RAND Welcomes Dignitaries from the Middle East

On August 15, 2000, RAND Santa Monica hosted the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency David Ivry. Jerry Green, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP), presented a brief introduction on Middle East research at RAND, and Jeffrey Isaacson, Vice President of the National Security Research Division (NSRD), gave an update on RAND's national security work.

Ambassador Ivry addressed the Arab-Israeli peace process, the regional military balance, and other diverse regional and Israeli domestic concerns. The Ambassador was accompanied by three individuals from the Consulate of Israel in Los Angeles: Zvi Vapni, the Deputy Consul General; Meirav Elon-Shahar, the Consul for Communications; and Deena Weisbaum, Director for Cultural Affairs.

Also in attendance were several RAND staff members, individuals from the Los Angeles area, and CMEPP board members Odeh Aburdene, Alexander Cappello, Maxwell Greenberg, and Donald Simon.

On August 14, 2000, two representatives of the Qatar Foundation visited RAND's Santa Monica office as a follow-up to a visit made by the Crown Prince of Qatar to RAND last February. Mr. Abdulredha Abdulrehman, Managing Director of the Foundation, and Dr. Fathy Saoud, the Foundation's Academic Coordinator, met with RAND researchers to discuss their master plan to create an educational center in Doha, Qatar. The meeting began with a formal presentation by Mr. Abdulrehman that was followed by substantial discussion. There is a strong likelihood that RAND will be retained by the Qatar Foundation to help realize its ambitious master plan.