On November 8 and 9, the Patterson School had a great trip to Middle East Institute conference in Washington! On Thursday, Patterson students spent the day at the 72nd annual Middle East Institute Conference, followed up on Friday by a full slate of activities. The day started with State Department U/S of State David Hale (#3 at State) and ended with the group attending a diplomatic reception at the Phillips Collection hosted by the Embassy of the State of Qatar. Other activities included briefings by Eurasia Foundation Chairman Ambassador Bill Courtney and President Lisa Coll; White House advisor Peter Navarro at CSIS, Kennan Institute Deputy Director Will Pomeranz at the Wilson Center; and US Helsinki Commission Senior Policy Advisors Alex Tiersky and Bob Hand on Capitol Hill. Trip ended with everyone attending hockey game at the Capital One Arena: 2018 Stanley Cup winning Washington Capital v. Columbus Blue Jackets.