March 8, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Middle East Institute
1763 N St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri, President of the American University of Beirut, and Dr. Lisa Anderson, former President of the American University in Cairo. The conversation will be hosted and moderated by Dr. Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute and enriched by the insights of the discussant, Amb. Ed Gabriel, President of the ATFL and Board Member of Lebanese American University.

The panel will discuss the impact of mission-driven institutions, the importance of graduating individuals who embrace global citizenship, the prospects for higher education in the Middle East over the next ten years, and much more. 


Dr. Lisa Anderson
Former President, American University in Cairo

Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri
President, American University of Beirut

Amb. (ret.) Ed Gabriel (Discussant) 
President of the ATFL and Board Member of Lebanese American University 

Dr. Paul Salem (Moderator) 
President and CEO, Middle East Institute

Detailed Speaker Biographies

Dr. Lisa Anderson is Special Lecturer and James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations Emerita at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Anderson served as President of the American University in Cairo for five years, from 2011-2016. Prior to her appointment as President, she was the University’s provost, a position she had assumed in 2008.  She is Dean Emerita of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she led the school from 1997-2007. She was on the faculty of Columbia since 1986; prior to her appointment as Dean, she served as Chair of the Political Science Department and Director of Columbia's Middle East Institute. She has also taught at Princeton and Harvard Universities. 

Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri, the 16th president of the university, was elected in March 2015 and assumed office in September 2015. He was professor and chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, and held the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research. He also served as deputy director for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Dr. Khuri was also the executive associate dean for research of the Emory University School of Medicine.​​​

Amb. (ret.) Ed Gabriel is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, having served from November 1997 to March 2001, during which time a new U.S.-Morocco strategic relationship was launched on political, military and economic levels.  He has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums involving national security, environmental, and trade and energy issues.  He has been involved in matters of Russian and European nuclear non-proliferation and has been active in advising the U.S. government on Mideast policy matters. Currently, Ambassador Gabriel is President and CEO of The Gabriel Company, LLC, which advises American corporations and international entities on investment and policy strategies and projects.  He is the President and CEO of the American Task Force on Lebanon, Co-Chairman of the American Schools of Tangier and Marrakech, Chairman of the Moroccan American Center, and a member of the boards of AMIDEAST, the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Institute, and The Keystone Center.

Dr. Paul Salem is president and CEO of the Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of political change, transition, and conflict as well as the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Salem is the author and editor of a number of books and reports including Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (ed. with Ross Harrison, MEI 2019). Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013.  From 1999 to 2006, he was director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989-1999 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon's leading public policy think tank.


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