Roundtable on the U.S. and Middle East

Director: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
February 1, 2007 - Present

The United States is faced with an array of serious challenges in the Middle East, perhaps unprecedented in the past fifty years. An attempt to provoke a revolutionary change in the Middle East has collapsed with a large U.S. land army lodged in the heart of the region. The United States now confronts a Middle East that features an imploding Iraqi state, an aggressive Islamic Republic about to cross the nuclear threshold and a Palestinian state broken into two failed entities.

The Roundtable on the U.S. and Middle East will seek to develop strategies for the next administration. Should the United States attempt to recoup its position by pressing forward, albeit more prudently and with international cooperation, or should the United States go "back to the future," and place "stability over freedom," to use President Bush's phrase? Is it time to create an alliance with Sunnis to stave off the immediate threat of Iranian encroachment? What should the United States' grand strategy be in the Middle East? These and other questions will be the focus of monthly discussions.

Publications

Meetings

Nuclear Program and U.S. Policy

Speaker: Gary Samore, National Security Council
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations
March 15, 2011

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U.S.-Russia Cooperation in the Middle East after Georgia

Speaker: Nikolas Gvosdev, Professor, United States Naval College
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
September 26, 2008

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Confronting Global Terrorism

Speaker: Tom J. Farer, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Presider: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
July 15, 2008

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Special Briefing with Iraqi Legislators

Speakers: Nadim Al-Jaberi, Al-Fadhila Party, Council of Representatives of Iraq, Sheikh Khalaf Al-Ulayyan, Iraqi National Dialogue Council, Council of Representatives of Iraq
Presider: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 4, 2008

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Collective Security

Speaker: Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Presiders: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 14, 2008

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The Price of the Surge

Speaker: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council in Foreign Relations
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council in Foreign Relations
April 29, 2008

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The United States in the Middle East: From Iraq to Annapolis

Speakers: Robert A. Malley, Program Director, Middle East and North Africa Program, International Crisis Group, Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 5, 2007 12:00–12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Palestine: The Next Thousand Days

Speakers: C. Ross Anthony, Director, RAND Palestine Initiative, Co-director, RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security, Robert Malley, Director, Middle East/North Africa Program, International Crisis Group
Presider: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 27, 2007 7:30–7:45 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
7:45–9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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A Conversation with Dennis Ross

Speaker: Dennis B. Ross, Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 22, 2007 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Next Steps in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process

Speaker: Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Presider: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 30, 2007 12:00–2:00 p.m.

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A Conversation with Ambassador Mohammad Javad Zarif

Speaker: Mohammad Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 28, 2007

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Time for Detente with Iran?

Speaker: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 5, 2007

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The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement

Speaker: Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2007 12:00–2:00 a.m.

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