Near East and South Asian Affairs

Special Assistant to
the President and Senior Director

The Near East and South Asia Office advises and assists the President and the National Security Advisor on all aspects of U.S. foreign policy with respect to U.S. foreign and defense policies regarding four distinct areas abroad: North Africa, the Levant, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.

Among the issues the Office provides advice and assistance to the President on are the Middle East peace process; the continued containment of rogue states such as Iraq, Iran, and Libya; the maintenance of good relations with several important U.S. allies; and the challenges for U.S. policy posed by political and economic reform, regional development, ethnic conflict, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the rise of political Islam.

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