Brookings: Making Sense of Democratic Transitions in the Middle East and Preparing for a Career in Public Policy with Tamara Wittes, PhD


Oct. 17, 2019, 11am to 12pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 268


In co-sponsorship with the Graduate College, Brookings Mountain West is pleased to offer a workshop with Brookings Senior Fellow, Dr. Tamara Wittes. Wittes’ research focuses on US strategy and policy in the Middle East, US democracy promotion, and Israeli politics. A graduate of Georgetown University (PhD in Government), Wittes served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and coordinated US policy on democracy and human rights during the ‘Arab Spring’. In this informative and interactive workshop, Wittes will briefly discuss trajectory of democratic movements in the Middle East, experience in working for the federal government and in think-tanks, and how best to prepare for a career in public policy, government, and beyond.  

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Better understand America’s promotion of democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 
  • Learn how to synthesize research and policy
  • Lean about the policy-influencing/policy-making career paths 

Professional Development Academy Program: N/A
Professional Development Academy Pillars: Career Prep, Research
Learning Experience: Interactive
Time Commitment: < 2 hours
Lifecycle Stage:
Early, Mid, Late Master’s & Early, Mid, Late Doctoral
Facilitator: Dr. Tamara Wittes

Admission Information

This workshop is open to UNLV graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

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Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

Graduate College and Brookings Mountain West.