The Middle East remains a challenging region for global powers, with a matrix of complex relationships and strategic interests at play. Tensions continue to rise among regional and external players with dissimilar geostrategic objectives. As the debate on U.S. involvement in regional affairs and conflicts remains at the forefront of policy dialogue, Washington must reflect on its vital interests in the region and determine longer-term goals along with a strategy to achieve them. Much of this will be determined by its vision for relations with power players inside and outside the region – including Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. With growing constraints and reticence, is there still a worthwhile role for the United States in the Middle East? Does the U.S. still maintain any vital national interests in the region? Is a strong presence key to American national security interests? Join the NCAFP in welcoming distinguished experts as they seek to delve into some of these consequential questions on the United States’ strategic role in the Middle East.
Featuring Ellen Laipson Director, International Security Program Schar School of Government and Public Policy at George Mason University, and Distinguished Fellow & President Emeritus The Stimson Center, and Jonathan Tepperman Editor-in-Chief Foreign Policy. Moderated by Stephanie Sy Freelance Reporter and Anchor Yahoo News and CNN International.
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