In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today. Lead by volunteer moderators, participants will engage in moderated discussions with their fellow citizens. This year’s topics will include Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East: Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S.-China Trade, Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy.
This week’s topic is The Middle East: Regional Disorder. As the presidency of Donald J. Trump passes the halfway point, the Middle East remains a region in turmoil. The Trump administration has aligned itself with strongmen in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which along with Israel have a common goal of frustrating Iranian expansion. What will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran?
Fee: $225, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available. Books will be available for shipment or pickup the first week of January.
All sessions will be held at the Aspen Meadows Campus, 1000 N Third St, Aspen, CO 81611, unless noted otherwise.
This series is now full. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Jillian.Scott@aspeninst.org.