Sixth Annual Conference: US Policy and Global Competition in the Middle East
Date(s) - 09/14/2021
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Arab Center Washington DC
About the Conference
As the United States exits Afghanistan and prepares to scale back its involvement in the Middle East, global powers such as Russia and China are working to increase their influence in the region. Such Great-Power competition is testing American influence and global engagement as a resurgent Russia and a rising China vie for power and influence through diplomatic, military, and economic means. They continue to exploit regional crises and opportunities to advance their objectives and strengthen their footholds across the Middle East and North Africa.
Arab Center Washington DC’s sixth annual conference, titled “US Policy and Global Competition in the Middle East,” will assess the US role and objectives in the region under the Biden Administration during the current dynamic shifts in power and alliances. Speakers will also probe the impact of these overarching transformations on issues of human rights and democracy, energy and geopolitical influence, arms sales and economic clout, and policies toward regional conflicts, with a special focus on Palestine/Israel and Iran.
10:00 AM – KEYNOTE ADDRESS
US Policy Objectives in the Middle East: Official American Perspective
10:35 AM – PANEL I
Empowering Authoritarianism: Impact of Global Competition on Democracy and Human Rights
12:05 PM – PANEL II
Energy Diplomacy and Geopolitical Influence in the Middle East