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Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Lecture presented by Tamara Cofman Wittes and Brian Egan

October 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Ms. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. She also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions.

Ms. Wittes is a co-host of Rational Security, a weekly podcast on foreign policy and national security issues. She writes on U.S. Middle East policy, regional conflict and conflict resolution, the challenges of global democracy, and the future of Arab governance. Her current research is for a forthcoming book, Our SOBs, on the tangled history of America’s ties to autocratic allies.

Brian Egan, a Partner at Steptoe and & Johnson LLP, is a distinguished international lawyer who advises on a range of complex legal issues that affect his US and foreign clients. He partners with clients to address US and multilateral economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering programs, national security investment reviews and other national security matters, cross-border disputes, international cybersecurity and data privacy matters, and issues of public international law. As a former senior legal official with the White House, the National Security Council, and the Department of State and Department of the Treasury under the Obama Administration, he has keen insight into domestic and international legal matters that influence US government national security and foreign relations policies and programs. Mr. Egan’s clients benefit from his tremendous understanding of the inner workings of international regulations and interests.

As legal adviser at the Department of State, Mr. Egan led the office responsible for advising on all legal issues that impact US foreign relations, including the US government’s international law portfolio. He counseled the secretary of state and other senior US government officials on a wide range of pressing domestic and international legal issues, including foreign sovereign immunities, economic sanctions, resolution of investment disputes, treaty negotiation and interpretation, cybersecurity, and cyber hacking. He also oversaw litigation against the US government before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals.


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October 23
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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