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An NIF Zoom event discussing the recent war in Gaza and the United States’ position in the region moving forward.
About this event
Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel, Former US Ambassador to Morocco (1997-2001), President and CEO of the American Task Force on Lebanon, and a member of the boards of AMIDEAST, the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Institute, and The Keystone Center.
Khaled Elgindy, Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, Author “Blind Spot” (2019), Former advisor to Palestinian leadership in Ramallah (2004-2009), key participant in Annapolis negotiations (2007-2008), and adjunct instructor in Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Congressman Jim Moran, Former US Representative for VA-08 Congressional District (1991-2015), Former Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia (1985-1991), Served on the Appropriations, Foreign Affairs, Banking, Housing and Finance, and Government Reform and Oversight committees during his 12 terms in US Congress.
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Editorial Director of Responsible Statecraft and Senior Adviser at the Quincy Institute, formerly Executive Editor of the American Conservative Magazine, social media director and online editor at WTOP News (2013-2017), and worked for 15 years as an online political reporter for Fox News.
About our Speakers:
Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel is the former US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, having served from November 1997 to March 2001, during which time a new US-Morocco strategic relationship was launched on political, military and economic levels. He has an extensive background in international affairs, having convened multilateral policy forums involving national security, environmental, and trade and energy issues. He has been involved in matters of Russian and European nuclear nonproliferation and has been active in advising the US government on Mideast policy matters. Currently, Ambassador Gabriel is President and CEO of The Gabriel Company, LLC, which advises American corporations and international entities on investment and policy strategies and projects. He is the President and CEO of the American Task Force on Lebanon, Co-Chairman of the American Schools of Tangier and Marrakech, Chairman of the Moroccan American Center, and a member of the boards of AMIDEAST, the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Institute, and The Keystone Center.
Khaled Elgindy is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute where he also directs MEI’s Program on Palestine and Israeli-Palestinian Affairs. He is the author of the newly-released book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump, published by Brookings Institution Press in April 2019. Elgindy previously served as a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution from 2010 through 2018. Prior to arriving at Brookings, he served as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009 and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations of 2007-08. Elgindy is also an adjunct instructor in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Khaled’s writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, and others. He is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Politico, and other print media, and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, PBS Newshour and others.
Congressman Jim Moran represented Virginia’s 8th Congressional District from 1991 to 2015, where he was known for his bipartisan leadership and ability to resolve complex issues. He served on the Appropriations, Foreign Affairs, Banking, Housing and Finance, and Government Reform and Oversight committees during his 12 terms in the US Congress. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, he was chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, a senior member on the Defense and Military Construction subcommittees, Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services and Ranking Member of the DC and Legislative Branch subcommittees. He also served as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee of the House Democratic Leadership. As chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Jim oversaw the budgets for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Forest Service, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities. As a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he oversaw all aspects of the defense budget, including weapons procurement, cybersecurity, research and development, military medical research, military base closures, civilian personnel, and overseas contingency operations.
About our Moderator:
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos is the Editorial Director of Responsible Statecraft and Senior Advisor at the Quincy Institute. Previously, she served for three years as Executive Editor of the The American Conservative magazine, where she had been reporting and publishing regular articles on national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, veterans, and Washington politics since 2007. From 2013 to 2017, Vlahos served as director of social media and online editor at WTOP News in Washington, DC She also spent 15 years as an online political reporter for Fox News at the channel’s Washington, DC bureau, as well as Washington correspondent for Homeland Security Today magazine.
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