The U.S. and the Arab World: An Assessment of American Policy in the Middle East



The 2008 Palestine Center Annual Conference

“The U.S. and the Arab World:
An Assessment of American Policy in the Middle East”

Friday, 10 October 2008


Keynote Speaker

Participant: Mr. Chris Hedges


Closing Remarks

Participants: Mr. Anthony Shadid and Mr. Paul Findley


The Middle East is vital to global stability and crucial to U.S. interests. Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Syria have emerged as a centerpiece of American foreign policy, influencing how the United States is viewed in the region and around the world. Because of the gravity of conditions in the region, specifically in the mentioned countries and their vital importance, in similar ways or in their own unique way, the United States is facing one of its most difficult and significant international challenges in decades. With most events in the region having been set in motion by American decisions and actions, the United States has both a national and a moral interest to change course.

Panel I

Mr. Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City, a former Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and former Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges currently writes for numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Granta and Mother Jones.

Panel II – Closing Remarks

Mr. Anthony Shadid is based in the Middle East for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, Shadid worked as Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press based in Cairo and as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. In 2004, Shadid won the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his coverage of the Iraq war.

Mr. Paul Findley is a former United States Representative from Illinois. He is a cofounder of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington advocacy group. Mr. Findley has written many books including They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby and Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts about the U.S.-Israeli Relationship.