War And Peace In The Middle East: Challenges And Options For The Next President Nov. 2

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof
CIR News:
Speaker Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council will present: “War and Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Options for the Next President,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in Tipton Hall, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr.
The cost is $15 for CIR members and $20 for non-members and guests. Qualified students with appropriate I.D. are welcome to attend this event for free.
As part of their World Affairs Discussions series, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations is pleased to present a talk by Ambassador Frederic Hof, Director of Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at Atlantic Council, entitled War and Peace in the Middle East: Challenges and Options for the Next President on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m., at Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive.
The next President of the United States will inevitably spend quality time dealing with a growing international crisis rooted in the Middle East. Chronic political illegitimacy – the absence of internal consensus on the rules of the political game – in Syria and Iraq is at the core of the crisis. 
In both places political illegitimacy verging on state failure has enabled ISIS (Daesh, ISIL, Islamic State) to take root and to offer a horrific alternative with dire international security implications. The situation in Syria has even produced a humanitarian catastrophe and a migrant crisis that has rocked European politics and contributed to the Brexit phenomenon. 
In the broader Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region, however, the legitimacy challenge is not limited to only Iraq and Syria; indeed, it is not limited to other countries (Libya, Yemen) experiencing violent breakdowns. How might the new President work with allies and MENA partners to mitigate this crisis and contribute to the growth of effective, legitimate governance in the states of the region? Is disengagement from the region and its problems a practical option? Why – if at all – should Americans care about this troubled part of the world and its problems?
From 2009 to 2012, Ambassador Frederic C. Hof  took the lead in an effort to mediate Syrian-Israeli peace and was given the rank of ambassador in his capacity as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Transition in Syria.
Cost of the lectures, is $20 each for non-members and $15 each for CIR members. There is no charge for qualified students. For more information on registering for the lectures, go to the Council’s website at www.sfcir.org or telephone the office at 982-4931, ext. 102.

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