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American University Experts Briefing: What Will Trump’s Presidency Bring to the Middle East?

WHAT: Experts from AU’s School of International Service will share their insights on Trump Administration policy in the Middle East.

WHO: American University experts
WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 10 a.m. (EST)
WHERE: Telephone briefing for reporters and editors. Dial-in Numbers: Toll Number (for any international calls): 1-517-308-9362; Toll-Free Number: 1-800-369-1785 (enter participant passcode: 8254978).

Background: Will Donald Trump succeed in bringing peace to the Middle East? Or will he merely be the latest U.S. President to fail at this ultimate challenge of foreign policy and global strategy? What is the future of the Iran nuclear deal and the battle against ISIS? How will the world view of Trump’s advisors influence U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians? During an hour-long telephone briefing, a team of distinguished experts from American University will touch upon these and many other topics related to American policy in the Middle East.

You will hear from:

James Goldgeier, dean of the School of International Service, served on the staff of the National Security Council and at the State Department during the Clinton administration. Prof. Goldgeier is the author of a Council on Foreign Relations Special Report on The Future of NATO and Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War. His areas of expertise include U.S. national security policy, U.S.-Europe-Russia relations, and NATO. Prof. Goldgeier will moderate the discussion.

Gordon Adams, professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is often sought by national and international media outlets to comment on U.S. national security policy.

Doga Eralp, professorial lecturer, is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution. His work focuses on international conflict, culture, human rights, collective memory, international development and democratization. The author of "Politics of the European Union in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Between Conflict and Democracy" and "Turkey as a Mediator: Stories of Success and Failure," Eralp has served as a consultant to numerous international organizations including the World Bank and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). 

Shadi Mokhtari, assistant professor, specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East, which was the co-winner of the 2010 American Political Science Association Human Rights Section Best Book Award. From 2003 to 2013, she served as the Editor in Chief of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.

Guy Ziv, assistant professor, is a specialist in U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, U.S.-Israel relations, Arab-Israeli peacemaking, and Israeli politics. He us the author of Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel.

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