The New Containment: Changing America’s Approach to Middle East Security

A Report Launch with:
Bilal Y. Saab
Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security,
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Atlantic Council

Barry Posen
Director, Security Studies Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Haass
Council on Foreign Relations

Moderated by:
Barbara Starr
Pentagon Correspondent

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Securing the Middle East after an Iran nuclear deal is the region and the world’s next big challenge. The United States and its allies have engaged in tireless diplomacy with Iran over the past few years to produce an agreement that would limit Tehran’s nuclear program for the next decade and a half. A final deal is expected to be reached by the June 30 deadline. But the hard work does not stop here, and in fact, it may have just begun.

To protect the deal and take full advantage of its potential benefits – which include the drastic reduction of the risk of nuclear weapons proliferating in the region – the United States needs a comprehensive strategy for regional security in the Middle East. After all, the ultimate prize and broader objective is and has always been to secure and stabilize the region, and a nuclear deal with Iran – as strategically significant as it is – is only one piece of the Middle East security puzzle.

Please join the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a launch of a report by Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Saab entitled The New Containment: Changing America's Approach to Middle East Security and a debate on the future role of the United States in the Middle East following a nuclear deal with Iran.