2014 Leelanau Summinars
The Middle East in Transition
July 14, 2014 • Session II
About this Summinar
This winter, the Iran/P-5+1 nuclear talks inched closer to an agreement, the Syrian civil war seemed headed for a conclusion (with the human costs yet to be addressed), Egyptians ousted yet another government and Libya reverted to civil war, while the Arab/Israeli talks once again ground to a halt without a solution.
What does all this mean for American interests in the region? A discussion with retired US diplomat Jack Segal, who served in Israel/Palestine during the first Intifada and the Gulf War and on the National Security Council under President Clinton.
Jack Segal is adjunct Professor at Northwestern Michigan College, Co-Chairman, International Affairs Forum of Traverse City and host of Beyond the Headlines on Up North TV.
What Iran Really Wants by Javad Zarif, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2014
Middle East Peace: The Never-Ending Story by Jack Segal, Northern Express, April 21, 2014
Date & Place
July 14, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Munnecke Room
Join Jack Segal for SESSION I
July 7, 2014
"China, East Asia & Afghanistan: What does America's Rebalancing Mean"
Link to page for more details
Cost per person
$15 session II
$25 session I & II
links to books on Amazon:
Power, Faith & Fantasy: America in the Middle East
by Michael Owen
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
by David Shipler
The Stakes: America and the Middle East
by Shibley Telhami
About the Leader
Jack Segal made 40 trips to Afghanistan from 2002-2010 as Chief Political Advisor to NATO's operational commander, a 4-star general. He contributed to the strategic assessments of the Afghanistan operation prepared for NATO and the President.
As a senior Foreign Service Officer at the White House he was NSC Director for Non-proliferation and Export Controls and NSC Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. At the State Department, he was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for International Security and Arms Control, where he guided a 200-person staff working on export controls and technology transfer issues. Earlier, he served as Office Director for the western Slavic countries (including Ukraine), as arms control action officer on the State Department's Soviet Desk and in the Bureau of Intelligence.
Overseas, in 1997 Jack opened the first western Consulate General in central Russia (Yekaterinburg) where he orchestrated the opening of the region to US investment, particularly oil and gas exploitation, while also working to promote democracy among the region's young people. Earlier, in Moscow, he implemented nuclear and chemical weapons arms control agreements between the US and Russia. While serving in Israel, he was in charge of Political/ Military relations with Israel during the Intifada and the Gulf War and worked closely with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the Occupied Territories. Prior to that he represented the State Department at nuclear arms control negotiations (START 1) in Geneva and at US-Russian regional talks on Africa.
In the military, Jack was commissioned through Infantry OCS and served two tours in Vietnam with the 4th and 25th Infantry Divisions. He also served with the Army Security Agency in Germany. He holds an M.A. (Distinguished Graduate) from the University of Southern California and a B.A . (Cum Laude) from Boston University.
Jack received the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four State Department Superior Honor Awards, the NATO Medal for combat service in Afghanistan, the NATO Distinguished Service Medal and numerous foreign awards during his professional career.
Jack resides in Traverse City, Michigan, where is Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Michigan College and works as a consultant. He is married to Karen, a former US Diplomat and Council on Foreign Relations Scholar. Their 17-year old daughter, Maya, is a Senior at Interlochen Arts Academy.