What is the West's Strategy for the Middle-East?

20 Oct 2014 18:00
20 Oct 2014 20:00

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses significant security risks to Europe and the United States, and the recent conflict in Gaza adds to the regional instability. What type of Middle East does the West want? Beyond the threat of terrorism by return fighters from Syria and Iraq, what are the key strategic questions at stake in the region for the West? What are the costs for the West related to building stronger relationships with Turkey, Egypt and Iran?

with Prof. Judith S. Yaphe, The George Washington University

Professor Judith S. Yaphe is an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School and Senior Research Fellow and Middle East Project Director in the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Before joining INSS in 1995, Dr. Yaphe served for 20 years as a senior analyst on Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA. She specializes in Iraq, Iran, Arabian/Persian Gulf security issues, and Political Islam/Islamic extremism. She is the recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Commendation and other awards. She briefs senior U.S. and foreign officials and has testified before Congressional committees on Iraq and regional strategic issues. Professor Yaphe is the author of many books and articles on the Middle East.

This was the third lecture of the Autumn Lecture Series 2014 entitled "The Future of European Geostrategy", which was jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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