VENUE:Reserve Officers Association

Contemporary Challenges Facing North Africa

| Middle East Program

About the Event


Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Reserve Officers Association

1:45 p.m. Registration and Refreshments;
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program


North Africa, a region that has been recently thrust back into the spotlight, is facing profound political, economic, social, and security challenges. The recent toppling of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, the ongoing violence in Libya, and the spreading protests throughout the Middle East, pose a direct threat to regime stability, calling into question the legitimacy of some while strengthening the legitimacy of others. Struggling with rising poverty, health care deficiencies, and unemployment, North Africa is in great need of human resource development and a stronger private sector. Finally, the rise of political Islam and more importantly the proliferation of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) feature among the primary concerns of the region and bear serious implications for Africa, the greater Middle East, and beyond. This conference will bring together recognized academic and analytical expertise in order to examine these challenges and their implications for U.S. foreign policy.


Reserve Officers Association

One Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington. DC. US. 20002


Reservations are required. RSVP:

For more information contact 215 732 3774, ext 303 or


Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman - Bruce Maddy-Weitzman was a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He is the Marcia Israel Principal Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Audra K. Grant

Audra K. Grant

Peter J. Schraeder

Peter J. Schraeder

William Lawrence

William Lawrence

Tally Helfont

Tally Helfont - Tally Helfont was the Director of FPRI's Program on the Middle East (2011-2018). ; Moderator