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The Gulf States and US Policy: How Strongly to Push Reform?
Mar 13 2013 6pm-7:30pm
Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 141 (CCAS Boardroom)
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The Gulf States and U.S. Policy: How Strongly to Push Reform?


David Galbraith

Rusk Fellow at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

David Galbraith will discuss how the calls for change sweeping through the Arab world have affected internal dynamics in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Although only one state - Bahrain - experienced mass protests calling for a new political order, most others were impacted in different but meaningful ways. Mr. Galbraith will address how the United States should approach the question of reform in the Gulf states given the events of the past two years. The talk will draw on a paper that will be published in the upcoming edition of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, a draft of which is available on request to those planning to attend the talk. The analysis and views offered in Mr. Galbraith's talk and article are his own and do not represent the views of the Department of State, the National Security Staff, or the United States government.

Please email for a copy of the paper. All attendees are encouraged to read the paper prior to Mr. Galbraith's discussion.

David Galbraith joined the Foreign Service in 2002 and is currently a Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Prior to his fellowship year, David held assignments in Washington as Senior Desk Officer for Saudi Arabia at the Department of State and then as Director for Gulf States on the National Security Council staff.

At the NSC, David advised the President, National Security Advisor, and other top officials on issues related to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and coordinated interagency policymaking on those issues. David previously served overseas in Cairo, Egypt; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Baghdad, Iraq; and Caracas, Venezuela. In Cairo he was chief of the immigrant visa unit and then staff assistant to the Ambassador. In Dhahran, he reported on political and economic issues in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. David served in the political section of U.S. Embassy Baghdad in 2006-2007, where his portfolio included the Shi’a political parties, Iran, and liaising with southern and central Provincial Reconstruction Teams. In Caracas, he reported on macroeconomic and financial developments in Venezuela as an economic officer.

David has a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University and a Master of Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is married to Alyce Abdalla, also a Foreign Service Officer, and they have two children.

Light refreshments will be served.
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