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Note: This course will be taught over three half-days (roughly 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) instead of the originally scheduled two full days.

Middle East volatility continues to roil U.S. foreign policy. Consider, for example, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, oil price fluctuations affecting Saudi Arabia, and the continued terrorization of the region by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). New dynamics and priorities are influencing American engagement in the region. Is the United States playing a proactive or reactive role? Examine the security, economic and political issues that define U.S. policy in the region.

“The course provided me with a comprehensive overview of historical perspectives, current circumstances and key players. I’ll use what I learned to frame future deep dives into the Middle East, relative to U.S. policy and congressional action.” – Class participant

OPM Competency: External Awareness

Brookings scholars, policymakers, foreign diplomats, and corporate professionals are the types of speakers who will share their insights within this course.

Past speakers for this course 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
  • Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Former senior professional staff member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Natan Sachs, Director – Center for Middle East Policy and Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

Audience for this Program:

  • Intelligence and military communities
  • Business managers and executives
  • Nonprofit, advocacy, humanitarian and development organizations
  • Political officers at embassies and consulates
  • Federal agency employees who have an interest in the region and/or how it relates to US policy
  • Government officials wanting to learn how global issues affect domestic policies and those at their agencies

Program Benefits:

  • Recognize the political, social, religious and economic complexities of the Middle East
  • Interpret the direction of Middle East policy under the current administration
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