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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 pm
The Lounge at Iwan Ries
19 South Wabash Ave

Cocktails at 5:30, with the presentation at 6:00 for about thirty minutes, followed by Q&A and general cocktail conversation. 
Reservations are required.

David Faris writes, "Who makes American foreign policy in the Middle East? While it may seem like the president's foreign policy team conceptualizes and carries out policy, the range of legitimate options available to any policymaker is much more limited. Proximity and organizational ties are much more important in these discourses than the actual range of expertise that is available to policymakers. An analysis of experts invited to testify before Congress, as well as the roster of guests on news programs, suggests that small group of people is referenced and invited repeatedly. The primacy of a small number of DC-based think tanks with a small range of acceptable policy ideas tends to reduce the number of possible policies with respect to the Middle East. It also tends to reproduce status-quo policymaking in the region, which is uniquely militarized and leads to patterns of American involvement -- from direct military intervention to arms sales -- that have led to sub-optimal policy outcomes."

David Faris is the author of Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt and co-editor of Social Media In Iran: Politics and Society After 2009.  He is a contributing writer at The Week and a frequent contributor to Informed Comment, and his work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Christian Science Monitor and Indy Week. Professor Faris teaches political science at Roosevelt University.

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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at