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    After the Arab Spring: The United States' Middle East Strategy & What’s Next?

    The Arab Spring shook the United States' foreign policy in the Middle East to its core. Learn what's next for the country’s role in the region from four reporters who have covered it extensively.

    Ayman Mohyeldin
    Foreign Correspondent, NBC News; Anchor, MSNBC
    Leila Fadel
    International Correspondent, NPR; Edward R. Murrow Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
    Rachel Bronson
    Executive Director & Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    Deborah Amos
    International Correspondent, NPR

    In October 2016, the Iraqi-led Battle of Mosul began, which freed the city from the control of the Islamic State—the group’s last major stronghold. During his eight-year term, President Obama’s foreign policy strategy largely focused on long-term threats. And, when it comes to the Middle East, aside from the U.S.-led air war against ISIS, the administration has significantly pulled back in the region. But has an obsession of avoiding past mistakes like Iraq or Vietnam backfired? What’s next for Syria, Egypt, Libya and other countries struggling in the fallout from the Arab Spring, and what role should the next presidential administration have in the region moving forward?

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