John Kerry on Middle East Challenges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Keynote remarks at the 2015 Saban Forum.

On December 4 to 6, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will host its 12th annual Saban Forum, titled “Israel and the United States: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” The 2015 Saban Forum will feature remarks by Israel’s Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon, Secretary of State John Kerry, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The forum’s webcast sessions will focus on the future for Israelis and Palestinians, Iran’s role in the Middle East, spillover from the war in Syria, and the global threat posed by the Islamic State and other violent jihadi groups.

Over the past twelve years, the Saban Forum has become the premier platform for frank dialogue between American and Israeli leaders from government, civil society, business, and the media. As a result, the Saban Forum is a seminal event, generating new ideas and helping shape the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

The Saban Forum has hosted many distinguished leaders in previous years, including President Barack Obama, President William J. Clinton, President George W. Bush, Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy Naftali Bennet, HM King Abdullah of Jordan, President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and Secretaries of State John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Henry Kissinger.