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Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Religion and religious actors occupy a central role in the politics of Muslim majority countries of the Middle East. How these actors view the U.S. and its policies in the region is critical to American interests. At this event, panelists discussed the results of a new regionwide survey on key policy topics, including foreign intervention in the Middle East, regional violence and democratic forms of governance. Experts also examined how major religious actors such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the AKP and the Ennahdha Party view and engage with U.S. actions in the Middle East, and analyzed the implications for Trump administration policies.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast.






Sharan Grewal
Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University

Tarek Masoud, Ph.D.
Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations,  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Scott Williamson
Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University


Moderated by

A.Kadir Yildirim, Ph.D.
Fellow, Center for the Middle East, Baker Institute



Mon, May 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute
Houston, Texas 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility