Near East PolicyCastAuthor: The Washington Institute
24 Jun 2017

Near East PolicyCast

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    Vision 2030 and the Saudi Future with Simon Henderson

    Donald Trump is making his first foreign trip as president to the Middle East, with his initial stop in Saudi Arabia. President Trump will arrive in a kingdom on the precipice of major changes, including a youth boom, technological revolutions, a possible succession to a younger generation of royal leadership, and an ambitious economic reform program dubbed “Vision 2030.” Gulf and energy policy scholar Simon Henderson explains thepolitical, economic, and social changes facing Saudi Arabia, and what the future holds for the kingdom, for its Arab neighbors, and for Washington’s relations with Riyadh.

  • Posted on 20 May 2017

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    The Trump Administration and the Middle East after 100 Days

    To assess the new U.S. administration's approach to Middle East policy at the conclusion of its first 100 days in office - and on the eve of a presidential trip to the region - The Washington Institute hosted a keynote conversation at its 2017 Soref Symposium on Middle East policy between Gen. John M. "Jack" Keane, USA (ret.), Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.), and Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff. The Soref Symposium is an annual conference of Institute experts, supporters, and policymakers to explore U.S. policy in the Middle East. Gen. John M. "Jack" Keane, USA (ret.), is a retired general and former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.), is a retired U.S. Navy admiral who served as NATO's supreme allied commander. Robert Satloff is executive director of The Washington Institute and Howard P. Berkowitz chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.

  • Posted on 18 May 2017

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    The Abbas-Trump Visit with Ghaith al-Omari, Ehud Yaari, David Makovsky, and Dennis Ross

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is in Washington, DC, for only the second time since 2010, and meets with President Trump at the White House on May 3. How should the U.S. administration approach Abbas as they begin to lay the groundwork for a new push to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Posted on 02 May 2017

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    Turkey's New Sultan? With Soner Cagaptay, Gonul Tol, and Amberin Zaman

    Can Turkish democracy - and Turkey's strategic relationships with Europe and the United States - survive Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasing consolidation of domestic political power? Three Turkish experts, including the author of a timely new book on Erdogan's rise and ambitions, discuss the country's likely future.

  • Posted on 24 Apr 2017

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    Countering Violent Extremism with Matthew Levitt

    Defending against terrorism requires more than stopping or catching terrorists. Just as important as military and law-enforcement actions against active terrorists are broader government and community efforts to prevent individuals from adopting extreme ideologies in the first place, and countering the attraction of violent methods for those already radicalized. Counterterror expert Matthew Levitt discusses a new bipartisan report that aims to help the new U.S. administration improve and broaden our efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (PCVE). Read their report at http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/pcve.

  • Posted on 05 Apr 2017

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