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The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East

Author and former White House Middle East advisor and expert Philip Gordon joins Deep Dish to explain regime change in Middle East policy.
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From Iran in 1953 to Syria in 2011, the United States has relied on regime change as a core facet of Middle East policy—with mixed results. Author and former White House Middle East advisor and expert Philip Gordon joins Deep Dish to explain that while regime change is a tempting policy option, in the long-term it leads to high costs, unintended consequences, and the spread of instability.

About the Guests
Philip Gordon
Author, Former White House Middle East Advisor
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Philip Gordon is an author and former White House Middle East Advisor.
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Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson
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