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DNC: Can the Next President Make the Middle East Irrelevant?

Panelists will discuss the challenges the next president will face in building a new equilibrium in the Middle East.

The dialogue will be moderated by Steve Clemons and will be advanced by five short provocations delivered by foreign policy experts.

Light breakfast fare and coffee will be served beforehand.


Colorado History Museum Auditorium
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO, 80203
See map: Google Maps


Keynote Addresses


  • Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (audio)
    Chairman, Subcommittee on Near East Affairs, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. Senate
    Former Democratic Candidate for President of the United States
  • Joschka Fischer (audio)
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
  • The Hon. Greg Craig (audio)
    Senior National Security Advisor to Senator Barack Obama
    Former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
  • The Hon. Mel Levine
    Former U.S. Representative (D-CA)
    Middle East Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Barack Obama
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter (audio)
    Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Walter Isaacson
    President, Aspen Institute
    Former Chairman & CEO, CNN
    Former Editor, Time Magazine


  • Steve Coll
    Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
    Former Managing Editor, Washington Post
    Author, The Bin Ladens
    President and CEO, New America Foundation
  • Daniel Levy
    Former Israel Negotiator, Taba and Oslo Accords
    Principal Drafter/Israel, Geneva Accord
    Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Initiative, New America Foundation
    Senior Fellow and Director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative, The Century Foundation.
  • The Hon. Rob Malley
    Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group
    Former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs
  • James Zogby
    President, Arab American Institute
  • Steve Clemons
    Director of the American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
    Publisher, The Washington Note

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 10:00am - 12:30pm