January 30, 2011, 3:30pm
Middle East Challenges for Obama
Presenter: Professor William Quandt, Former National Security Council Member (University of Virginia)
Location: Huntsman Hall, Room G55, Locust Walk bet. 37th and 38th

Obama is likely to face a very challenging set of issues this year: managing the withdrawal from Iraq, the likely demise of the Arab-Israeli peace effort, pressures for political change in a number of
Arab countries, crisis in Lebanon, Iran's drive for nuclear power. This year is crucial for foreign policy, because by next year he will be deeply engaged in the reelection campaign.

Dr. Quandt previously served as senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and as a member on the National Security Council in the Nixon and Carter administrations. He was actively involved in the negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. His areas of expertise include Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, the Peace Process, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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