What does U.S. funding tell us about the priorities of the Obama administration and its policy response to the events in the Middle East? How are ongoing uprisings in some states, and transitions in others, affecting U.S. assistance to the Middle East and North Africa? What are the most significant elements of U.S. funding and appropriations this year, particularly compared to last year? What has been the impact of the ongoing U.S. deficits and budget cuts on funding for the Middle East? And what may we expect from Congress in its upcoming appropriations process?
A forthcoming report by POMED Executive Director Stephen McInerney offers a detailed look at the U.S. funding and assistance for democracy and governance in the Middle East, the congressional appropriations process, and implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East during a turbulent time. As some countries in the Arab world embark on political transitions of various types, while others continue to protest authoritarian rule, it is important to examine U.S. funding for the Middle East and the impact on Washington’s relations with the region.
Please join a discussion of these issues organized by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America:
The Federal Budget and Appropriations for FY 2013: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East
Executive Director, POMED
Associate Dean for Programs and Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown
Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Cole Bockenfeld
Director of Advocacy, POMED
Introduction by: Sebastian Gräfe
Program Director for Foreign & Security Policy and Transatlantic Issues at the Heinrich Böll Foundation
Thursday, July 19, 2012
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 201-00
Click here to RSVP for the event.
The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East will be available on on July 19th. (Last year’s report can be found here.)
The Project on Middle East Democracy is a grantee of the National Endowment for Democracy.