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After the Election: Implications for U.S. Middle East Policy

Dennis Ross, James F. Jeffrey, and Robert Satloff

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November 8, 2012


How will those in the region -- allies, adversaries, and everyone in between -- react to the election results? Watch online as veteran policy practitioners and scholars explore the priorities and challenges of the second Obama administration.

Conventional wisdom has it that the presidential election -- especially in the event of President Obama's reelection -- would bring more continuity than change to U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. Such predictions are uncertain, however, and raise several questions. How will a second Obama administration's Middle East agenda differ from the first term? And how will those in the region -- allies, adversaries, and everyone in between -- react to the election results?

To discuss these issues, The Washington Institute convened a Policy Forum luncheon with Dennis Ross, James Jeffrey, and Robert Satloff on November 8, 2012.

Read an edited version of Dr. Satloff's remarks.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor to The Washington Institute and served most recently as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for the Central Region on the National Security Council.

Ambassador James Jeffrey is a visiting fellow at the Institute. Previously, he served as deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration and as a U.S. envoy in Iraq and Turkey.

Robert Satloff is executive director of the Institute.