Middle East and South Asia Update

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar

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Program Description

The Middle East and South Asia have historically been seen as the crossroad of civilization. In many respects they remain so today. Although recent administrations have sought to reduce U.S. engagements in the Middle East and South Asia, the convergence of regional rivalries, great power competition, transnational issues, and religious-political and criminal forces continue to compel Ameria’s attention. The region remains crucial for the world economy and its strategic value remains intact.

Speakers include scholars and former policymakers who have lived and worked int eh region and are familiar with its rich and traditional cultures. They bring to the discussion their experience with how policy is made in Washington, as well as a nuanced understanding of the political and cultural currents that are driving the peoples of the Middle East and South Asia, as well as the engagement of China, Russia and the United States in the region.


Seminar Topics

  • The Middle East: A Region of Chaos and Humanitarian Disaster
  • Indian Politics and the Prospect for India-Pakistan Rapprochement
  • The Middle East and South Asia in the New Global Context
  • Puzzles and Dilemmas in the Middle East and South Asia: Culture, Leadership and Political Order
  • The Crisis in Turkish-American Relations
  • American’s New Syria Strategy and the Broader Struggles in the Middle East
  • Understanding the Linkage of Extremism in South Asia and the Middle East
  • The Iran Challenge: Politics, Economics, Security and Geopolitics
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States—The Future of a Troubled Region
  • Russia’s Grand Strategy in the Middle East and South Asia
  • Geopolitical Transformation and the New Global Framework: From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean
  • The China-Pakistan Nexus: Implications for India and the United States
  • America’s Strategic Quandaries in South Asia

*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.  To register click here.


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 meeting room assignment 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 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.

Very good program. I have taught and studied international security studies for a few years and found the program very worthwhile, informative, and full of highly qualified experts. Keep working hard to maintain the balance and diversity of views—it’s essential!

L.P., Air Force • Middle East & South Asia Seminar March 2017

Excellent seminar—a semester of information compressed into a day. Outstanding!

Air Force attendee • Middle East Seminar October 2016

One of the best programs I have ever been to. The speakers and their perspectives will be very helpful in my soon-assignment to the Middle East. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the speakers is inspiring! Thank you.

C.B., Air Force • Middle East & South Asia Seminar March 2017

Outstanding Seminar. Thoroughly enjoyed the rich perspective brought forward by well-credentialed speakers.

M.F., Air Force • Middle East & South Asia Seminar March 2017

Outstanding program of learning. Very impressed not only with caliber of speakers, but with their absolute candor and lack of “political correctness.” Will recommend others participate in this highly relevant training.

D.M., Air Force • Middle East & South Asia Seminar March 2017