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Insiders Briefing: Making Gaza Disengagement an Economic Success | 2005-Jun-29


Washington Insiders Briefing

"Engaging the Business Community in Making Gaza Disengagement an Economic Success"

News Release: June 29, 2005

On Wednesday, June 29, 2005, the Washington Network Group convened a Washington Insiders briefing with Steve Grand, Director, of the Middle East Strategy Group at the The Aspen Institute. We met at The Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.

Seating was limited to 15 people.


Washington Insiders Program

This special event was convened under the WNG's "Washington Insiders" program series, which is designed to provide meaningful opportunities for WNG Members and our guests to develop their professional and business networks in the Greater Washington Region and beyond. Our attendees included representatives from the media, corporate, investment, policy, and government sectors.



Our Original Invitation:

The Washington Network Group is pleased to convene our next Washington Insiders Luncheon on Wednesday, June 29, at The Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.

"Engaging the Business Community
in Making Gaza Disengagement an Economic Success
"

Steve Grand
Director, Middle East Strategy Group
The Aspen Institute

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Metropolitan Club
1700 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Buffet Luncheon
$25 WNG Members / $35 Non-Members

Seating is Limited to 15 Participants

Register Online: Click Here.

Please join the WNG when we convene our next Washington Insiders Luncheon with Steve Grand, who directs the Middle East Strategy Group at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

Steve has been instrumental in the Middle East Strategy Group's plans for the development of Gaza gas fields and joint power plants, a Gaza private hospital, the rehabilitation of Gaza international airport, joint textile manufacturing, 'smart' call centers, a "desalination project, and, more generally, a shared power grid between Israeli West Bank and Gaza.

The Group includes prominent American, Palestinian, and Israeli business and political leaders dedicated to working for a peaceful solution in the Middles East that enables the creation of a Palestinian state and maintains the security of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state. The Group seeks to use the opportunity presented by the withdrawal from Gaza to end the conflict and build a pathway toward peace; to bring people together who could create flagship ventures that might serve as confidence-building measures, with an initial focus on Gaza; to promote tangible examples of business and civic cooperation between Israelis, Palestinians and Americans in order to build a constituency for peace; and to engage in public discussions, education campaigns, political meetings and publications that promote, support and build a constituency for peace.

Related news articles include "Long Way to Go in Gaza" (April 10, 2005) and "Institute Ramps up Role in Gaza" (April 5, 2005).Steve has offered to make some comments at the outset of our meeting, and to have an informal discussion with us over lunch.


About Our Discussant

Steve Grand, is the Director of The Aspen Institute's Middle East Strategy Group (MESG). He has also served as an adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

In 2002-2003, he was an International Affairs Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations. His research focused on the lessons to be drawn from our last decade of assistance with democratization in Central and Eastern Europe as we contemplate democratic change elsewhere.

Until June 2002, Grand served as Director of Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States - an American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe.

Before joining GMF in 1997, Grand worked as a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, covering Europe and the New Independent States. In 1994, he was a visiting researcher at Charles University's Center for Economics and Graduate Education in Prague. Between 1990 and 1993, he served as the founding executive director of the Civic Education Project -- an "academic peace corps" that supports higher education reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. He has also worked on the national staffs of two presidential campaigns, as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, legislative assistant to a member of Congress, and as a project consultant at the Center for National Policy.

Grand earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from the Government Honors Program at the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Henry Crown Fellow with The Aspen Institute.

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