In 2011, popular protests across the Middle East and North Africa set into motion a series of events across the region that led to historic leadership transitions in key countries, including Tunisia and Egypt. The United States worked to shift its policy approach in response to fast-moving events on the ground, and it took steps on the diplomatic and economic assistance fronts to offer support to countries in transition.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion with three distinguished diplomats who served in key roles during this period of change in the Middle East. The discussion will reflect on the lessons learned from that period, with the aim of offering suggestions for U.S. policy in the Middle East in the coming years.
Gordon Gray, U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, 2009–2012; Chief Operating Officer, Center for American Progress
Anne Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, 2011–2013
William B. Taylor, Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions, U.S. Department of State, 2011–2013
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.