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The US and the Middle East: What Next?

February 27, 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Steven Simon is Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College, following stints as John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of History at Amherst College and lecturer in government at Dartmouth College. He is also a research analyst for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies for the US and Middle East.  From 2011 to 2012 he served on the National Security Council staff as senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs. He also served on the NSC staff 1994 – 1999 as senior director for counterterrorism and Middle East security policy. These assignments followed a fifteen-year career at the U.S. Department of State.

Between government assignments, he was a principal at Good Harbor Consulting, LLC in Abu Dhabi; Goldman Sachs & Co. visiting professor at Princeton University; Hasib Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; analyst at the RAND Corporation; and deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He has held fellowships at Oxford University, Brown University and the American Academy in Berlin.

He is the co-author, among other books, of The Age of Sacred Terror, winner of the Arthur C. Ross Award for best book in international relations; The Next Attack, a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, and one of the “best books of the year” in the Washington Post and Financial TimesIraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime ChangeThe Sixth Crisis: The US, Israel, Iran and Rumors of WarThe Pragmatic Superpower: The United States and the Middle East in the Cold War; and Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance. He is now working on a new book, The Long Goodbye: The United States and the Middle East from the Islamic Revolution to the Arab Spring.

Read his article in the New York Review of Books.

Please join us for what will be an interesting and timely program. For lunch, you will have a choice of chicken pesto wrap, roast beef, or vegetarian with a vegan option, served with a soup and cookie. To order email Margy or call her at 377-2031. Lunch will be available at 11:30.

Remember, that you are still responsible for the cost of the meal if you have to cancel at the last minute. Changes can be made up the evening before. You are as always free to bring your own food or just enjoy the program without eating!


February 27
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Mid-Maine Global Forum
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