November 8, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008 (Map)

The Middle East Institute's (MEI) 72nd Annual Conference convened innovative leaders, foreign policy practitioners, and analysts from the Middle East and the United States to explain the challenges and opportunities facing the region and assess current policies. The conference was comprised of four panels examining priorities for U.S. policy, pathways to ending civil wars, new regional power dynamics and prospects for economic growth and inclusion.

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Panels and Keynote

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  1. Keynote Address by Amb. David Hale

  2. U.S.-Middle East Policy: Between Politics, Human Rights, and National Security

  3. Pathways to Ending Civil Wars

  4. New Powers, New Roles

  5. Economic Innovation, Inclusion, and Resilience: A Key to Growth


Annual Awards Gala

MEI's signature event, held the evening before the Annual Conference, honored the region’s top visionaries, changemakers, cultural leaders, and philanthropists for their positive contributions to the political, economic, social and cultural landscape of the Middle East.

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