Mar 3

Past Event

Revolution in the Middle East

Event Materials



  • U.S. Should Not Interfere in Middle East

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ): We can’t interfere in these events; we can only assist. However, these countries will need assistance going forward. The greatest need will be for jobs and economic development.

  • Support Obama's Call for Qaddafi to Cede Power

    Senators Lieberman and McCain: We support President Obama’s calls for Libyan leader Qaddafi to step aside. If Qaddafi refuses, then the U.S. should be prepared to take further action.

  • Middle East Peace Process

    Senators Lieberman and McCain: The revolt in Egypt drives home that the Israelis and Palestinians need to move quickly to establish a permanent peace agreement.

  • Protests in Arab World Consistent with U.S. Values

    Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT): The Arab world protests are consistent with U.S. values of political freedom and economic opportunity. The U.S. should support these countries as they emerge from political turmoil.


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On March 3, Brookings hosted Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) for a discussion of their recent trip to the Middle East. McCain is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Lieberman chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The two discussed the unrest across the Middle East and North Africa, and what the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya mean for U.S. relations with the broader region.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks, and Senior Fellow Robert Kagan moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda


March 3, 2011

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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