Steven Simon — Grand Delusion: The Rise and Fall of American Ambition in the Middle East - in conversation with Aaron David Miller — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 1:00pm

Grand Delusion reveals that this story, while episodically impressive, was too often tragic and at times dishonorable. As we enter a new era in foreign policy, this is an essential book, a cautionary history that illuminates American's propensity for self-deception and misadventure at a moment when the nation is redefining its engagement with a world in crisis.

Steven Simon is the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in International Affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Research Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He served as the National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism in the Clinton White House and for the Middle East and North Africa in the Obama White House and in senior positions at the U.S. Department of State. Outside of government, he was a principal and senior advisor to Good Harbor LLC in Abu Dhabi and director of the Middle East office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Manama. Prior to this, he was deputy director of the IISS in London. He managed security-related projects at the RAND Corporation and was the Hasib Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has taught at Princeton, Dartmouth, Colby and Amherst and held fellowships at Brown, Oxford and the American Academy in Berlin.

He is the co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror, winner of the Arthur C. Ross Award for best book in international relations and of The Next Attack, a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, and one of the “best books of the year” in the Washington Post and Financial Times, which focused on the U.S. response to 9/11. He also co-authored Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change; Building a Successful Palestinian State and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State; The Sixth Crisis; The Pragmatic Superpower: The United States and the Middle East in the Cold War; Our Separate Ways.

Mr. Simon has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, New York Review of Books, Survival, and Haaretz, and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, CNN and al Jazeera.

Simon will be joined in conversation with Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on U.S. foreign policy, who served for two decades as a State Department analyst, negotiator and adviser on Middle East issues. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President and The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.


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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Grand Delusion: The Rise and Fall of American Ambition in the Middle East By Steven Simon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224247
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Published: Penguin Press - April 11th, 2023