The Middle East and the Next Administration

The Middle East Policy Council’s 86th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held October 13, 2016, offered diverse perspectives on the challenges for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and opportunities for the next administration. To receive invitations to future events, click here, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To view our recent Capitol Hill Conferences, click here.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016; 1:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building
2 Constitution Ave. NE
Room 485
Washington, D.C. 20002


Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

Chairman, Projects International Inc.
Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense
Former President, MEPC


James Zogby

President, Arab American Institute
Member, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters


Ilan Goldenberg

Senior Fellow & Director, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Former Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Former Iran Team Chief, Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy
Former Special Adivsor on the Middle East, Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy


Gerald F. Hyman

Former Senior Advisor and President, Hills Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Member, Advisory Council to the Center for International Media Assistance of the National Endowment for Democracy
Former Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID



Richard J. Schmierer

Former Ambassador, Oman
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council


Thomas R. Mattair

Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

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