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President Trump and the Middle East: Strategy and Policy after 100 Days

Keane and Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.)

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May 9, 2017

Watch an in-depth conversation with two intimate observers of the Trump administration on new directions in American Middle East policy.

To assess the new U.S. administration's approach to Middle East policy at the conclusion of its first 100 days in office - and on the eve of a presidential trip to the region - The Washington Institute hosted a keynote conversation at its 2017 Soref Symposium on Middle East policy between Gen. John M. "Jack" Keane, USA (ret.), Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.), and Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff.

The Soref Symposium is an annual conference of Institute experts, supporters, and policymakers to explore U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Gen. John M. "Jack" Keane, USA (ret.), is a retired general and former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army.
Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (ret.), is a retired U.S. Navy admiral who served as NATO's supreme allied commander.
Robert Satloff is executive director of The Washington Institute and Howard P. Berkowitz chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.


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Asli Aydintasbas (TURKEY), columnist, Cumhuriyet
Lamees al-Hadidi (EGYPT), news anchor, CBC
Nasser Judeh (JORDAN), former foreign minister
Bassma al-Kodmani (SYRIA), exec. director, Arab Reform Initiative
Tzipi Livni (ISRAEL), former foreign and justice minister
Abdul Rahman al-Rashed (DUBAI), former editor-in-chief, al-Sharq al-Awsat
Barham Salih (IRAQ), former prime minister, Kurdish Regional Government
Moshe Yaalon (ISRAEL), former defense minister