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April 19, 2018

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Monday, February 04, 2019

CALA Spring 2019 Film Series Presents "Crime and Punishment Around the World: Incarceration on Film"
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Deutsches Haus

Opening reception and screening of  Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (The Final Days).

For more details and to RSVP, please go to

The notion of crime as an illegal act that is punishable by a government authority implies a clear differentiation between right and wrong. Mass incarceration further symbolizes the concept that a physical space drawn in bars and walls can impose a simple order onto a world that defies borders and neat categories. The purpose of punishment is to avenge, to incapacitate, and to deter, but does it work? Is justice served more than it is not? And might the abuses of mass incarceration be inherent to its practice? This series of international films takes a closer look at different interpretations of crime and punishment and what they say about a country’s values, collective identities, and understanding of history. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir featuring Ambassador Mohamed Khaled Khiari
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began and ended.

Tunisia has been the only country able to maintain a democracy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. While the Arab Spring spread across the region, it failed to materialize anywhere else in the Arab world. The focus of our discussion will be why this wave of revolutionary awakening among young Arabs failed to be realized elsewhere, will it be revived, and in what form, given the changing socio-political dynamics in the Arab world, and the continuing quest of Arab youth for a better and brighter future.

Join CGA Senior Fellow in Global Affairs, Alon Ben-Meir, in conversation with Ambassador Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations.


Ambassador Mohamed Khaled Khiari has served as the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations since late 2012.

From September 2011 until his latest appointment, Mr. Khiari was Director of Human Rights within the Department of International Organizations and Conferences at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was previously appointed Chargé de Mission in the Ministry of Youth and Sports in July 2009, and Deputy Director, Euromed, within the Ministry’s Europe Department in September 2006.

Alternating between Foreign Ministry headquarters in Tunis and overseas postings, Mr. Khiari was assigned to the Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations at Geneva in October 2003, after having been appointed Deputy Director in the Human Rights Department at the Ministry in September 2002.  He had previously been posted to his country’s Embassy to the European Union in Brussels in September 1996.

Prior to his October 1994 appointment as Acting Deputy Director for the United Nations and the Security Council in the Ministry’s Department of International Organizations and Conferences, he was assigned to the Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs in March of that year.  August 1987 saw his first posting to the United Nations in Geneva, having joined the Ministry’s Department of Maghreb Countries in 1984.

Mr. Khiari is a graduate of the Haut Institut de Gestion in Tunis, where he earned a master’s degree in management, specializing in marketing.

Born in Hammam-Lif, Tunisia, in 1960, he is married and has two children.


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