Study Group on a New Security Structure for the Middle East

Director: Richard W. Murphy
Chair: Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Staff: Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs, and Peter G. Peterson Chair, Foreign Affairs
March 1, 1999 - December 31, 1999

The utility of the Clinton Administration’s "dual containment" policy on Iraq and Iran is diminishing as regional conditions and the expectations of outside powers change. At some point, perhaps as early the next two to three years, conversations between the United States, Iraq and Iran will begin. The purpose of this study group is to analyze the likely positions of Iraq, Iran, and the United States regarding future security in the Persian Gulf region and to lay the intellectual groundwork for these discussions. The security interests of these countries must, at a minimum, be identified and accommodated if a new regional security structure is to occur. The end product will be an article that clearly lays out the interests of the parties in question and identifies those intersecting areas of security where fruitful discussions are possible and desirable.

Meetings

Study Group Meeting

Dropping Anchor in the Gulf

Panelist:

John E. Rielly, President, The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Richard W. Murphy, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Gideon Rose, Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 17, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

Drafting the Dialogue

Presider:

Lawrence J. Korb

Speakers:

Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations, Gideon Rose
May 19, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

The Way Forward: Framing the Dialogue

Presider:

Lawrence J. Korb

Speakers:

Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations, Gideon Rose
May 4, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

The Other Players

Presider:

Lawrence J. Korb

Speakers:

Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations, Gideon Rose, Council on Foreign Relations
April 13, 1999

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Study Group Meeting

A Dialogue Between the United States, Iraq, and Iran

Presider:

Lawrence J. Korb

Speakers:

Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations, Gideon Rose
March 29, 1999

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