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    The Middle East and the new US administration

    When: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST | Monday, February 22; Wednesday, February 24 - Friday, February 26 2021

    Online only: https://www.brookings.edu/events/the-middle-east-and-the-new-us-administration/

    What: During the week of February 22, the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) at Brookings will host an international conference — bringing together leaders and experts from the region, the United States, and elsewhere in the world — to discuss the top priorities for the United States and the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The conference, titled “The Middle East and the new U.S. administration,” marks the successful first year of CMEP’s “Sources of Middle East Instability” project. This signature effort brings to bear the center’s expertise in regional geopolitics, deep understanding of key countries, and insight into U.S. foreign policymaking to reassess assumptions about the region and to offer a sound knowledge basis for future policy.

    The four-day virtual conference will feature discussions with heads of state, policymakers, and experts from the United States and the world. Additional speakers and a conference agenda will be announced in the coming days.

    Viewers can submit question for panelists by emailing events@brookings.edu or on Twitter with #USMiddleEast.

    Agenda (see the event page for full details)

    Monday, Feb. 22
    9:00 a.m. -- Panel: Priorities for U.S. Middle East Policy
    10:00 a.m. -- A conversation with MK Yair Lapid
    10:30 a.m. -- A conversation with Gideon Sa'ar
    11:00 a.m. -- Panel: Water scarcity and policy in the Middle East and North Africa
    12:00 p.m. -- A conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad

    Wednesday, Feb. 24
    9:00 a.m. -- A conversation with H.E. Barham Salih
    10:15 a.m. -- A conversation with Rep. Gregory Meeks
    11:00 a.m. -- A conversation with H.E. Nasser Bourita
    12:00 p.m. -- Panel: European priorities in the Middle East

    Thursday, Feb. 25
    9:00 a.m. -- An address by His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein
    9:10 a.m. -- A conversation with H.E. Dina Kawar
    10:00 a.m. -- A conversation with Dr. Anwar Gargash
    10:45 a.m. -- A conversation with H.E. Sabri Boukadoum
    11:45 a.m. -- Panel: The Biden administration and Iran

    Friday, Feb. 26
    10:00 a.m. -- A conversation with former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
    11:00 a.m. -- Panel: Dealing with conflicts and their aftermath
    12:00 p.m. -- Conclusion and lessons learned: MENA and the new U.S. administration

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