Brookings Doha to Discuss Impact of US Polls on MENA

Doha, October 14 (QNA) – Brookings Doha Center will Wednesday evening discuss key issues and assess the implications of the upcoming United States presidential elections on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the Center said.
 The panelists for the policy discussion are Danielle Pletka, Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Tamara Cofman Wittes Director, Saban Centre for Middle East Policy at Brooking and Shadi Hamid, Director of Research, Brookings Doha Centre.
 Brookings Doha Center Director Salman Shaikh will moderate the discussion starting at 5pm at the Center in West Bay, Doha. The panelists will answer questions from the audience. The event requires pre-registration, the Center said.
 The discussion is significant for the MENA region which is closely following the debates between US President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney as race for the White House warms up ahead of the presidential elections on November 6.
 The outcome of the 57th US elections will have significant impact not just for US domestic issues like the economy, health and employment, but also for US foreign policy across the MENA, the Centre said.
 The recent attacks on US diplomatic outposts in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Arab world have renewed debate about national security issues and US policy in the Middle East as the Arab Awakening continues to unfold.
 The need to adapt to growing anti-American sentiment and political and economic instability in the region has brought foreign policy issues to the forefront of the presidential campaign.
 How do the presidential candidates differ in their foreign policy strategies towards the MENA region and what are the repercussions of those agendas for the region? To what extent could the turmoil in the MENA region affect the course of the US elections? Amidst the changes sweeping through the Arab world, how does the region view the US elections and what are their expectations?
 The Brookings Doha Center will Wednesday evening discuss these and other key issues to help shed light on these important questions and assess the implications for the MENA region. (QNA)

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