The Aspen Strategy Group Releases Book on Radicalism in the Middle East

Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East includes policy advice by leading national security and foreign policy experts

Dec 17, 2015, 16:04 ET from The Aspen Institute

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Aspen Strategy Group has released its latest policy book, Blind Spot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East, with chapters by leading American experts including: Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies James Cartwright, Advisor to the Executive Chairman at Alphabet Inc. Jared Cohen, Dean and Executive Professor at Texas A&M University Ryan Crocker, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University Peter Feaver, Co-Founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security Michèle Flournoy, President of the Center for a New American Security Richard Fontaine, Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Shadi Hamid, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University Bernard Haykel,  Columnist for The Washington Post David Ignatius, Director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution William McCants, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS Vali Nasr, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Farah Pandith, Executive Chairman of the Pritzker Organization Tom Pritzker, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State Sarah Sewall, Executive Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated Frances Townsend, Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Graeme Wood, Senior Fellow of the CNA Corp. Dov Zakheim, and Professor at the University of Virginia Philip Zelikow.      

The book is available for purchase at: Follow @AspenStrategy and @RNicholasBurns on Twitter for more details.

"This new book includes advice from some of America's most experienced former diplomats, generals, and current thought leaders on how to respond to the rising tide of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East," said Nicholas Burns, Director of the Strategy Group.

In Blindspot: America's Response to Radicalism in the Middle East, authors share their insights and analysis on radical extremism in the Middle East, what it means for Americans, and how the United States should respond. The book is the product of the nonpartisan Aspen Strategy Group's August 2015 meeting on America's response to radicalism in the Middle East.  This book helps to decipher extremist ideology, place it in its larger global context, and suggest ways to defend American interests in the Middle East in the years ahead. The book offers a collection of policy proposals for the turbulent future ahead in the Middle East. A video of the book launch featuring Jim Cartwright, Jane Harman, and Richard Fontaine in conversation with Richard Fontaine can be viewed here:

The Aspen Strategy Group co-chaired by Brent Scowcroft and Joseph Nye, and directed by Nicholas Burns, draws on a membership of senior leaders, both Republicans and Democrats. Many served in the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet in the U.S. government. Others are journalists, academics, and business leaders. The Aspen Strategy Group began in 1984 as a forum to address arms control issues with the Soviet Union, and 30 years later, it is still charting a vital course for nonpartisan dialogue and strategy formulation in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit

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