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Press Briefing Call: President Obama’s Speech on Middle East, U.S. Policy in the Region
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Press Briefing Call: President Obama’s Speech on Middle East, U.S. Policy in the Region

Press Contacts

  • Christina DiPasquale

Listen to today’s press call here.

Washington, D.C. — The next few weeks are shaping up to be a pivotal period that could end up defining the Obama administration’s approach on the Middle East. There is a complex mix of issues crowding America’s Middle East agenda including the popular uprisings and incomplete revolutions in several countries, Iran’s nuclear program and the regional role Iran seeks to play, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the continued Iraq redeployment and future of U.S.-Iraq relations, and ongoing threats from terrorist networks even after bin Laden’s death—all at a time when high oil prices threaten a fragile economic recovery at home.

The Center for American Progress will hold a press briefing call to discuss President Obama’s speech on the Middle East, U.S. policy in the region, his recent meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah, and his upcoming meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, within the context of the deadly clashes this past weekend along Israel’s borders and continued violence in Syria, Yemen, and Libya, among other places, during this period labeled the “Arab Spring.”

Please join CAP’s Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow; Matthew Duss, Policy Analyst, Director of Middle East Progress; and Sabina Dewan, Director of Globalization and International Employment, to discuss the president’s speech and how recent events may impact U.S. policy in the region.

What:

Press call to discuss President Obama’s speech on the Middle East and U.S. policy in the region

Who:

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow

Matthew Duss, Policy Analyst, Director of Middle East Progress (on the ground in Tel Aviv)

Sabina Dewan, Director of Globalization and International Employment

When:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 1:00 p.m. EST

Call info: 877.210.8943

Conference ID: 68916141

RSVP:

Please contact Christina DiPasquale at cdipasquale@americanprogress.org or 202.481.8181

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**Please note that this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to be recorded.**

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