Changing Geopolitics In The Middle East Talk In Woods Hole

“Changing Geopolitics in the Middle East and Implications for US Policy” will be the fourth talk in the summer lecture series, “Middle East Transitions, 2012.”  Ellen Laipson, president and CEO of the Stimson Center, based in Washington, DC, will present her talk at 5 PM on Sunday, August 3, at Fisher House in Woods Hole.

Ms. Laipson’s career in government and foreign policy focused on the Middle East and South Asia. Today, she directs the Stimson Center’s Middle East/ Southwest Asia program. Founded in 1989, the Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “think tank.”

Ms. Laipson joined Stimson in 2002, after 25 years of government service. From 1997 to 2002 she served as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council and from 1995 to 1997 as special assistant to the US permanent representative to the United Nations. Before that, her government career focused on analysis and policymaking on Middle East and South Asian issues.


As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she serves on several boards, among them the Asia Foundation, and she was a member of President Barack H. Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013. Her earlier government service included positions with the National Security Council, the State Department’s policy planning staff and the Congressional Research Service.

A graduate of Cornell University, Ellen Laipson holds a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Pamela Pelletreau, Woods Hole resident and a member of the Committee for Peace and Justice in the Middle East that sponsors the series, will introduce the speaker.

Fisher House is at 13 Church Street, Woods Hole, opposite the Church of the Messiah. Presentations are free and open to the public, although contributions to cover travel expenses for the speakers are always welcomed.

Sessions begin at 5 PM, with the speaker talking for 40 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period and light refreshments. Off-street parking is available adjacent to the Church of the Messiah Cemetery.

The next talk in the series is scheduled for August 17, when Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations will speak on Egyptian Politics. Off-street parking is available adjacent to the Church of the Messiah Cemetery. 


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