3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
The past year has been a critical time for the Middle East. Popular uprisings, as in Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt, may have opened a new chapter in the region’s politics, while the change of government in Lebanon, the stalemate in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and the impasse in nuclear negotiations with Iran have presented new challenges to the United States and the region. All this adds to the economic problems, the threat of extremism, and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. How should we view the state of the region, and what are the implications for U.S. foreign policy?