FRI. FEB 12 | Policy Practitioners Consider the Implications of Dr. Abuelaish’s Life Story
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Ghaith al-Omari (Washington Institute of Near East Policy), Michelle Dunne (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), and Sarah Yerkes (Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution).
Ghaith al-Omari, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. Previously, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including advisor to the negotiating team during the 1999-2001 permanent-status talks and a participant in the Camp David summit. Ghaith advised senior Palestinian officials, including the Palestinian president and prime minister on matters of foreign policy and negotiations until 2006. He was the lead Palestinian drafter of the Geneva Initiative, a model peace agreement reached between leading non-official Palestinian and Israeli public figures.
Michele Dunne is the director and a senior associate in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East. She was the founding director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council from 2011 to 2013 and was a senior associate and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2006 to 2011. Dunne was a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of State from 1986 to 2003, where she served in assignments that included the National Security Council, the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She also served as a visiting professor of Arabic language and Arab studies at Georgetown from 2003 to 2006.
Sarah Yerkes is a visiting fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow. She is a former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, where she focused on North Africa. Previously, she was a foreign affairs officer in the State’s Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs. Yerkes also served as a geopolitical research analyst for the U.S. military’s Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) at the Pentagon, advising the Joint Staff leadership on foreign policy and national security issues.