U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman sits after arriving for a trilateral meeting with UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov during the second round of negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland (REUTERS/KEYSTONE/Valentin Flauraud).
The Absence of Women from Middle East Policy Debates: An Update
January 23, 2015,
Earlier this week, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch shed light on a troubling feature of Beltway debates about Middle East policy: the relative exclusion of women from public events at some of D.C.’s leading think tanks (Brookings, sadly, included). The lack of female speakers at think-tank events is notable because the field of Middle East policy boasts a large number of prominent women experts, officials and former officials. The article reignited the debate on gender balance in the policy making world. Now, Wittes and Lynch offer some further thoughts on diversity in our public policy discussion, and provide the data underlying their claim that 65% of the events they tracked last year featured no women speakers at all.