This week, two Brookings vice presidents—Karen Dynan and Martin Indyk—have been tapped to lend, respectively, their economic and foreign policy expertise to the Obama administration.
Martin Indyk was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry as U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations. Indyk is taking a leave of absence from Brookings, where he has been vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings since 2009, and before that was founding director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
Karen Dynan has been chosen by President Obama to fill the post of assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, whose office reviews and analyzes domestic and international economic issues in the financial markets. Dynan has been vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program at Brookings, also since 2009. Prior to joining Brookings, Dynan was a senior advisor at the Federal Reserve Board.
In Foreign Policy, Senior Fellow Ted Piccone is acting director during Indyk’s absence. Senior Fellow Ted Gayer, co-director of Economic Studies with Karen Dynan, is now vice president and director of the program.
Both Egypt and the UAE have come out defending the Saudis. Perhaps they also played some role in the operation. There is no evidence of that aside from the suspicious stops in Cairo and Dubai.