Tamara Cofman Wittes

The Middle East Channel

Egypt’s NGOs matter

Yesterday a court in Cairo sentenced dozens of NGO workers -- Egyptians, Americans, and Germans -- to prison for violating laws restricting the operation and ...

The Middle East Channel

What the U.S. can do for Egypt

Two years after the Police Day demonstrations that forced former President Hosni Mubarak from office, Egypt's political transformation has only just begun. The uncertainty that ...


Can Kerry Fill Clinton’s Shoes?

Times have changed when the foreign policy world is wondering if a man can do a woman’s job.


Learning to Live With the Islamist Winter

What to make of the historic election results in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya -- and how the United States should respond.

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About Tamara Cofman Wittes

Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Wittes served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2009 to 2012. She also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as the deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions, organizing the U.S. government's response to the Arab awakening. Wittes is a co-host of Rational Security, a weekly podcast on foreign policy and national security issues. She wrote Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy and edited How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of the Oslo Peace Process. She serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute.



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