Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

A Bipartisan Conversation on the Changing Middle East

Thursday, April 5, 2018

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Barus & Holley 190

Join Brown Students for Israel and American Enterprise Institute in welcoming Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress and Michael Rubin of American Enterprise Institute in a bipartisan discussion of the implications of the changing Middle East on U.S. foreign policy.

Brian Katulis is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security strategy and counterterrorism policy. For more than a decade, he has advised senior U.S. policymakers on foreign policy and has provided expert testimony several times to key congressional committees, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes, examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.

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