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April 29, 2021
10:00 am - 1:30 pm


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At the end of Joe Biden’s first 100 days as President of the United States, The Middle East Institute is pleased to host a special event to assess progress on key priorities and set new policy goals in response to newly emerged challenges.

With political turmoil in Jordan, upcoming Palestinian elections, and an opportunity to rebalance engagement with Iran and Gulf partners, many questions remain as to the key priorities for the Biden administration’s agenda. Last month, MEI released The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Policy Recommendations for a Sustainable Way Forward on key geopolitical and strategic areas in the MENA region. This event, which will be opened with a keynote conversation with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood, will convene key authors of the briefing book in a series of panels to reflect on the recommendations and explore opportunities to change course.


10:00-11:00am | Keynote Conversation


Joey Hood 
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Elise Labott, moderator 
Columnist, Foreign Policy

11:15-12:15 | Panel 1: Human Rights, Counter Terrorism, Defense, and Cyber Security 


Charles Dunne
Non-resident scholar, MEI

Charles Lister 
Senior fellow and director, Countering Extremism and Syria programs, MEI

Chris Kubecka
CEO, Hypasec

Gen. (ret.) Michael K. Nagata 
Distinguished senior fellow, MEI

Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein, moderator 
Senior vice president, MEI

12:30-1:30 | Panel 2: Iran, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, and Turkey


Khaled Elgindy
Senior fellow and director, program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli affairs, MEI

Mirette F. Mabrouk
Senior fellow and director, Egypt program, MEI

Alex Vatanka
Senior fellow and director, Iran program, MEI

Nilsu Goren, moderator
Non-resident scholar, MEI

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