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Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist, and author, hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and explore the policies designed to address them.
CONVERSATIONS WITH ALON BEN-MEIR
FEATURING AMBASSADOR FREDERIC C. HOF
Monday, September 18, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Frederic C. Hof is the director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and specializes in Syria. Prior to becoming director, he was a resident senior fellow with the Center.
On March 28, 2012, President Obama conferred on Hof the rank of ambassador in connection with his new duties as special adviser for transition in Syria. Hof was previously the special coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State’s Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, where he advised Special Envoy George Mitchell on the full range of Arab- Israeli peace issues falling under his purview and focusing on Syria-Israel and Israel-Lebanon matters. He joined the State Department in 2009 after serving as the president and CEO of AALC, limited company, an international business consulting and project finance firm formerly known as Armitage Associates LC.
Hof has written extensively on Arab-Israeli issues. He is the author of Galilee Divided: The Israel- Lebanon Frontier, 1916–1984 (Westview Press, 1985); Line of Battle, Border of Peace? The Line of June 4, 1967 (Middle East Insight, 1999); and Beyond the Boundary: Lebanon, Israel and the Challenge of Change (Middle East Insight, 2000). He also has written many articles on Jordan Valley water issues. His writing on the Israel-Syria, Israel-Lebanon, and (by virtue of his work on the “Mitchell Committee”) Israel-Palestinian tracks of the Middle East peace process has contributed positively to the body of literature promoting Arab-Israeli peace.
His awards include the Purple Heart, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
CONVERSATIONS WITH ALON BEN-MEIR
FEATURING H.E. AMBASSADOR YASSER REDA
AMBASSADOR OF EGYPT TO THE UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Join Ambassador Yasser Reda and Alon Ben-Meir for a conversation focused on President Sisi’s handling of terrorism in the Sinai and his collaboration with Israel in dealing with extremism sweeping the region. How has the relationship between Egypt and Hamas changed since the organization modified its charter? The conversation also will explore the strategy that Egypt and the Gulf states, along with Israel, are pursuing to confront the present and future Iranian threat. To what extent might the Trump administration be involved, given its new strategic approach to the region?
Ambassador Reda is Egypt’s newly appointed ambassador to the United States. He is a senior career diplomat who has served twice as the assistant minister of Foreign Affairs and chief of the Minister’s Cabinet, from October 2013 to August 2015, and from June 2006 to August 2008. Ambassador Reda was Egypt’s ambassador to Israel from September 2008 to August 2012, and deputy chief-of-mission in Egypt’s embassy in Berlin, Germany. He also has served, during his 33-year career in the Egyptian diplomatic service, in Egypt’s embassies in Italy, Iraq, Cyprus, and China. Born in 1958, Ambassador Reda received a BA in Commerce from Cairo University, and he speaks Arabic, English, and French. He is married.