The breakdown of regional order in the Middle East was driven by domestic crises in the relationship between Arab citizens and their governments, but the resulting disorder has unleashed civil violence, sectarian and ethnic conflict, and fierce geopolitical competition. What is the relationship between the region’s power politics and the breakdown in the Arab social contract? What does the collapse of Arab governance tell us about the requisites for lasting stability in the Middle East? And what role can outside powers, especially the United States, play in helping the region move toward more sustainable governance?
On November 21, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will launch a report on this topic written by Tamara Cofman Wittes: “Real Security: The Interdependence of Governance and Stability in the Arab World.” The report is the outcome of the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Working Group on Governance, Politics, and State-Society Relations. The discussion with Wittes will be led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, who together serve as MEST co-chairs. They will be joined by Amr Hamzawy, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Launching a Working Group Report of the Middle East Strategy Task Force
When: Monday, November 21, 2016, 3:00 — 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Light refreshments will be provided.
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