The Middle East remains a challenging region for global powers, with a matrix of complex relationships and strategic interests at play. Tensions continue to rise among regional and external players with dissimilar geostrategic objectives. As the debate on U.S. involvement in regional affairs and conflicts remains at the forefront of policy dialogue, Washington must reflect on its vital interests in the region and determine longer-term goals along with a strategy to achieve them. Much of this will be determined by its vision for relations with power players inside and outside the region – including Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
On April 25, the NCAFP hosted an exciting public panel addressing the fractured states and interests at play in the Middle East. The event featured Ellen Laipson, Director, International Security Program, Schar School of Government and Public Policy at George Mason University, and Jonathan Tepperman, Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy. The panelists were in conversation with Stephanie Sy, a freelance reporter and anchor for Yahoo News and CNN International.