The list of challenges facing the United States in the Middle East is daunting. In addition to the efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, attempts to reassemble the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and engagement to ensure Iraq’s fractious political landscape does not slide backwards into chaos, many other issues in the region jostle for the United States’ attention. From his efforts to restart the peace process to his recent calls to avoid escalation in Lebanon, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh stands as one of the most active voices in the region working to address these difficult issues.
On January 24, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted Minister Judeh for a discussion of the most pressing challenges facing the Middle East today.
Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and moderate the discussion. After the program, the Foreign Minister took audience questions.