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Middle East Cross-Cultural Studies

Thu, Sep 14, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Featuring: Ms. Nia Mahallati, Middle East Subject Matter Expert
Location: The Institute of World Politics - 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture on the topic of

Middle East Cross-Cultural Studies


Ms. Nia Mahallati
Middle East Subject Matter Expert


Thursday, September 14, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM ET


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036Commodore Barry Room – Marlatt MansionGetting to campus


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About the Speaker

Ms. Nia Mahallati is a US. Army Veteran with 25 years of professional experience, including serving as an Adjunct Professor for Webster University for more than five years teaching International Law, International Relations, and Procurements and Acquisitions. She also served as Adjunct Instructor for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) teaching Cross-Cultural Studies and Middle Eastern Studies for over five years. She possesses extensive experience in international affairs and international law, including having served as Chief of Party on several Department of State Rule of Law Programs in Afghanistan until August of 2021. Her education includes a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Georgia School of Law with an emphasis on international law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. 

About the Lecture

This lecture will provide an overview of the cultures, religions, and politics of the “Middle Eastern” region. This region has historically been defined as the geographic region extending from the eastern borders of Iraq to the Western borders of Egypt. However, recent and current events have created a need to extend the geographic boundaries of the region to include additional Arab countries, as well as Iran, Pakistan, Israel, and the regions of Kurdistan and Central Asia.

The term “Middle East” assumes somewhat of a “uniformity” of regional history, culture, and identity. However, in reality, this region possesses a wide range of diverse historical, political, ethnic, and religious qualities that make it one of the most complex and obscure regions in the world.

Thus, this lecture will provide an overview of the interplay of various historical, cultural, religious, and political factors within this wider region. It will also explore the uniqueness of different groups in this region. In examining these factors, recognition must also be given to this region as the birthplace of some of the world’s major religions, as well as the recent evolutions of powerful Islamic influences such as Hezbollah and the Taliban.

This lecture is intended for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the “Middle East.” The objective of the lecture is to provide a general understanding of the region as it applies to similarities and differences among cultural groups, geographies, historical backgrounds, concepts of different religious beliefs and practices, and differing perceptions of current issues.

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