2008 Middle East Workshops

Plenary: Ending the Iraq War and Building Regional Security

As the Iraq war is enters its sixth year, panelists will discuss the political realities in Iraq and what U.S. policies offer the best chance of promoting reconciliation in Iraq and stability in the region.

Speakers:

  • Robert Gard, LT. General, USA (Ret.), Senior Military Fellow, Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation;
  • Raed Jarrar, Consultant on Iraq for the American Friends Service Committee

 

Joint Plenary with Peace and Global Security Track: Preventing War with Iran and Working for U.S.-Iran Rapprochement

How to deal peaceably and effectively with Iran’s nuclear weapons potential and bring Iran into a structure of true regional security.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council;
  • Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times bureau chief;
  • Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch;

Moderator: Barbara Green, Executive Director of the Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy

 

Plenary: Agenda for Israel-Palestine Peace After Annapolis

In the aftermath of the Annapolis meeting, as the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinians resume peace negotiations after a seven-year lapse, what can help or hinder the revived process? What can the U.S. do to make the Annapolis process the vehicle of a just peace?

Speakers:

  • Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation;
  • Ms. Lamia Matta, former Advisor to the Palestinian Authority Negotiations Support Unit;
  • Ambassador Philip Wilcox, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace;

Moderator: Warren Clark, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace

 

Iraq-Iran Lobby Training: Tomorrow and in the months ahead

Iraq-Iran and Israel-Palestine lobby training will prepare EAD participants for Capitol Hill meetings on Monday with updates on important pending legislation. Both sessions will also describe resources and strategies for staying engaged and continuing to make an impact on Congress through grass-roots lobbying.

Speakers:

  • Jen Smyers, Associate for Immigration and Refugee Policy Church World Service;
  • Jim Fine and Kate Gould, Foreign Policy Legislative Program, Friends Committee on National Legislation

 

Israel-Palestine Lobby Training: Tomorrow and in the months ahead

Iraq-Iran and Israel-Palestine lobby training will prepare EAD participants for Capitol Hill meetings on Monday with updates on important pending legislation. Both sessions will also describe resources and strategies for staying engaged and continuing to make an impact on Congress through grass-roots lobbying.

Speaker:

  • Julie Schumacher Cohen, Legislative Coordinator, Churches for Middle East Peace


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