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The Middle East

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Middle East volatility continues to roil U.S. foreign policy. Consider, for example, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syrian civil war and ISIS. New dynamics are influencing American engagement in the region. But is the United States reacting to or actually shaping events? Examine the security, economic and political issues that define U.S. policy in the region.

“The course provided me with a comprehensive overview of historical perspectives, current circumstances and key players. I’ll use what I learned to frame future deep dives into the Middle East, relative to U.S. policy and congressional action.” – Class participant

OPM Competency: External Awareness

MSL Credit Hours: 1

Brookings scholars, policymakers, foreign diplomats, and corporate professionals are the types of speakers who will share their insights within this course.

Program Benefits:

  • Recognize the political, social, religious and economic complexities of the Middle East
  • Interpret the direction of Middle East policy under the current administration

Who should attend

  • Intelligence and military communities
  • Business managers and executives
  • Nonprofit, advocacy, humanitarian and development organizations
  • Political officers at embassies and consulates
  • Federal agency employees who have an interest in the region and/or how it relates to US policy
  • Government officials wanting to learn how global issues affect domestic policies and those at their agencies

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