Middle East expert to discuss U.S. role in Israeli-Palestinian peace

Lara Friedman is director of policy and government relations for the organization Americans for Peace Now.

An expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East, Lara Friedman visits Bates College to discuss America’s role in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk).

The talk is the first public event presented by Bates College J Street U, a new student organization working to promote Middle East peace. For more information, please contact afriedma@bates.edu.

Director of policy and government relations for the nonprofit organization Americans for Peace Now, Friedman frequently meets and briefs members of Congress, administration officials, diplomats and other members of the foreign policy community. She is a resource for journalists and policymakers, and regularly publishes opinion and analysis pieces in the U.S. and Israeli press.

A former Foreign Service officer, she served in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut, and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Americans for Peace Now was established in 1981 to mobilize support for the Israeli peace movement Shalom Achshav. APN has evolved into a prominent organization espousing a pro-Israel, pro-peace, American Jewish perspective on issues and legislation, and working toward a comprehensive political settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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