U.S. Commitments in the Middle East

The Middle East Policy Council’s 87th 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 January 11, 2017, offered diverse perspectives on U.S. commitments and engagements in the Middle East for the new 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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Wednesday, January 11, 2017;
1:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

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



Jake Sullivan

Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Senior Policy Advisor, Hillary Clinton for President 2016
Former Deputy Assistant, President Barack Obama
Former National Security Advisor, Vice President Joe Biden


Mary Beth Long

Founder and CEO, Metis Solutions
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Chairman, NATO High Level Group (HLG)
Senior Advisor and Subject Matter Expert, Supreme Allied Commander, NATO


Derek Chollet

Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel
Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director, National Security Council


Dimitri Simes

President and CEO, Center for the National Interest
Publisher, The National Interest
Former Chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs and Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace



Richard J. Schmierer

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



Thomas R. Mattair

Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

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