Public Forums at the Center for International Studies
We very much appreciated the suggestion of our nine History faculty colleagues who recommended in the January/February 2019 issue of the Faculty Newsletter that the Center for International Studies collaborate on a series of public forums to address the issues surrounding MIT’s links to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The Center has often addressed issues of human rights, war, and the U.S. role in the Middle East, including the KSA, through its Starr Forum and the Security Studies Program’s Wednesday seminars, among other venues.
In June, our newest Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, Dr. Hala Aldosari, a Saudi activist and writer who has recently accepted the invitation of The Washington Post to become its Jamal Khashoggi Fellow, will join us for a year to continue her research on women’s rights and her outreach to end the guardianship system in KSA. We co-sponsored one recent forum on Saudi human-rights abuses and, with Dr. Aldosari’s arrival, we intend to mount more events that will constructively engage with issues pertaining to the Saudi monarchy.
Richard Samuels, Director
John Tirman, Executive Director
MIT Center for International Studies