Paul Lenze, Jr.The Middle East continues to be a region of strategic importance for the United States and, despite U.S. efforts at nation-building over the last decade, civil war and ethnic conflict abound. What role will the U.S. play in the region’s future as American troops leave Afghanistan and Iran builds its nuclear arsenal?

Paul E. Lenze, Jr., lecturer and internship coordinator for the department of Politics and International Affairs, will discuss these complex issues in his presentation, “Security Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy: Syria, Iran and Afghanistan,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at NAU’s Native American Cultural Center. The presentation is part of the Summer Seminar Series.