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Center on Global Interests – The U.S., Russia, and the New Middle East Disorder

January 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The U.S., Russia, and the New Middle East Disorder

Hosted By: Center on Global Interests

Event Description

With Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict and Iran’s return from global isolation, the year 2015 was a watershed for the Middle East. Today the situation remains in flux, with renewed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s increasing clampdown on Kurdish fighters.

On January 26, the day after the opening of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, the Center on Global Interests invites you to a discussion that will present a clearer picture of the major players and their respective interests in these conflicts. What are the goals of the Western and Arab Coalitions in Syria? How will Iran’s engagement shift the balance of power in the region? How many wars are actually going on in Syria, and what are the motivations of the belligerents? And, ultimately, what are the long-term trajectories of U.S. and Russian foreign policy in the region?

The discussion will be moderated by Karoun Demirjian, defense and foreign policy correspondent for The Washington Post. A Q&A session will follow.


Ben Connable, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation; leader of RAND’s support to the Marine Corps’ analytic efforts on Iraq and the Middle East, as well as two projects focused on helping the U.S. Army improve capabilities to address the Russian threat in Europe.

Michael Kofman, Public Policy Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; adviser to military and government officials on Russian/Eurasian security issues.

David Ottaway, Senior Scholar in the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former Middle East correspondent, The Washington Post, and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Center on Global Interests


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529 14th Street NW, Murrow Room - 13th Floor
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