POMED Seminars for Policy Professionals
POMED Seminars offer a low-cost opportunity for policy professionals to receive graduate-level training in political analysis and support for democracy in the Middle East. Seminars feature a different guest lecturer every week, and classes are kept small to encourage interactive discussions.
This spring, we will offer the course “Supporting Democracy in the Middle East: Tools and Strategy.” The class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30, for 10 weeks, at the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) 2121 K St NW, Washington DC 20037.
The course begins April 13, and will be capped at 12 participants, so sign up today!
We will accept participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Supporting Democracy in the Middle East: Tools and Strategy
Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-8:30
April 13 – June 15
for more detailed information on this course, including a full list of recommended readings.
This course will examine the tools and strategies available to U.S. policymakers for encouraging genuine democratic progress, the links between these tools in theory and practice, and the process of policymaking from budgeting to decisions to execution. Its aim is to equip participants to navigate and influence various instruments of US policy relevant to democracy support.
1. Rethinking U.S. Policy in a New Middle East (April 13) – Nathan Brown
2. Diplomacy (April 20) – Ambassador Barbara Bodine
3. The Congressional Appropriations Process (April 27) – Congressman Jim Kolbe
4. From Appropriations to Programs: MEPI and DRL (May 4) – Scott Carpenter
5. From Appropriations to Programs: USAID (May 11) – Eric Bjornlund
6. The National Endowment for Democracy (May 18) – Richard Kraemer
7. Leveraging Assistance to Achieve Democracy Promotion Goals (May 25)- TBD
8. International Actors (June 1) – TBD
9. Public Rhetoric (June 8 ) – Tom Malinowski
10. Supporting Democracy in the Middle East: Tools and Strategy (June 15) – Stephen Grand