Michael Yaffe is currently the vice president of the Middle East and Africa center at the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to January 2017, he was the senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the U.S. Department of State. Between 2001 and 2012, he was the academic dean and distinguished professor of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Previously, Dr. Yaffe was a career foreign affairs officer concentrating on the Middle East peace negotiations, regional security and nonproliferation, and served on U.S. delegations to the “Madrid” Middle East Arms Control and Regional Security talks, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, International Atomic Energy Agency and NATO. He is the recipient of several State Department Superior Honor and Group Meritorious Honor Awards. Prior to joining the U.S. Government in 1993, Dr. Yaffe was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1988-89).

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Mike Yaffe on Iraq and Syria Event

Mike Yaffe on Iraq and Syria Event

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

By: Michael Yaffe

Following USIP’s event “Iraq and Syria: Views from the U.S. Administration, Military Leaders and the Region,” Mike Yaffe provides key takeaways from the panel featuring CENTCOM Commander General Votel, USAID Administrator Green, and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS McGurk. "Iraq and Syria are complex and starkly different from one another," says Yaffe, "but the key goals are the same: concentrate on defeating ISIS and work by, with, and through local people to stabilize each country."

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