On September 11-12, 2013, the Saban Center at Brookings and the United States Central Command brought together analysts, officers and policymakers to discuss both new and enduring challenges facing the United States in the Middle East.
The conference, The United States and the Middle East: Avoiding Miscalculation and Preparing for Conflict, explored the upheaval in key countries of the region resulting from the Arab uprisings, as well as longstanding conflicts and challenges.
Vice Admiral Mark Fox, CENTCOM’s deputy commander, delivered opening remarks, and former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, delivered a keynote address.
The proceedings from this conference include summaries of the sessions and an overarching essay by Kenneth Pollack.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.