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Stephen Walt: Five Reasons and Half a Billion People in the Middle East

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Every day brings urgent news from Europe, China, Mexico, Somalia, the Congo, Japan, Brazil and the dozens of other countries that play a role on the world stage. But there’s one area that probably merits more of your attention that anywhere else. Stephen Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, presents five reasons why you should care about the Middle East.

Once a week, 92nd Street Y’s Campaign for the American Conversation offers you insight and analysis from the best minds at the Harvard Kennedy School. HKS is collaborating with us on American Conversation Essentials – short videos that explain the issues at play during this campaign year. The videos are the building blocks for your own conversations with friends, colleagues and even people you’re not sure you agree with. Start with the information we offer here and then keep your mind open as you discuss the topics of the day.