September 30, 2014 - The Middle East Institute welcomed retired four-star General Anthony Zinni (Commander-in-Chief, CENTCOM, 1997-2000) for a discussion of his recent book, Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
In four decades of military service, Gen. Zinni witnessed firsthand the changing nature of modern war. Drawing on his vast experience, Zinni examines America's past military engagements and prescribes new ways of strategizing and planning for military action that can guarantee greater success.
The Middle East Institute hosted its 67th Annual Conference, "Managing Transition, Containing Conflict: The Middle East in 2014," on Friday, November 15 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event brought together prominent experts and foreign policy practitioners to delve into the many vexing questions and challenges that have come to the fore in the almost three years of unprecedented change for the Middle East, and to look ahead to what to expect in the coming year.