U.S. Alliances in the Middle East: Security Enhancing or Entangling?

The Middle East is experiencing catastrophic unrest. The region faces numerous instabilities, ranging from plummeting oil prices to the unending Syrian civil war. Russian intervention has further complicated growing tensions between regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran, and deteriorating circumstances increase the risk of additional entanglements for America’s military. To clarify these tenuous circumstances, please join former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Charles W. Freeman Jr. and Cato Institute foreign policy fellow Emma Ashford for an insightful discussion moderated by William Ruger, vice president for research at the Charles Koch Institute.

The Charles Koch Institute is committed to fostering honest and open discussion about our nation’s policies, including as they relate to foreign affairs and national security. We are pleased to convene such an exchange in Washington, DC, on April 12 during this vital season in our national conversation.


William Rugervice president for research, Charles Koch Institute and Foundation


Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr.senior fellow, Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs; U.S. Amb. to Saudi Arabia, 1989-92

Emma Ashfordresearch fellow, The Cato Institute

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