nabih Bulos, violin;  Mark Kuss, piano; George Mathew, piano
III. Allegretto
Followed by a presentation by George Mathew on the collaboration between Music for Life International and the Institute for Global Leadership to aid Syrian Children

Tickets are priced the same as the regular events of the EPIIC Symposium. Please refer to Overview for pricing. Tufts students participate in the entire symposium (concert included) for $5.