||he Middle East and United States Strategy Series: The US-Russia-Iran Triangle: Right, Acute, or Obtuse? Featuring Mark Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University. For the last decade, the Middle East has occupied a place of primacy in debates over U.S. global aims and strategies. NYU Wagner will sponsor a year-long lecture series that will bring to campus original thinkers from academics, research centers and government. The Middle East and United States Strategy Series, moderated by NYU Wagner visiting professor Michael Doran, will address one of the most pressing issues on the U.S. strategic agenda.