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Federated Defense in the Middle East

September 29, 2014 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

Please join us for a half-day conference on September 29, 2014 to mark the launch of CSIS's Federated Defense in the Middle East project. This expansion of the Federated Defense Project's lens of analysis to the Middle East will seek to find avenues for enhanced burden sharing and defense cooperation with allies in the region.

With a panel discussion on:
The Evolution of the Middle East Security Environment

Dr. Nora Bensahel
Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Responsible Defense Program, Center for a New American Security

Dr. Frederic Wehrey
Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Andrew Parasiliti
Director, Center for Global Risk & Security, RAND Corporation

Moderated by:
Dr. Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brezezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program, CSIS

Followed by a second panel on:
The Potential for a Regional Federated Approach

Tom Vecchiolla
President, Raytheon International

Dr. Matthew Spence
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy

Christian Brose
National Security Advisor to Senator John McCain

Moderated by:
Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks
Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Concluding with a keynote speech by:
Dr. Philip Gordon
Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region       

Monday, September 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Conference Center
CSIS 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

The CSIS Federated Defense Project draws on the full breadth of CSIS’s unparalleled security expertise, including: U.S. and regional defense concepts, capabilities, posture, and relationships; regional security dynamics; U.S. and global trade and economic policy; and the global defense industry.  This multi-year effort is examining U.S. and common security goals and the global and regional security architectures and defense capabilities that best support them.  The Project is also assessing the U.S. foreign military sales system, exportability considerations in the defense acquisition process, export control issues, and other authorities considerations.


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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program

Kathleen H. Hicks