Defense and Security Program Event

About the Program

The Defense and Security program focuses on four lines of effort:

  1. New U.S. security cooperation and defense institution building in the Middle East

  2. The future of the Abraham Accords and Arab-Israeli security relations

  3. The role of technology and innovation in CENTCOM’s strategy for renewed partnerships in the region

  4. U.S. strategies for strategic competition with China and Russia in the Middle East

Advisory Council

Saeid A. Alzahrani

Col (ret.) Liam Collins

Dongyoun "Dana" Cho

Kevin Donegan

Ayham Kamel

Niamh McBurney

Mike Nagata

Magnus Schöldtz

Karin Von Hippel

Gen. (ret.) Joseph Votel


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Defense and Security Program Experts
Defense Leadership Series

Hosted by MEI's Defense and Security Program, the Defense Leadership Series is a speakers' forum for high-level military and defense leaders from both the United States and the Middle East to discuss the most important policy issues facing the two sides.

The Series formalizes the Defense and Security Program’s long-term commitment to engaging with the national security communities in Washington and the region. It will host one-on-one conversations with senior personnel from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), and all four U.S. military services, as well as with senior officials and officers serving in the armed forces and ministries of defense of the region. The Series was inaugurated in June 2020 with a conversation with U.S. Marine Corps General and Commander of CENTCOM Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.