Africa and the Middle East

The Mideast in Crisis, Again

July 26, 2014

The promise of the Arab Spring has given way to despair as the region reverts to autocracy. The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have collapsed. Syria is in turmoil and fast becoming the next Ground Zero for attacks on the U.S. homeland. Our long investment of blood and treasure in Iraq seems for naught, as the nation erupts in flames. The prospect of a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis with Iran now seems remote. Various experts weigh in with their views as to what, if anything, can be done to resolve the many conflicts roiling the region.


  • Amb. Mohamed Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt to the U.S.
  • Amb. Robert Ford, Former Ambassador of the U.S. to Syria; Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
  • Amb. Dennis Ross, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Council; William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

MODERATOR: Elise Labott, Global Affairs Correspondent, CNN