Joint Outreach Project with Brookings

Capitol Hill

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution are delighted to announce a joint outreach project, commencing this September in Washington, DC.

Funded by the Maxine and Ray Frankel Foundation in Los Angeles, the project will share the knowledge and expertise of our two centers’ researchers with current and next-generation members of the U.S. policy community. The project will comprise a regular series of focused events, allowing us to share our understanding of the deeper trends in the Middle East and our assessments of developments in the region with members of the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government, journalists, the public, and other opinion-makers.

Launching the project, Tamara Cofman Wittes, project co-director and Senior Fellow at Brookings’s Center for Middle East Policy, said: "We are delighted to combine our first class policy scholars with the rich, interdisciplinary expertise of the Crown Center’s researchers. Washington policymakers—especially next-generation leaders—are hungry for a deeper understanding of a region undergoing dramatic change, and this partnership will help us fill that need." Prof. Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center added: "Our Center and Brookings’s Center for Middle East Policy are similar in size and in our balanced and dispassionate approaches to researching the Middle East. This partnership will provide us new avenues for sharing this approach and our analysis of the region with those affecting U.S. policy toward the Middle East."

For more information, please contact Suzanne Schaefer at the Brookings Institution (sschaefer@brookings.edu) or Karen Spira at the Crown Center (karens1@brandeis.edu).