Congressman Adam Kinzinger on America’s Role in the Middle East and the World

March 17, 2017 - 8:30 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC

Congressman Adam Kinzinger on America’s Role in the Middle East and the World

A conversation with:
The Hon. Adam Kinzinger
Representative (R-IL)
US Congress

Introduced and Moderated by:
Amb. Frederic C. Hof
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council
The United States faces a number of security challenges across the globe as well as increasing questions about what role the Trump Administration believes the United States should play on the international stage. Please join the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East for a conversation with Congressman Adam Kinzinger on America’s role in the world and in the Middle East in particular, and what we can expect from a Trump presidency in terms of foreign policy and national security.

This event is part of the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force initiative, co-chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. In November 2016, the co-chairs published their Task Force report that proposes a pragmatic and actionable Middle East roadmap that emphasizes the efforts of the people of the Middle East themselves supported by the long-term engagement of the international community, with an eye toward harnessing the region’s enormous human potential. The Task Force brought together a broad array of regional stakeholders and international experts to collaborate in identifying ways in which people in the Middle East can build and support governing institutions that offer legitimacy, opportunity, and an alternative to violence. 


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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

A light breakfast will be served. 

VISITING THE COUNCIL: Metro and parking info 


Adam D. Kinzinger is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across fourteen counties in the Northern Illinois region. Congressman Kinzinger serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. His top priorities include strengthening US energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security–both at home and abroad. Prior to being elected to Congress, Kinzinger served in the Air Force in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a strong supporter of US leadership in the Middle East, and he was among the first members of Congress to call for air strikes against ISIS. He continues to focus on eradicating this threat with a comprehensive and detailed strategy. In 2007, he received the US Air Force Airman's Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was being violently attacked. He wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard's Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year. Currently serving as a Deputy Republican Whip at the age of thirty-eight, Congressman Kinzinger is one of the youngest Members of Congress and was named ‘A Republican Role Model for 2017’ by the Washington Post.

Frederic C. Hof came to the Atlantic Council after a career as a US Army officer, a private sector CEO, and a US Department of State diplomat. He is a Vietnam veteran and as a military officer served on the commission that investigated the 1983 bombing of the US Marine Corps headquarters at Beirut International Airport. In 2001, he served as chief of staff of the Sharm al-Sheikh Fact-Finding Commission, headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and was the principal drafter of the Commission's report. In the Department of State from 2009 to 2012, he took the lead in an effort to mediate Syrian-Israeli peace and was given the rank of ambassador in his capacity as special adviser to the secretary of state for transition in Syria. Among his military decorations is the Purple Heart.