Prospects for Peace: Obama's Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration
On Wednesday, November 23, CMEP held a a web discussion on the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace in President Obama's remaining months in office and the opportunities and challenges moving forward in the next administration.
To view the webinar, click here!
The panel was moderated by CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and included Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now), Mitchell Plitnick (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Dr. James Zogby (Arab American Institute).
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem. Her work has been highlighted in CNN, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Leadership Magazine, Huffington Post and other international media outlets.
Lara Friedman is the Director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now. As a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Israeli settlements policy, and Jerusalem, she frequently meets and briefs Members of Congress, U.S. Administration officials, foreign diplomats, and other members of the foreign policy community. She recently addressed the UN Security Council.
Mitchell Plitnick is the vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Previously, he was Director of the US Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (2008-2010) and Director of Education and Policy for Jewish Voice for Peace (2002-2008). He has spoken all over the country on Middle East politics, and has regularly offered commentary in a wide range of radio and television outlets including PBS News Hour, the O’Reilly Factor and CNBC Asia.
Dr. James Zogby is the President and co-founder of the Arab American Institute.He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013. In addition to writing a weekly column published in 12 countries, Zogby is the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show "Viewpoint," and is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs.