Middle East and South Asia

A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar and Panel

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Description


The Middle East and South Asia have historically been viewed as the crossroads of civilization. In many respects the region remains so today. The convergence of regional rivalries, great power competition, transnational issues, and religious, political and criminal forces continue to compel America’s interests.

The geopolitics and security framework of the Middle East have transformed substantially in 2020. The U.S. has moved back into strategic contention in the region following the Abraham Accords and the U.S.-brokered end to Qatar’s isolation within the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The new U.S. administration will need to capitalize on these changes and be prepared to confront Russia, the PRC and Turkey while addressing unresolved issues in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa. The disruptions caused by the Syrian civil war and the spillover of radical Islam in Europe only compound the tensions and add to regional uncertainty.

 

Format


This one-day program is broadcast live from the Capitol Hill Club and streamed via YouTube (or other available platforms) to military bases and personnel around the world. The program will feature a minimum of four presentations in the morning followed by an open panel discussion in the afternoon. Questions from the attendees will be fielded by the program moderator via “chat.”

 

Topics


  • America’s Strategic Quandaries in South Asia and the Middle East
  • Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East: Current Tensions and Future Prospects
  • The Continuing Migration Crisis
  • Russia’s Grand Strategy in the Middle East and South Asia
  • Assessing the Future of Iraq and the Implications for U.S. National Interests
  • The Middle East and South Asia in the New Global Context
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition
  • The Islamic Republic’s Troubles at Home and Challenges for the U.S.
  • Puzzles and Dilemmas in the Middle East and South Asia: Cultural Leadership and Political Order
  • India, Australia, Japan and the United States: A New Alignment
  • Egypt’s Resurgence as a Political Power
  • Iran vs American Policy: Reversals and Continuities

 

Felt like “Neo” in the Matrix—mass influx of expert information in a concise and rapid-fire format. Awesome!

J.P., Air Force • National and International Secuirty Leadership Seminar May 2015

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

Excellent overview of an incredibly important subject given world events and a new administration. Great insights. Great speakers. Well done!

G.G., Air Force • Transnational Issues Seminar April 2017

End-to-end, an amazing group of speakers, with most diverse backgrounds. I could listen to each of the speakers for hours on end. Their collective knowledge is truly incredible.

M. Chi, Defense Acquisition University - San Diego

Truly outstanding insight/superior historical background and great stories born throughout scars of experience; I attended National War College and they are known for great speakers/first-hand experience - yours were better. Huge thanks; extremely well done!

M. Weaver, Wright Patterson Airforce Base