Northwestern University

Thu 6:00 PM

Navigating a Changing Middle East: A Conversation with Ambassador Dan Shapiro

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Where: McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Ariel Schwartz   847.491.4481

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Dan Shapiro, Buffett Institute Distinguished Visitor and former ambassador to Israel, will sit down with MENA Director Brian Edwards to discuss the complexities of the Middle East's political landscape. They'll consider regional highlights and lowlights of the Obama and Trump administrations, and how the US and its allies' interests overlap and diverge on issues like instability in the Arab world, the war in Syria, Iran's regional ambitions, the stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and warming relations between Israel and moderate Sunni Arab states.

Daniel Shapiro was the US ambassador to Israel from July 2011 to January 2017. Before that, he was the senior director for the Middle East and North Africa on the US National Security Council, where he served as President Obama’s senior adviser on US policy on Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Palestine.

Shapiro advised the president through US responses to the Arab uprisings of 2011, including assembling the first post-revolution assistance package to Tunisia. He conducted missions to Syria in 2009 and 2010 to attempt to advance the president’s re-engagement plan.

About the Distinguished Visitors Program
From senior government leaders to heads of nonprofits and international institutions, Distinguished Visitors bring their global experiences and insights to the Northwestern community, enriching learning and enhancing research across campus.

The Distinguished Visitors Program establishes new partnerships between Northwestern and international organizations, strengthens existing partnerships, and provides Northwestern students and faculty opportunities to interact with, and learn from, prominent global leaders.

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