YPFP Excursion: Alternative Futures for the Middle East

In recent years, a number of factors have destabilized the Middle East and escalated tensions among regional and global powers. The Iran nuclear deal, an example of how diplomatic initiatives can succeed despite high levels of mistrust between stakeholders, has nevertheless left some countries in the region feeling vulnerable. The tragedy of the war in Syria has further destabilized the region and is having significant global impact as millions of Syrian refugees seek safe haven. The rise of the Islamic State and its proliferation throughout the region and beyond has shocked the international community as well.

Given these difficult new realities, the Asia Society Policy Institute and Academic Exchange present a high-level panel discussion on the evolving security challenges in the Middle East and potential pathways to stability. Senior policy experts will shed light on the changing region and discuss alternative visions for the region’s future and steps that can be taken to get there.

Asia Society has generously reserved 5 complimentary tickets for YPFP members for this event ($30 per ticket value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list by Wednesday, May 18th at 5 p.m.


  • HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal is a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family and Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He previously served as Saudi Arabia’s Director of Intelligence and as Ambassador to the United States.
  • General Michael Herzog is the Milton Fine International Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a retired Brigadier General in the Israel Defense Forces. He has held several senior positions in the Office of Israel’s Minister of Defense.
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross is Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and as President Bill Clinton’s envoy in the Middle East peace process.
  • The Hon. Kevin Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and served as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. As Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, he also leads a review of the UN system.
May 20, 2016 at 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Asia Society
Juan Machado ·
Andrew Heim Rebecca Ochs Alice Ma Jason Rico Saavedra Funlola Otukoya
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