A Roundtable on
“Shifts in the US Strategic Assessment of the Middle East:
Security Implications for the Gulf Region”
Monday, May 16, 2016
Mezzoon Ballroom, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
The latest views and stands expressed by US President Barack Obama towards the Middle East have created a controversy both in the US and in our region. These views hint to a shift in the American perspective of its goals, interests and engagement in the region. This shift also forces regional countries to reassess the American role in the region and the nature and level of relations with Washington.
This is a pivotal moment in the history of the American relations with regional countries; therefore, it is crucial to approach shifts in the US strategy and explore its future trajectories, especially at a time when the current US Administration prepares to leave and a new one is about to be sworn in next January.
This roundtable aims to examine the new shifts in the American strategy towards the Middle East, impact of these shifts on regional security and stability, and the future of the US-GCC relations. This roundtable is based on the need of regional countries to draft their own view for relations with the US in line with their goals and interests without settling for reacting only to the views of the other side.
The roundtable deals with four main themes:
The roundtable will try to answer the following crucial questions: