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Rethinking a Middle East in Transition

Edited by Kenneth H. Williams



Rethinking a Middle East in Transition presents the opinions of an array of experts on the region, drawn from their presentations at the Middle East Institute’s 64th Annual Conference in November 2010, on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution. Participants came from across the spectrum—diplomats, policy specialists, academic scholars, military planners, and journalists.

Topics addressed include the Arab–Israeli peace process; Iran and its role in the region; the challenges of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the difficulties of confronting and negotiating with nonstate actors such as Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban; public opinion in the Arab world; Turkey’s growing influence; Israel’s perspectives on recent developments; conditions in Iraq as the United States withdraws its forces; and the Obama ad- ministration’s policies in response to all of these issues.



Kenneth H. Williams, Marine Corps University Press

Part I: America’s Middle East Policy in the Second Half of the Obama Term

1. Efforts in Israeli–Palestinian Mediation

David Makovsky, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

2. Iraq: The Jury is Still Out

Joost R. Hiltermann, International Crisis Group

3. Taking Stock of U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution

4. Connecting the Dots: A Comprehensive Strategy for a Broader Middle East

Edward P. Djerejian, Baker Institute, Rice University

5. Discussion of America’s Middle East Policy

Moderated by Barbara K. Bodine, Princeton University

Part II: New Approaches to Nonstate Armed Actors

6. Negotiating with Terrorists

Mitchell B. Reiss, Washington College

7. State versus Nonstate Interventions in Fragile States

David Kilcullen, Center for a New American Security

8. What Are Our Objectives with Nonstate Actors?

Robert Malley, International Crisis Group

9. De-radicalization and Disengagement Programs

Peter R. Neumann, King’s College London

10. Discussion of New Approaches to Nonstate Armed Actors

Moderated by Roger Hardy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Part III: Shifting Regional Dynamics: Turkey, Israel, Iran, and the Arab States

11. Turkey’s Middle East Policy

Ömer Taşpınar, Brookings Institution

12. The Rising Iran?

Alex Vatanka, Middle East Institute

13. Israel’s Perspective on the Broader Middle East

Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University

14. The Arab Dimension of the Regional System

Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland/Brookings Institution

15. Discussion of Shifting Regional Dynamics

Moderated by Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation

Part IV: Reevaluating U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

16. Afghanistan and Pakistan—Where are We?

Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress

17. Military Strategy in the South Asian Theater

Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations

18. Reevaluating U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Paul R. Pillar, Georgetown University

19. Pakistan-U.S. Relations

Hassan Abbas, Columbia University

20. Discussion of U.S. Policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Moderated by Caroline Wadhams, Center for American Progress

7 x 10 paperback
232 pages
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