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Women, Islam and Reform in the Middle East

Isobel Coleman, D.Phil., is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She also serves as the director of CFR"s Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Initiative and CFR"s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, educational reform and microfinance. In 2006, she co-authored "Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security" (Hoover Institution Press). Her latest book, "Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East" (Random House), examines how women are bringing about reform in the Middle East within an Islamic framework.

Coleman"s work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Star, The Dallas Morning News, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business and policy conferences. Her media experience includes interviews on CNN, CNN International, ABC, Good Morning America, BBC, PBS"s Frontline, al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera and NPR. She has testified before Congress on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prior to joining CFR, Coleman was CEO of a health care services company and a partner with McKinsey & Company in New York. She was formerly a research fellow at The Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at American University, where she taught political economy. A Marshall Scholar, Coleman holds a D.Phil. and M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University and a B.A. in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kelly Day Endowment on the Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East and the Ghada Irani Discretionary Fund.

Learn more about the Kelly Day Endowment.


Tue, Nov. 16, 2010
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago