• Mosaic Theater

Sat June 10 at 3PM | Panel hosted by J Street DC Metro “Israel and the Siege of Gaza: Perspectives f

Jessica Rosenblum, Vice President of Communications at J Street: Jessica comes to J Street from Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, where, as a vice-president, she worked to raise the profile of a number highly successful advocacy campaigns including the Great Schlep and the campaign by retired senior military leaders to end US-sanctioned torture. There she also worked to establish and grow J Street’s presence from its inception in 2008. Prior to joining Rabinowitz/Dorf, Rosenblum was the Director of Media and Communications for Brit Tzedek v’Shalom–then the largest American Jewish grassroots peace movement. An accomplished media trainer, she pioneered the organization’s highly effective media training strategy–now a model for other emerging grassroots movements–to integrate the communications and media goals of both the national organization and its local chapters. Rosenblum also has served as a communications consultant for a various non-profit organizations and political campaigns, including then-State Senator Barack Obama’s first run for the United States Congress.

Nizar H Farsakh is based in Washington D.C., where he works to support civil society in the Middle East and North Africa. He is the Program Director for Civil Society Partnerships at POMED, the Project on Middle East Democracy. Before joining POMED, he was the General Director of the General Delegation of the PLO to the US for two years. Nizar has ten years of experience working in Palestine first as a research assistant in an NGO in Bethlehem and then as the Policy Advisor to Palestinian negotiators on border-related issues from 2003 to 2008. In his last year in Ramallah he was seconded to the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Nizar is also a leadership trainer focusing on public narrative, community organizing and adaptive leadership and is affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Sarah Yerkes was a nonresident fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and is 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.

Her research focuses on the relationship between the state and society in the Middle East. She is currently examining the trajectory of the secular, liberal revolutionaries of the Arab Spring. Yerkes has published and presented her research on political reform and civil society in the Middle East in a variety of academic and policy forums.

Yerkes was a Boren Graduate Fellow in Morocco in 2008 where she attended the Arabic Language Institute in Fez and conducted research on political reform and U.S. foreign policy toward Morocco. She also received numerous fellowships to carry out doctoral fieldwork in Egypt in 2010 and 2011, examining the relationship between civil society organizations and the authoritarian state, both during the Mubarak regime and shortly after the Egyptian revolution.

She has taught courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and government and politics of the Middle East at George Washington University. Yerkes received her doctorate in government from Georgetown University in 2012. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, she was a research analyst in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy (now Center for Middle East Policy) at Brookings. She holds a master’s in Middle East studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in international studies and Middle Eastern studies from Emory University.

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