A New Approach for the Middle East

November 30, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
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Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley debut the 
Final Report of the Middle East Strategy Task Force:
A New Approach for the Middle East 


Sec. Madeleine K. Albright
Former US Secretary of State and Co-Chair, 
Atlantic Council Middle East Strategy Task Force

Mr. Stephen J. Hadley
Former US National Security Advisor and Co-Chair, 
Atlantic Council Middle East Strategy Task Force

Introduced by:

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Mr. Ayman Mohyeldin
Foreign Correspondent
NBC News
Under the bipartisan Co-Chairmanship of former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley, the Atlantic Council convened the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) in February 2015 to examine the underlying issues of state failure and political legitimacy that drive extremist violence and threaten fundamental interests broadly shared by the peoples of the region and the rest of the world.

The result of almost two years of intensive study, Albright and Hadley’s final report proposes nothing short of a paradigm shift in how the international community and the Middle East interact. Not only does the report present solutions to the region’s most immediate crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya, it also puts forward a pragmatic and actionable long-term strategy that emphasizes the efforts of the people of the Middle East themselves, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential. 

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Madeleine K. Albright is a Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama in 2012. In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy, a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to US Senator Edmund Muskie. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as President of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She is also on the US Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept. Albright earned a BA with honors from Wellesley College and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

Stephen Hadley served as the National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005, Hadley served as Deputy National Security Advisor. From 1993 to 2001, Hadley was both a principal in The Scowcroft Group (a strategic consulting firm headed by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft) and partner in the Washington DC law firm of Shea & Gardner (now part of Goodwin Proctor). In his consulting practice, he represented US corporate clients investing and doing business overseas, including in China, the United Arab Emirates, and Western and Eastern Europe. At Shea & Gardner, he represented US corporate clients in transactional and international matters—including export controls, foreign investment in US national security companies, and the national security responsibilities of US information technology companies. From 1989 to 1993, Hadley served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy for President George H.W. Bush, and from 1974 to 1977 he served on the National Security Council staff of President Gerald R. Ford. Hadley remains engaged on US national security policy, currently serving on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is also a Director of the Atlantic Council, serving on its Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Chairman of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy Advisory Board, and a member of Yale University’s Kissinger Papers Advisory Board. He previously held positions as co-chair of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board, and a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Hadley also serves as Senior Advisor on International Affairs to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In this capacity, Hadley has co-chaired a series of senior bipartisan working groups on topics ranging from Arab-Israeli peace to US political strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan to US/Turkey relations. He also contributes to the Institute’s programs in the Middle East and Asia. Hadley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1969. In 1972, he received his JD degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Ayman Mohyeldin is a foreign correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. He is also the host of the show “Roadmap” on MSNBC’s digital channel, Shift. Since joining NBC News, Mohyeldin has reported from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Gaza, Lebanon, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining NBC News, he was a correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Cairo, where he was at the epicenter of the Arab uprisings. In January of 2011, Mohyeldin covered the Egyptian revolution, broadcasting live street battles between the regime of President Hosni Mubarak and protestors. From May 2008 until May 2010, Mohyeldin was the only foreign broadcast journalist based in the Gaza Strip, and during the 2008-2009 war on Gaza, he was the only American journalist reporting live from the Strip. In 2007, his exclusive report during Egypt’s referendum on constitutional amendments exposed serious voting irregularities and violations. For his reporting, Mohyeldin has won a Peabody Award, the UK’s Cutting Edge Media Award, Argentina’s prestigious Perfil International Press Freedom Award, Lebanon’s May Chediac Foundation Award, and Europe’s Anna Lindh Foundation Award. In 2011, Time Magazine named Mr. Mohyeldin as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has been nominated for multiple Emmys and his journalism has been recognized in awards from New York University and Stanford University. He was also named as GQ Magazine’s Photographer of the Year and Esquire Magazine’s Journalist of the Year (Middle East edition). He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Frederick Kempe is the president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council. Under his leadership since 2007, the Council has achieved historic, industry-leading growth in size and influence, expanding its work through regional centers spanning the globe and through centers focused on topics ranging from international security and energy to global trade and next generation mentorship. Before joining the Council, Kempe was a prize-winning editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal for more than twenty-five years. In New York, he served as assistant managing editor, International, and columnist. Prior to that, he was the longest-serving editor and associate publisher ever of the Wall Street Journal Europe, running the global Wall Street Journal's editorial operations in Europe and the Middle East.
In 2002, The European Voice, a leading publication following EU affairs, selected Kempe as one of the fifty most influential Europeans, and as one of the four leading journalists in Europe. At the Wall Street Journal, he served as a roving correspondent based out of London; as a Vienna Bureau chief covering Eastern Europe and East-West Affairs; as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC; and as the paper's first Berlin Bureau chief following the unification of Germany and collapse of the Soviet Union. He is the author of four books. The most recent, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, was a New York Times Best Seller and a National Best Seller. Published in 2011, it has subsequently been translated into thirteen different languages. Kempe is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a member of the International Fellows program in the School of International Affairs. He won the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's top alumni achievement award and the University of Utah's Distinguished Alumnus Award. For his commitment to strengthening the transatlantic alliance, Kempe has been decorated by the Presidents of Poland and Germany and by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Ayman Mohyeldin is a foreign correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. He is also the host of the show ‘Roadmap’ on MSNBC’s digital channel, Shift. Since joining NBC News, Mr. Mohyeldin has reported from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Gaza, Lebanon, Japan, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining NBC News, he was a correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Cairo where he was at the epicenter of Arab uprisings covering the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.