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The U.S. and the Greater Middle East Election 2012: The National Security Agenda

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The U.S. and the Greater Middle EastElection 2012: The National Security AgendaOn Tuesday, July 17, the New America Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Center for a New American Security held an in-depth discussion of the opportunities and challenges posed to the United States by events in the Greater Middle East. Panelists discussed electoral transitions following the Arab Spring, the changing role of Turkey, and Iran's regional and international profile. Ambassador Dennis Ross provided introductory remarks.This event continues a unique collaboration among these institutions in the presidential campaign season, "Election 2012: The National Security Agenda." Past conversations covered the U.S. role in the world, policy in East Asia, and the national security budget.Featured SpeakerAmbassador Dennis RossCounselor, Washington Institute for Near East PolicyFormer Special Assistant to President ObamaFormer National Security Council senior director for the Central RegionFormer Special Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham ClintonPanelistsDr. Marc LynchNon-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for a New American SecurityDanielle PletkaVice President, Foreign and Defense Policy StudiesAmerican Enterprise InstituteDouglas OllivantFormer Director for Iraq on the National Security Council under Bush and Obama administrationsSenior National Security Studies Fellow, New America FoundationModeratorPeter BergenDirector, National Security Studies ProgramNew America FoundationAbout the Series:This fall's presidential election comes at a critical moment for the United States and the world. The demands for U.S. leadership are substantial--particularly in the dynamic Middle East and Asia-Pacific--yet fiscal challenges are forcing reductions in defense spending, sparking new thinking about American engagement with the world. In this important election season, many Americans will look to the next U.S. president to repair the economy, but he will nonetheless inherit complicated military and diplomatic engagements and govern as commander-in-chief of the globe's most powerful nation. As a result, the discussion of national security issues must take a central role in the 2012 presidential election.This event is the fourth in a series of campaign-season seminars on the critical issues of U.S. foreign and defense policy, sponsored by AEI, the Center for a New American Security and the New America Foundation.http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/the_us_and_the_greater_middle_east

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