Skip to content

MES presents: Philip H. Gordon

Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall

Add to: Outlook, ICal, Google Calendar

Philip H. Gordon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; former special assistant and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region from 2013-15

Introduction by James SteinbergDean, Maxwell School

The U.S. and the Crises in the Middle East 

Philip H. Gordon, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, former special assistant to the president and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region from 2013-15 will deliver a lecture on The U.S. and the Crises in the Middle East.  This talk is free and open to the public.  James B. Steinberg, Dean of the Maxwell School and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State will introduce Dr. Gordon

As the most senior White House official focused on the greater Middle East, he worked closely with the president, secretary of state, and national security advisor on issues including the Iranian nuclear program, Middle East peace negotiations, the conflict in Syria, security in Iraq, U.S. relations with the gulf states, the democratic transitions in North Africa, and bilateral relations with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Chair of the Political Science Department at Syracuse University, describes Dr. Gordon as one of the most astute analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. “He has not been afraid to think outside the box. For example, he has argued that the U.S. should rethink its position that President Assad must step down.  Gordon’s voice is one that needs to be heard as the U.S. government confronts a multitude of crisis from Afghanistan to Libya.”

Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies program at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Open to




Contact to request accommodations

Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.