The region of the Middle East has been critical to U.S. and world politics in the past few decades. The Frey Institute in its fall 2008 symposium considered such issues as, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, security, religion and other key issues that pertain to that volatile region. Speakers included Scott Ritter, a former U.N. chief weapons inspector; retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, former director of the reconstruction efforts in Iraq; and Lisa Myers, a senior investigative correspondent for NBC News. The symposium also included national experts on terrorism, Central Florida religious leaders and UCF political science professors. Presentations throughout the day focused on some of the most significant issues facing the Middle East and important foreign policy challenges that either John McCain or Barack Obama will face after moving into the White House in January.