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Revisiting US Middle East Strategy

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A panel of experts examine the future of US policy in the Middle East and how the election results could shift American priorities in the region.
Speakers
Martin Indyk
Karim Sadjadpour
Tamara Cofman Wittes
David Gardner
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Over the past decade, the United States’ diplomatic and military focus on the Middle East has shifted, providing openings for other powers to vie for influence in the region. As US-China competition accelerates and the world struggles with the health and economic fallout of COVID-19, how central will the Middle East be to US strategic interests in the coming years and what would further disengagement mean for the region?

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About the Speakers
Martin Indyk
Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Martin Indyk, Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Karim Sadjadpour
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Tamara Cofman Wittes
Senior Fellow, Brookings' Center for Middle East Policy
Tamara Cofman Wittes is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and currently is a senior fellow at the Brookings' Center for Middle East Policy.
David Gardner
International Affairs Editor, Financial Times
David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times