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Implications for US Middle East Policy on C-SPAN
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|"A Clean Break, A New Strategy
for Securing the Realm" is an ambitious 1996 Middle East policy paper. A Clean Break
recommended toppling the government of Iraq, "rolling back" Syria and Iran, and
"electrifying" support for Israel in the US Congress in exchange for new missile
defense contract opportunities. Three of the eight authors have since become prominent
policymakers in the U.S. government. The study leader, Richard Perle, is the former chair
and a current member of the Defense Policy Board of the Pentagon. Douglas Feith is
Undersecretary of Defense and David Wurmser is Vice President Richard Cheney's recently
hired Middle East advisor.
But what is "A Clean Break?" What are the plan's core assumptions? How
has it affected US regional policy? What insights does it reveal about US policy
initiatives in the Middle East? How do Arab countries perceive current US regional policy?
Are Clean Break assumptions and strategies beneficial to US interests? What are the
potential costs? The IRmep Capitol Hill Forum took place on Wednesday, November 26th 2003
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Congressional House
Office Building. Our distinguished and diverse panel of experts and IRmep analysts
reviewed the implications of A Clean Break and took questions from the public. Panel
members included Adam Shapiro of the International Solidarity Movement, former
congressional candidate and Million Man March
leader Dr. E. Faye Williams, Imad Moustapha, Charge d'Affaires of the Syrian Embassy;
Khaled Dawoud, D.C. bureau chief of Al-Ahram; and Adib Farha, adviser of the Lebanese
Minister of Finance and professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
Full C-Span Event (2 Hours)