Ellen Laipson, President and CEO of the Stimson Center—What is the role of the United Nations today? What do we make of recent events in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, including the civil war in Syria, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and Iran’s nuclear threat? On the 67th anniversary of the UN, we’ll get perspective and insight from an expert on U.S. foreign policy and global trends. Ellen Laipson has held key positions at the National Intelligence Council, UN, and National Security Council. In 2002, after 25 years of government experience, she joined the Stimson Center, which is a non-partisan Washington think tank focused on national and international security issues. Ms. Laipson leads Stimson and is a frequent speaker on Middle East issues.