Regional Perspectives on US Policy in the Middle East

March 13, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC

Regional Perspectives on US Policy in the Middle East

A conversation with:

Dr. Kristin Diwan
Senior Fellow
Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington 

Dr. H.A. Hellyer
Nonresident Senior Fellow,  Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Dr. Haykel Ben Mahfoud (via Skype)
Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Dr. Karim Mezran
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Dr. Nicola Pedde
Institute for Global Studies, Rome 

Moderated by:

Ms. Mirette F. Mabrouk
Deputy Director and Director for Research & Programs, 
Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Atlantic Council 
As the dust begins to settle after the transition of power in Washington, the spotlight is slowly moving to the administration’s policies toward the Middle East and North Africa. With the region already troubled by one of President Trump’s early executive orders and several phone calls and meetings with regional leaders, many unanswered questions remain about the direction of the relationship with the Middle East. Our distinguished panel will discuss how the region is watching, anticipating, and reacting to shifts in policy, including Kristin Diwan on the Gulf, Haykel Ben Mahfoudh and Karim Mezran on North Africa, H.A. Hellyer on Egypt, and Nicola Pedde on Iran. 

Will the Trump administration fulfill its campaign promise to re-assert its role in the Middle East? How will the president and Congress react to ongoing challenges and opportunities in Libya, Yemen, and Egypt? Will the president’s style have a significant impact on the relationship with hardline leaders in Syria, Iran, and others across the region? Please join us for a discussion of these and other issues of concern to the United States in the Middle East. 

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Kristin Smith Diwan is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She works in both comparative politics and international relations and specializes in Arab and Islamist politics. Her current projects concern Gulf political economy, the politics of sectarianism, generational change, and the evolution of Islamism in the GCC. 

H.A. Hellyer is a nonresident senior fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. He is also associate fellow in international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. Before joining the Council, he was a nonresident fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and a research associate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Haykel Ben Mahfoudh is a nonresident fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and a professor in the departments of Public Law and Political Science in Tunis, Tunisia. His research interests include security sector reform, regional security, international humanitarian law, democratization and governance, constitutional law, non-state actors, and human rights. 

Karim Mezran joined the Hariri Center as a senior fellow focusing on the processes of change in North Africa. As a distinguished Libyan-Italian scholar, Dr. Mezran brings enormous depth of understanding to the transition in Libya and elsewhere in the region. In addition, Dr. Mezran is currently an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he teaches courses on the history and politics of North Africa. 

Nicola Pedde is the director of the Rome-based Institute for Global Studies, an independent think-tank focusing on politics and security of the Middle East and Africa. Since 2002, he is also the director of analysis for the Middle East at the Military Center for Strategic Studies, the think tank of the Italian Ministry of Defense. 

Mirette F. Mabrouk is deputy director and director of research and programs at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Her area of research focus is Egypt, particularly economic reform, civil society, media, and international relations.