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Expert to Discuss Iran, Syria and the Challenges of Middle East Strategy at UW

February 5, 2014

Changes taking place across the Middle East and the challenges they pose for United States’ strategies will be the topic of a talk Monday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Berry Center auditorium.

Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and former associate director for Near Eastern affairs with the National Security Council, will be the speaker. He will discuss “Iran, Syria and the Challenges of Middle East Strategy.”

“The United States has turned from force to diplomacy in its dealings with Iran and Syria,” Fontaine says. “In so doing, it has refashioned its strategy in the Middle East and attempted to balance its interests in a region that is undergoing rapid transformation.”

Fontaine served as a senior adviser and senior fellow at the CNAS from 2009-12 and previously was foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain for more than five years. He also has worked at the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The UW Global and Area Studies Program, the Ruth P. Ellbogen Foundation and the International Studies Student Club sponsor Fontaine’s talk.

For more information about the presentation, contact the Global and Area Studies program at (307) 766-3423 or email

Richard Fontaine

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