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The Eastern Mediterranean produces headlines and crises, from civil wars in Libya and Syria to repression in Egypt, from Turkey’s confrontation with its neighbors to the Israel-Palestine dispute. The United States has been the leading outside power in the region since WWII, but that role is increasingly contested by Russia and, to a degree, China. Should Washington consider this a challenge, or instead as an opportunity to partially disengage and focus on other strategic priorities?
About our speaker:
John Koenig is a long-time American diplomat who served almost 25 years in Europe and the Mediterranean, including as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus from 2012-2015. He was born and raised in Tacoma and is currently teaching classes on US Foreign Policy for the University of Washington.
Read “Foreign Policy for the Middle Class” Begins with Restraint by John Koenig here.
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