Rethinking a Middle East in Transition: MEI Conference

Conference: Washington DC
8:45-9:00am: Opening Remarks: Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, President MEI

9:00-10:30am: US Middle East Policy in the 2nd Half of the Obama Term
David Makovsky, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Suzanne Maloney, Brookings
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute
Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group
Moderator: Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Princeton University

10:45-12:15: New Approaches to Non-State Armed Actors
David Kilcullen, Center for a New American Security
Robert Malley, International Crisis Group
Mitchell Reiss, Washington College
Moderator: Roger Hardy, Woodrow Wilson Center

12:30-1:30: Keynote Luncheon featuring address by Dr. Saeb Erakat, Chief Negotiator for the PLO

1:45-3:15: Shifting Regional Dynamics: Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab States
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University
Omer Taspinar, Brookings
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland
Alex Vatanka, Middle East Institute
Moderator: Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation

3:30-5:00: Reevaluating US Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Hassan Abbas, Columbia University
Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress
Paul Pillar, Georgetown University
Moderator: Caroline Wadhams, The Center for American Progress



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