From 1986 to today, USIP’s Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship program has supported research, writing and in-house advising on a wide variety of topics related to peace and violent conflict. The program's more than 320 past fellows have studied everything from the influence of Track Two Diplomacy on U.S.-Russia relations to the effects of oil and other natural resources on prospects for peace.
Current Senior Fellows include:
Ambassador Hesham Youssef is a career diplomat and former Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (2014-2019). From 2001-2014, he served in the Arab League as Official Spokesman, and, later, the Chief of Staff to Secretary General Amr Moussa, from 2003- 2011. From 2012-2014, Ambassador Youssef was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr. Nabil Elaraby. Amb. Youssef advisied on issues pertaining to crisis management as well as the reform of the Arab League.
He was a member of the Egyptian negotiating team in the Multilateral Middle East Peace Negotiations as part of the Madrid Process, and has remained heavily engaged on this issue, including in Track II regional security forums. Ambassador Youssef joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt in 1985 and was posted to the Egyptian Embassy in Canada (1988-1992) and the Egyptian Mission in Geneva where he focused mainly on economic and trade issues in the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (1995-1999). He was a member of the Cabinet of the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992-1995 and 1999-2001.
Ambassador Youssef is a central part of the USIP Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Program’s effort to study the changing geopolitical context surrounding Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Ambassador Youssef will be instrumental in a USIP and Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy partnership study group on the issue. The project will consider bilateral and multilateral progress on the peace process and aims to generate multi-stakeholder-directed recommendations for preventing deterioration and promoting progress toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian and broader Arab-Israeli conflicts.