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YPFP NY: A Political Salon with Jeffrey Laurenti - The Arab Winter and the Downsizing of American Global Ambitions
Please join YPFP NY for a Political Salon, co-hosted with the World Policy Institute, with Jeffrey Laurenti.
Three years of political turmoil in the Arab world have laid bare both the deep fissures in Arab societies and the limited capacity of the Western countries and alliances to steer those societies' transitions in the desired democratic direction. Ironically, the clearest democratic success in the Middle East region this year may have been in Iran's presidential election. Abandoning expansive ambitions of a decade ago, U.S. policymakers have preferred diplomatic and multilateral approaches over military action, actively engaging with the European Union, Russia, and United Nations in containing conflict and managing unrest. Nonetheless, crises from Egypt and Syria to Israel-Palestine, Iran, and Afghanistan still elude satisfactory solution, and influential voices call on Washington to threaten or use military force to cut through seeming Gordian knots. But can military assertiveness offer a more viable path to the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East?
What: A Political Salon with Jeffrey Laurenti: The Arab Winter and the Downsizing of American Global Ambitions
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: World Policy Institute, located at 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000 (10th Floor), between 6th Ave and Broadway.
To attend: Register to attend here. Space is limited; successful registrants will receive a confirmation email.
Political Salons are a series of relatively informal discussion events, which begin with wine and hors d'oeuvres. The reception is typically followed by a brief presentation by the featured speaker, with most of the time reserved for discussion questions from the audience.