Europe and Middle East Update

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Europe and Middle East Update

The relationship between Europe and the Middle East has been intimate, complicated, and fraught with peril and promise. The Middle East has historically been seen as the cross road of civilization In many respects it remains so today and its strategic value remains intact.

Five-hundred years ago Europe began to emerge as the dynamic center of world politics, shaping the fate of the Middle East and much of the world. The combined impact of the economic recession and mass immigration from the Middle East and Africa have exposed political fault lines. The conflicts between national government and populist movements coupled with the British electorate decision to leave the European Union have only exacerbated tensions.

The Europe-Middle East Seminar will consider both current challenges facing the United States by bringing together a group of experts and practitioners to explore the regional issues and prospects for cooperation and their implication to U.S. National interest.


Seminar Topics

  • Is NATO Capable of Addressing Future Threats
  • Integration, Immigration and European Identity
  • Britain and the EU in Post-Brexit Europe
  • Mounting Strains in the NATO Alliance
  • The Middle East: A Region of Chaos and Humanitarian Disaster
  • Europe and Middle East: Current Prospects and Future Tensions
  • The Crisis in Turkish-Western Relations
  • The Future of Saudi Arabia: America’s Oldest Ally in the Middle East
  • America’s Syria Strategy and the Broader Struggles in the Middle East
  • The Iran Challenge: Politics, Economics, Security and Geopolitics
  • Russia’s Grand Strategy in Europe and the Middle East
  • After the Iranian Nuclear Deal—Will the Sanctions Work
  • The Growth of Extremism in the Middle East

*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.


The Program Moderator will have extensive experience conducting senior-level foreign policy seminars for the Intel Community. The Moderator will have first-hand knowledge and a detailed, up-to-date understanding of the region being studied in each seminar. In addition to the daily morning introduction and afternoon wrap-up, the Moderator will generally make a separate presentation and be available to provide additional presentations as needed. The Moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.



The fee for each three-day Foreign Policy Seminar is $2,250 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The seminar will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities.



The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-15 and above) and military (O-6 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807.


Additional Information

The Foreign Policy Seminars will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, Washington, DC. The Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue, Silver and Orange Lines). Business attire for participants is required.

Reporting information concerning registration time and workshop start and end times will be sent to all participants approximately two weeks prior to the start of each program. The seminar meeting room will  open at 7:45 am and seminars will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in the presentations.