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The new administration has placed Middle East policy among its top foreign policy objectives. The President pledged to destroy ISIS and resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. He has put Iran on notice putting into question the future of the Iran agreement. And, the White House is signaling a desire to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel. Rarely has a course offering provided insight into complex and challenging issues been timelier. BEE’s course on Regional Challenges in the Middle East gives you a unique opportunity to hear directly from the people shaping policy to help you develop new insights and strategies relative to this region.

Some of the Confirmed speakers include:

  • General James Cartwright, USMC, ret., Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, Center for Strategic & International Studies; former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff;
  • Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies, Council  on Foreign Relations; former Deputy National Security Advisor to the President;
  • Colin Kahl, Associate Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East;
  • Shadi Hamid, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy Studies, the Brookings Institution; author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World;
  • Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; former Advisor to the Secretary of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations; Author, The Too Much Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace;
  • Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace;
  • Robert S. Ford, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014); former US Ambassador to Algeria;
  • Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; former staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee;

Tuition: $1,950

Location: Washington, DC

Audience for this Program

  • Intelligence and military communities
  • Business managers and executives
  • Nonprofit, advocacy, humanitarian and development organizations
  • Political officers at embassies and consulates
  • Anyone heading to the Middle East


Program Benefits:

  • Real understanding of emerging trends in the Middle East
  • Opportunities to interact with regional policymakers
  • New perspectives on how developments in the Middle East can affect your organization
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