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Security Assistance in the Middle East: A Conversation

April 19, 2023 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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What do the United States and Europe have to show for the resources they have spent on security assistance in the Arab countries? Should they have been able to accomplish more? Two editors of a recent volume assess the costs and benefits to the main providers and recipients of security assistance in the MENA region and explore alternative strategies to improve outcomes for both.  

Please join the CSIS Middle East Program for a conversation with Dr. Robert Springborg and Dr. Hicham Alaoui about their new book Security Assistance in the Middle East: Challenges … and the Need for Change. Dr. Lindsey Benstead and Alex Walsh will join to discuss their respective chapters, "Security Assistance and Public Support for Arab Militaries and EU" and "Member States’ Security Assistance: Complementary or Contradictory?"  

This event was made possible through general support to CSIS.

Contact Information

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

Hicham Alaoui

Founder and Director of the Hicham Alaoui Foundation
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Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg

Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs, Rome, and Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
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Lindsay J. Benstead

Lindsay J. Benstead

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at Portland State University
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Alex Walsh

Alex Walsh

Programme Manager for Security Sector Reform at the Geneva Centre for Security Governance (DCAF)