Dynamics of Change in a Turbulent Middle East: Challenges for US Policy

Dr. Salem will explore the drivers and dynamics of change in the contemporary Middle East and examine the impact of global and regional geopolitics, the Arab uprisings, and the effects of civil war, armed extremist groups, and continued geopolitical rivalries. In addition, he will analyze the impact of underlying stressors, such as high demographic growth, low employment, and the effects of climate change. Finally, he will assess current US interests in the region and the approaches open to policy makers in addressing the risks and opportunities that present themselves in the Middle East.