PAST EVENT

The Arab Spring, Syria, and the United States


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:00pm
Speaker: Allen Keiswetter
Scholar at the Middle East Institute, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs at NATO in Brussels

Description:

Allen Keiswetter, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, is a Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Senior Consultant at C&O Resources and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. He has taught courses on Islam and on the Middle East at the National War College and the National Defense Intelligence College. He served as the Senior Advisor on the Middle East to the US Delegation to the General Assembly.

In his 36 years at the Department of State, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Near East Bureau and Director of the Office of Intelligence Liaison in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He also served as NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs in Brussels.

While Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau, he chaired the Middle East Peace Process Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources. Previously, he held posts as Political Counselor in the US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. He also served at the US Embassies in Tunis, Khartoum, Baghdad, and Beirut.

Education
AB at Dartmouth College; Certificate at Johns Hopkins School of International Studies; MPA at Harvard University

Languages
Arabic, French

Regions of Expertise
Arab Peninsula states, Iran, Iraq

Issues of Expertise
Middle East policy, Gulf issues, nuclear proliferation