Carnegie expands Middle East team

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) has announced the addition of Katherine Wilkens and Frederic Wehrey to its roster of Middle East experts.

“As the dramatic events of the last sixteen months continue to unfold in the Arab world, Carnegie’s Middle East Program has worked to deliver groundbreaking analysis of the political, economic, and security challenges gripping the region and their implications for policymakers,” said Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies.

“Katherine and Fred are both enormously gifted scholars whose presence will enable us to expand the breadth and depth of our activities both here in Washington and at our Beirut Center,” he said.

Frederic Wehrey joins Carnegie as a senior associate in the Middle East Program. Wehrey was previously at RAND, where he published widely on Iraq and his research focused on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states. Wehrey is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force reserve with tours in Iraq, Turkey, Libya and Uganda.

Katherine Wilkens will serve as deputy director of Carnegie’s Middle East Program, overseeing the program’s daily operations. Wilkens was previously at AMIDEAST, an American nonprofit organization engaged in education, training, and capacity building in the Middle East and North Africa. She has also served in senior positions in the executive and legislative branches, including as staff director of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East.

In addition to the Middle East Program at its Washington headquarters, CEIP also has a regional presence with its Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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