US Security Interests in the Middle East
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 11:00 am-1:15 pm
Registration: 11:00 am
Lunch & Networking: 11:30 am-12:00 pm
Program: 12:00-1:15 pm
Arizona Country Club
5668 E Orange Blossom Ln
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Member Registration: $45
Non-Member Registration: $55
About the Event
Key talking points will include:
- The US retains important security interests in the Middle East, the Levant and Central and South Asia.
- Our partners across he region want to be aligned with the US and its western allies.
- Our strategic approach to this region should be focused on retaining an overall favorable balance of power.
- This area is and will continue to be an area of “Great Power Competition” with China, Russia, Iran and Turkey.
- Our interests in this region will not be preserved by military means alone — but will require all elements of National Power to succeed.
About General Joseph L. Votel
General Joseph L. Votel is a retired U.S. Army Four-Star officer and most recently the Commander of the U.S. Central Command – responsible for U.S. and coalition military operations in the Middle East, Levant and Central and South Asia. During his 39 years in the military he commanded special operations and conventional military forces at every level. His career included combat in Panama, Afghanistan and Iraq. Notably he led a 79-member coalition that successfully liberated Iraq and Syria from the Islamic State Caliphate. He preceded his assignment at CENTCOM with service as the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and the Joint Special Operations Command.
Votel was recognized with the Distinguished Military Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council; the U.S. – Arab Defense Leadership Award from the National Council on U.S. - Arab Relations; the Patriot Award from the National Medal of Honor Society; the SGT James T. Regan Lifetime Achievement Award from the “Lead the Way” Foundation; and the Freedom Award from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
In January of 2020 Votel became the President / CEO of Business Executives for National Security. He is a Strategic Advisor for Sierra Nevada Corporation as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Noblis Corporation. Votel is a non-resident Distinguished Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA; and an advisor to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, NY. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Service to School – a non-profit organization that helps military veterans transition and win admission to the Nation’s best graduate and undergraduate schools as well as an Advisor to the Texas Transition Network that focuses on post-secondary education opportunities for disabled students. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Votel is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned Master’s Degrees from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College and the Army War College. He is married to Michele and they have two grown sons; a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. The Votels reside in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.