On October 17-18, 2011, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy partnered with U.S. Central Command to bring together nearly one hundred experts to examine how the Arab Spring will affect U.S. strategic interests in the Middle East.
Coming a month after Tunisians went to the polls to elect a constitutional assembly, and a month before Egyptians will vote in the first round of parliamentary elections, the conference, Stability and Prosperity in the Region: Mutual Equities and Enduring Relationships, looked at the challenges that have developed in countries undergoing change, and the way in which the region as a whole will be shaped by the Arab Spring. U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Susan Ziadeh, and Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Follow Up Affairs, H.E. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mutib Al Rumaihi, each delivered keynote remarks. CENTCOM Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Robert Harward delivered opening remarks.
The proceedings from the conference present summaries of the discussions that took place, and include a pair of analysis pieces based on the dialogue.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.