U.S Foreign Policy in the Middle East

The Washington Center Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series, Fall 2015

The Washington Center capped off the Fall 2015 Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series with policy analysts Steve Clemons of The Washington Note, Steven Bucci of The Heritage Foundation and CSPAN Political Editor Steve Scully.

The Washington Center capped off the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series with policy analysts Steve Clemons of The Washington Note, Steven Bucci of The Heritage Foundation and CSPAN Political Editor Steve Scully on Friday, Nov. 20. The final SMLS of the semester appropriately focused on the hot button issue of foreign policy in the Middle East.

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the panel discussed America’s role in deterring global terror networks that took hold in failed states in the Middle East and North Africa.

Several students rushed to the microphones to ask the tough questions for the two moderators. Here are some of the highlights:

Henry Krause (Institution: Emerson College, MA; Internship: Edelman Berland) Is there a Presidential candidate that you think is clearly the best person to lead on foreign policy?

Clemons: I can point to some characteristics that I think would be best for the challenges we face. Right now candidates are sharing populist strategies to placate their political base, but the worst thing they can do is bring an ideological frame to non-ideological challenges.

Ashley Angeline (Institution: University of Cincinnati; Internship: Do Good LLC) Is there something else the U.S could have done during the Benghazi crisis to prevent a failed state from occurring in Libya?

Bucci: Like many of the operations we’ve conducted in the region, following through on every single objective has been difficult. And that’s the tough thing about all of these operations – not every mission is going to be success, but you have to focus on the long term objectives.

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