This free Zoom lecture, the second part of Bet Chaverim Congregation’s three-part lecture series on the Middle East is open to the public. It features Ms. Dana Stroul, the Shelly and Michael Kassen Fellow in The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Beth and David Geduld Program on Arab Politics,. Her work focuses on Egypt, Iraq, democracy and reform, military and security affairs and U.S. policy.
Ms. Stroul previously served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she covered the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. She played a central role in oversight of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, which included U.S. foreign assistance and weapons sales, as well as crafting relevant legislation.
Earlier, Ms. Stroul served in the Middle East policy office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2008 to 2013, she focused on a range of topics including U.S.-Egypt relations, the U.S. military drawdown in Iraq, and a review of U.S. government policies and programs in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. In addition, Stroul worked at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on economic-political affairs, at the U.S. Institute of Peace on civilian-military relations in Iraq, and at the National Democratic Institute on Gulf Affairs.
Ms.Stroul holds a bachelor’s degree in religious and Middle East studies from the University of Virginia and a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University. She also studied at the American University in Cairo and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.