Saban Center-CFR Middle East Strategy Project

Toward A New U.S.-Middle East Strategy was a joint Saban Center at Brookings–Council on Foreign Relations project staffed by Middle East experts from both policy establishments. The strategy group, formally launched in July 2007, conducted in-depth research, fact-finding trips to the region, dialogue with regional officials, and consultation with American policymakers in an effort to develop a new Middle East strategy for the next president.

The joint Brookings-Council on Foreign Relations project presented a non-partisan policy blueprint in November 2008, during the presidential transition period, that the incoming president and his or her advisors could use as the basis for their Middle East strategy.

The project marked the first time in the history of the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations that a group of their experts are partnering to develop strategic recommendations.