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peter_yeoPeter Yeo

Executive Director, Better World Campaign

Prior to arriving at the UN Foundation, Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR.  Prior to his work with the Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department during the second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto. During the 2008 presidential campaigns, Yeo served as an adviser to the foreign policy campaign teams of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


mark_goldbergMark Leon Goldberg

United Nations Dispatch

Mark Leon Goldberg is a writer, blogger and consultant to several prominent national and international non-profit organizations. He is the editor of the UN and global affairs blog UN Dispatch and editor of the global health and international development website PSI Healthy Lives. From 2004-2006 Mark was a writing fellow at The American Prospect where he wrote numerous articles on foreign policy. Mark is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action and a proud former Dan Dutko Memorial Foundation Public Policy Fellow.  Mark's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New Republic, and The Daily Beast. He has appeared as an an on-air guest on CNBC, Al Jazeera English and National Public Radio.  


mark_lynchMark Lynch

George Washington University

Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and edits the Middle East Channel for ForeignPolicy.com. His most recent book, Voices of the New Arab Public, was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book.  Lynch began writing his influential Middle East politics blog Abu Aardvark under a pseudonym in 2002, and began blogging under his own name in the spring of 2005. Abu Aardvark gained a wide following among Middle East policy professionals, journalists, and academics. 


michael_hannaMichael Wahid Hanna

The Century Foundation

Michael Wahid Hanna is a fellow at The Century Foundation. He works on issues of international security, human rights, post-conflict justice, and U.S. foreign policy in the broader Middle East and South Asia. He recently served as a co-director of The Century Foundation's International Task Force on Afghanistan. He has published widely on U.S. foreign policy and international law in newspapers and journals, including articles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the New Republic, World Policy Journal, among other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy and the Atlantic, and appears regularly on NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera. He served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Baghdad in 2008.


imageMahmoud Hamad, Drake University

Drake University

Mahmoud Hamad joined the Politics Department in the fall of 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at The University of Utah and his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Cairo University, Egypt. His teaching and research interests focus on Middle East politics, comparative judicial politics, civil-military relations as well as religion and politics. Prior to coming to Des Moines, Mahmoud taught at Cairo University, BYU, and the University of Utah. Mahmoud was a Fulbright scholar twice during his graduate study and in the summer 2008 he attended Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies. His current research projects focus on the judicialization of politics in the Middle East.

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