The Tennessee World Affairs Council
Global Dialogue: International Affairs Speaker Series
“The Middle East 2020”
David Des Roches
Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University
Fort Leslie J. McNair
With Host Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council
NASHVILLE, APRIL 21: The Middle East is still there and the Covid-19 pandemic has not made any of the troubles there any better. Let’s have a dialogue. Join us for a tour d’horizon of this important region where Americans serve in harm’s way with David DesRoches, retired US Army Colonel and Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. We’re pleased to present internationally recognized expert David Des Roches. He is a regular commentator on Voice of America, Sky News, Arabia, France 24, Al Jazeera, Turkish Radio-Television and Al Araby; he is an authority quoted in The New York Times and Washington Post. You won’t find anyone more conversant in the Middle East region, a part of the world where American interests continue to be challenged, a part of the world where thousands of men and women in our armed forces are in harm’s way every day. Our Zoom Webinar included a briefing by Colonel Des Roches and your questions. Registration for our Webinar events is free but we ask you to consider making a donation to offset our unanticipated expenses to create video-based programming, and to become a member of the World Affairs Council. www.TNWAC.org. Thanks!
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David B. Des Roches is Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) at National Defense University.
He joined NESA in 2011 after serving the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy in numerous positions, including as Director of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula, the DoD liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, the Senior Country Director for Pakistan, the NATO Operations Director (where he drafted the NATO comprehensive approach directive), the Deputy Director for Peacekeeping, and the spokesman for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Prior to that, he served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as an International Law Enforcement Analyst and Special Assistant for Strategy.
Professor Des Roches has lectured at the Qatari Staff College, the Saudi War College, Sciences Po, and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Gulf security. He regularly presents at various Washington and international think tanks on Middle East issues.
Professor Des Roches holds advanced degrees from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and Kings College London, which he attended as a British Marshall Scholar. He also holds an advanced degree from the U.S. Army War College, and a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he was selected to Phi Kappa Phi. He is a non-resident academic fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and senior international affairs fellow at the National Council on US Arab Relations.
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