Washington, D.C. – Today the Center for American Progress launched a new publication – Middle East Bulletin – dedicated to addressing America’s interests in pursuing sustainable peace agreements between Israel and the Arab world. Middle East Bulletin is a project of CAP’s Middle East Progress initiative led by Senior Fellow Mara Rudman and created by Middle East Progress advisor Jim Gerstein. Middle East Progress helps develop and highlight practical approaches and voices to manage – and resolve – the Arab-Israeli conflict.
“Achieving resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is an important United States security interest,” said CAP President and CEO John Podesta. “By amplifying the outstanding work of Israelis, Arabs, and Americans who are actively seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict and a secure peace, the Middle East Bulletin aims to underscore that progress in this vital region is not only possible, but fundamental to our national security interests.”
Middle East Bulletin will be published three times a week and includes a news digest, analyses from Middle East experts and organizations, reporting on events, and a rapid response to misleading or incomplete statements about U.S. interests in the region.
This new publication is one component of CAP’s Middle East Progress effort to develop and highlight practical approaches to addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict. Other components include: A series of policy roundtables bringing together from around the world and across the country those who can most effectively shape the policy dynamic on security and economic issues by hosting meetings, panels, and conferences to discuss ideas, create new approaches, and strategize on how best to implement them within and across borders. Past events have included briefings by David Kimche, Former Deputy Head of Mossad and Gadi Baltiansky, Former Press Secretary to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and a roundtable with Sheikha Lubna, Minister of Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates and The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State and trustee of the Center for American Progress.
Leadership in a Clinton Global Initiative task force that is working to create a political risk insurance fund intended to help remove obstacles to investment and trade in the Palestinian territories, working with Palestinian, Israeli, European, American, and Arab business leaders and others from public and private sectors.