April 11, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director of the Project on Arab Democracy and Development at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will speak at James Madison University on “Democracy in the Middle East” on Monday, April 19, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in Harrison 2105. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wittes’s presentation, a part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will be co-sponsored by the JMU Student Government Association.

Dr. Wittes received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her master’s and doctorate from Georgetown University, where she has also taught as an adjunct professor of National Security Studies. Before joining the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in 2003, she was director of programs at the Middle East Institute (2000-2002) and a Middle East specialist at the United States Institute of Peace (2002-2003). Dr. Wittes is the author of numerous policy publications and scholarly articles as well as the editor of How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate: A Cross Cultural Analysis of the Oslo Peace Process (U.S. Institute of Peace, 2005).