August 5, 2015, 12:00 pm - July 10, 2019, 12:12 am


Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

The Middle East Institute and the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) were pleased to host Roy Gutman, Middle East bureau chief of the McClatchy newspapers, fresh from a reporting trip to Tehran.

In interviews with Iranian government officials and experts, Gutman explored Iran's policies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen and the potential impact of Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 on Tehran's regional ambitions.

Mr. Gutman shared his insights from Tehran, after which respondent Joyce Karam, Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Hayat Newspaper, an international Arabic daily based in London, commented on reaction to the deal in the Arab press and concern about increased regional turmoil. SAIS faculty member and MEI scholar Daniel Serwer moderated the conversation.

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Roy Gutman is the Middle East Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Istanbul. He has been McClatchy's Baghdad bureau chief and, before that, foreign news editor. He has also been a diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek and director of American University's Crimes of War Project. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he provided the first documented reports of concentration camps. In addition to the Pulitzer for international reporting, Gutman's honors include the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights. He is the author of three books and co-editor of a fourth.

Joyce Karam is the Washington correspondent for Al-Hayat newspaper, an international arabic daily based in London. She has covered American politics extensively since 2004 with focus on U.S. policy towards the Middle East. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist in Lebanon, covering the post-war situation. Ms. Karam holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution.

Daniel Serwer (moderator) is an MEI scholar as well as Senior Research Professor of Conflict Management and Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, with the United States Institute of Peace he led peacebuilding work in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Balkans, and he served as executive director of the Hamilton/Baker Iraq Study Group. Earlier, Dr. Serwer had a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service.