Stephen F. Austin State University

Middle East Conference

The U.S. and Middle East: The Future Relationship

A PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE
October 18-19, 2012
Houston, Texas USA

An esteemed group of policy makers and specialists who have their fingers on the pulse of US-Middle East economic, political, and security relations explored the future of the relationship with the U.S. in light of a vastly revised international landscape. A luncheon roundtable discussion took place involving the Consuls General of Israel and Egypt. Please click on the video links for specific information on each session.


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The New Agenda in the Middle East

Moderator: Richard Sindelar, professor, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

Panelists:

Chase Untermeyer, international business consultant and former U.S. ambassador to Qatar

Ben-Dror Yemini, opinion page editor, Maariv

Alaa Issa, Consul General of Egypt

The New Agenda in the Middle East video

The Political Context: Governance, Regional Cooperation and Demographics

Moderator: Ursula Muenzel, internatinal consultant and adjunct professor of International Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

Panelists:

Alan G. Misenheimer, director, Office of Near East and South Asia Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. State Department

Nader Hashemi, director, Center for Middle East Studies and assistant professor, University of Denver

Thomas W. Lippman, scholar, Middle East Institute

The Political Context: Governance, Regional Cooperation and Demographics video

The Security Context: National Defense, Regional Threats and Social Well-Being

Moderator: Michael Tkacik, professor and director of the School of Honors, Stephen F. Austin, State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Panelists:

Roby Barrett, president, Stratplan International and senior fellow, Strategic Studies Department, Joint Special Operations Univesity

Marvin Weinbaum, scholar-in-residence, Middle East Institute

Michael Ryan, senior fellow, The Jamestown Foundation

The Security Context: National Defense, Regional Threats and Social Well-Being video

Lunch Roundtable: Consul General Discussion

Alaa Issa, Consul General of Egypt

Meir Schlomo, Consul General of Israel to the Southwest

Lunch Roundtable: Consul General Discussion video

The Economic Context: Resources, Globalization and Prosperity

Moderator: Brian Murphy, dean, College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Panelists:

Hisham Foad, director, Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies, San Diego State University

Augustus Richard Norton, director, Institute for Iraqi Studies, Boston University

Riza Demirer, associate professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois

The Economic Context: Resources, Globalization and Prosperity video

Moderators' Forum: Policy Recommendations

Moderator: Steven Galatas, associate professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Moderators' Forum: Policy Recommendations video