Is the United States any closer to determining an exit strategy or a road map for its future policy in the Middle East? A panel of experts discuss issues facing the U.S. government, including diplomatic efforts in the region. Speakers also explore ways for the U.S. and its citizens to heal and move forward.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale
Dr. Jeffrey M. Bale is a Senior Research Associate in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program (WMDTRP) at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
He obtained his B.A. in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history at the University of Michigan, his M.A. in social movements and political sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in contemporary European history at Berkeley. He has taught at Berkeley, Columbia University, and the University of California at Irvine, and was the recipient of postdoctoral fellowships from the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia, the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, and the Center for German and European Studies at Berkeley.
Dr. Bale has been studying extremist and terrorist groups for many years, and has published numerous articles on terrorism, right-wing extremism, Islamism, and covert operations. He is in the process of updating a large book manuscript on neo-fascist terrorist networks in Cold War Europe, co-editing a volume on "New Religious Movements and Extremist Politics," and gathering primary and secondary source materials for two new monographs, one on Islamist terrorist networks operating in Europe and North America and their possible WMD use, and the other on the growing links between dissident left- and right-wing radicals in the West and Islamist terrorists.
His responsibilities at CNS include preparing terrorist group profiles and other in-depth research reports on various aspects of terrorist ideologies, motivations, and operational techniques.
Dr. Maziar Behrooz
Maziar Behrooz is an assistant professor of Middle East history at San Francisco State University.
Former Counselor and Senior Assistant for
Counterprolifertion Policy, Defense Department
Neil MacFarquhar's exposure to the Middle East started early, even before he entered first grade in Marsa Brega, Libya and continued through Stanford University, where his senior thesis focused on the Arab oil embargo as an economic weapon. He has worked as a correspondent in the Arab world for more than twelve years, including the last five as the Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times. Fluent in Arabic and French, his next assignment for the Times will be Paris.
Dr. James H. Noyes
Research Fellow, Persian Gulf Security, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
James H. Noyes is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, specializing in Middle East Affairs. He is currently researching the influence of the Iraq war on evolving Middle East political conflicts.