Alternative Futures for the Middle East

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NEW YORK, May 20, 2015 — Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Israeli General Michael Herzog, and U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross discuss evolving security challenges in the Middle East and potential pathways to stability. Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd moderates the conversation. (1 hr., 24 min.)


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In recent years, a number of factors have destabilized the Middle East and escalated tensions among regional and global powers. The Iran nuclear deal, an example of how diplomatic initiatives can succeed despite high levels of mistrust between stakeholders, has nevertheless left some countries in the region feeling vulnerable. The tragedy of the war in Syria has further destabilized the region and is having significant global impact as millions of Syrian refugees seek safe haven. The rise of the Islamic State and its proliferation throughout the region and beyond has shocked the international community as well.

Given these difficult new realities, the Asia Society Policy Institute and Academic Exchange present a high-level panel discussion on the evolving security challenges in the Middle East and potential pathways to stability. Senior policy experts will shed light on the changing region and discuss alternative visions for the region’s future and steps that can be taken to get there.

Speakers:

HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal is a member of the Saudi Arabia royal family and Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He previously served as Saudi Arabia’s Director of Intelligence and as Ambassador to the United States.

General Michael Herzog is the Milton Fine International Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a retired Brigadier General in the Israel Defense Forces. He has held several senior positions in the Office of Israel’s Minister of Defense.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and as President Bill Clinton’s envoy in the Middle East peace process.

The Hon. Kevin Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and served as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. As Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, he also leads a review of the UN system.
 

           

This program was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Julis Rabinowitz Family.

Event Details

Fri 20 May 2016
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021
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