Tamara Cofman Wittes
Tamara Cofman Wittes was a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. Wittes also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions.
The Middle East and the new US administration
For those who are concerned about rebuilding American diplomacy, there’s a general desire to have more well-prepared professional diplomats take these roles [as ambassadors].
The norms of politics in both [the United States and Israel] have led the politicians to instrumentalize relations, and that is not good.