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

Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

Confronting Global Terrorism

Presider:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Tom J. Farer, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
July 15, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Special Briefing with Iraqi Legislators

Presider:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

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
June 4, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Collective Security

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

Speaker:

Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
May 14, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

The Price of the Surge

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council in Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Steven N. Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council in Foreign Relations
April 29, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

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

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

Palestine: The Next Thousand Days

Presider:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

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
November 27, 2007 7:30-7:45 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
7:45-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

A Conversation with Dennis Ross

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Dennis B. Ross, Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
October 22, 2007 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Next Steps in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process

Presider:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
May 30, 2007 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with Ambassador Mohammad Javad Zarif

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
March 28, 2007

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Roundtable Meeting

Time for Detente with Iran?

Presider:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 5, 2007

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Roundtable Meeting

The Case for U.S. Military Disengagement

Presider:

Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2007 12:00-2:00 a.m.

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