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Untangled and Retangled - The New Geopolitical Arc from the Eastern Med to Central Asia

September 16, 2013, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
The McGraw Hill Building
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Room 208
New York, NY 10020


Steve LeVine
Quartz; Schwartz Fellow, The New America Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Mohamad Bazzi
Associate Professor, New York University


Edward Morse
Citi Research

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration and Refreshments
6:00 - 6:10 PM: Remarks honoring Professor Dankwart A. Rustow, founder of The Energy Forum

6:10 - 7:00 PM: Session Presentations
7:00 - 7:30 PM: Audience Participation
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Refreshments

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Speaker Biographies:

Steve LeVine

Steve LeVine covers the geopolitics of energy and technology at Quartz. He is based in Washington, D.C. He is a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches energy and security. Previously he was a foreign correspondent based in Central Asia and the Caucasus for 11 years, starting two weeks after the Soviet collapse. He ran The Wall Street Journal bureau for the eight-nation region, and before that covered it for The New York Times. From 1988-1991, LeVine was Newsweek’s Pakistan-based correspondent for that country and Afghanistan. Before that, he covered the Philippines for Newsday from 1985-1988.

He has written two books:  The Oil and the Glory, a personality driven history of big oil and geopolitics during the 1990s oil rush on the Caspian Sea, published in 2007; and Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the life and death of a half dozen Russians, published in paperback in 2009. Both were published by Random House. He is currently working on a book about the geopolitics of technology, and the global race to be first with an advance in automotive batteries.

Mohamad Bazzi

Mohamad Bazzi is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, where he teaches international reporting. From May 2009 to April 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), providing regional expertise and analysis. He was the 2008 Edward R. Murrow press fellow at CFR.

Before joining the NYU faculty, Bazzi was the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday from 2003 to 2007. He established Newsday bureaus in Baghdad and Beirut, and he was the lead writer on the Iraq war and its aftermath. He has written extensively about regional politics, Sunni-Shiite conflicts, and militant Islam. He also covered the 2000 Palestinian uprising, the war in Afghanistan, and the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. In nearly 10 years on staff at Newsday, he served as the United Nations bureau chief and as a metro reporter in New York City.

His essays and commentaries on the Middle East have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Salon, and other publications. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2008 Arthur Ross Award for distinguished reporting and analysis on foreign affairs, presented by the American Academy of Diplomacy; the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for in-depth reporting on religion; the 2005 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize from the United Nations Correspondents Association; and the 2004 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

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