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The International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies invites you to a Lecture by Prof. Brian M. Katulis, Senior Fellow, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.
U.S. Middle East Policy
Prof. Brian M. Katulis
Senior Fellow-National Security, Center for American Progress
Monday, July 27, 2015 | 3.30 PM
Lecture Hall, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bangalore – 560012
President Obama’s Middle East policy record in his first six years in office was mixed and lacked significant signature achievements – but the July 2015 Iran nuclear agreement represents a major accomplishment. Overall, Obama’s approach was cautious, as the United States reacted to fast-moving events. The overall U.S. strategy focused on degrading terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) to prevent a major attack on the United States and avoiding making the strategic blunders that his predecessor made. Attempts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace fell short twice and efforts to broker a peaceful settlement to Syria’s vicious civil war have not succeeded. America’s response to the ongoing political shifts of the Arab uprisings has been uneven.
About the Speaker
Brian M. Katulis is Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington DC. He has been Research Analyst at the U.S Department of State and Graduate Fellow, Near East and South Asian Affaris at the National Security Council. He comments frequently on policy issues in The New York Times and The Washington Post and media outlets including PBS Newshour and National Public Radio. A Fulbright Scholar, Prof. Katulis holds an MPA from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He speaks and reads Arabic fluently.