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West Asia or the Middle East routinely makes headlines due to a complicated array of security challenges. However, ASPI doesn’t view this or any region through a singular lens. The West Asian region has a vibrant history and influential political and economic ties across the Asia-Pacific, including with the United States. West Asia remains a vital source of energy and remittances for many countries across Asia, and its importance has grown as the challenges it faces increasingly involve other parts of the world. Through private roundtables, public discussions, policymaker briefings, and expert commentary, ASPI facilitates regional cooperation as well as greater dialogue and understanding between Middle Eastern countries and the Asia-Pacific region, including the United States.

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Policy
 /  New York
The Eurasia Group founder and geopolitical analyst discusses key trends shaping the world with Kevin Rudd.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
The architect of Iranian foreign policy engages in conversation with Charlie Rose at Asia Society New York.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Mohammad Javad Zarif contrasts the Iranian style of government with those of its adversaries in the region.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Experts discuss the rapid changes and high stakes in the Iran-U.S. relationship and how the Iran nuclear deal is holding up.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
Former National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon says Donald Trump has created "deep uncertainty" in the world.
Current Affairs
 /  New York
A group of experts discusses President Trump's policies, accomplishments, and missteps in the early days of his term.

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