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Gerson Foreign Policy Lecture: Tamara Cofman Wittes

Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:00pm – 5:15pm

Storrs Campus

The Department of Political Science presents The 2021 Gerson Foreign Policy Lecture made possible by the Louis L. Gerson Fund.

Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, will present a talk entitled "Solidarity: How to Support Democracy Abroad When it is Challenged at Home" on Tuesday, April 22 from 4 to 5:15 PM.

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Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, where she focuses on U.S. policy in the Middle East. She served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings.

Wittes co-hosts the podcast Rational Security, and is currently writing a book, Our SOBs, on the tangled history of America’s ties to autocratic allies. Prior to joining Brookings, she served at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Middle East Institute in Washington, taught at Georgetown University and was one of the first recipients of the Rabin-Peres Peace Award, established by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Her books include "Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy" (Brookings Institution Press, 2008) and editor of "How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Oslo Peace Process" (USIP, 2005). She holds a bachelor's in Judaic and Near Eastern studies from Oberlin College, and a master's and doctorate in government from Georgetown University. She is a founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.


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Political Science (primary), Abrahamic Programs for Academic Collaboration in the MENA Region, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Middle East Studies, Office of Global Affairs, UConn Master Calendar

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