Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, outlined a new strategy for combating terrorism and building peace in the Greater Middle East in a speech hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution on Monday, March 29.
Senator Lugar, who has served five terms as Indiana's senator, proposed a partnership between the G-8 and major countries in the region willing to join a Greater Middle East 21st Century Trust. The aim of the new partnership would be to promote "a restructuring of the region from within," through improved governance, economic and education reform, empowerment of women, and enhanced security cooperation.
In his speech, Senator Lugar discussed other policy options and responsibilities for the United States as well as an expanded role for NATO in the Middle East.
Following his remarks, Senator Lugar took questions from the audience.
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