Monday, July 18, 2011

UPCOMING EVENT: Rafah: Crossing Physical and Diplomatic Barriers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. The Palestine Center, Washington DC

This lecture seeks to address the recent opening of the Rafah border crossing and its impact, if any, on the blockade on Gaza and how it's affecting the economic and social mood of Gazans.

Mr. Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Mr. Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. His analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appears frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, CSPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Middle East Report. 

Mr. Matthew Reynolds is the Head Representative of the UNRWA Washington, DC office. He began his career on Capitol Hill in 1986, serving as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff for Representatives Robert Lagomarsino and Jay Kim. He then was a professional staffer on the House International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and finally served as Staff Director of the House Rules Committee. After 17 years in Congress, Mr. Reynolds moved to the Department of State as Director of House Affairs. In 2005 he started with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in 2008.

This is the second lecture in the 12th Annual Summer Intern Lecture Series: The Arab Spring Gives Way to a Palestinian Autumn: Palestinian Social Politics in an Evolving Middle East.