Study Group with IOP Fellow Bonnie Glick

Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:30pm ET for a study group with IOP Fellow Bonnie Glick. Bonnie Glick is the former Deputy Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development where she served from January 2019-November 2020 after her unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. She oversaw the operations of the Agency with its $20+ billion budget and 11,000 staff in over 100 countries around the world.

Bonnie will be joined by Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States.

RSVP by 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, 2/23:

  • AUDIENCE: This conversation is open to members of the Harvard community. Please RSVP with a valid Harvard email address.

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  • OFF-THE-RECORD: In keeping with our long tradition at the IOP to ensure honest and candid discussions of politics, this event is off-the-record.


STUDY GROUP THEME: Trump Foreign Policy Success: What the Administration Got Right

Foreign policy changed dramatically during the Presidency of Donald Trump. Which aspects of that foreign policy should endure?  Which should be re-evaluated? IOP Fellow Bonnie Glick’s study groups will examine some of the policy positions of the Trump Administration and the thinking behind what went into the American responses.  

STUDY GROUP #2:  A More Stable Middle East?  Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says “most incoming U.S. presidents face a Middle East that is 'on fire.’ Thanks to the Trump administration policies and the historic Abraham Accords, President Joe Biden will not.”

It’s often said that President Trump, by signing peace accords with four Arab countries, concluded twice the number of Middle East Peace deals in four months than had been concluded in the previous 42 years. We will discuss the Abraham Accords with Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States.  Ambassador Al-Otaiba was a key player in the negotiation of the Accords as well as a key spokesman for its implementation and the warm peace that has emerged. He will share his thoughts on the criticality of the normalized relations between Israel and Arab countries as well as what it means for a more stable Middle East.  Conversation will be about government policies and also about the commercial and cultural advantages that have come about since the accords were signed in September 2020.