Middle-Eastern politics with esteemed panelists


The Summer Institute at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center opens its six-week speaker series tonight with an impressive pair of panelists whose authority on matters of global politics is hard to match.

Martin Indyk is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution. He was previously the founding director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and a Brookings senior fellow. He served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001.

Bruce Riedel is a former CIA officer who focuses on political transition, terrorism, and conflict resolution. Mr. Riedel was a senior advisor to three U.S. presidents on Middle East and South Asian issues. He chaired an interagency review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan for the White House at the request of President Obama that was completed in 2009.

“The theme of the Summer Institute this season is From the Front Lines,” says Betsy Sheer, who chairs the Summer Institute committee, “and this opening forum certainly lives up to the title. We expect our audience on Thursday will come away with fresh insights into the dynamics among the United States and the nations of the Middle East and Persian Gulf.”

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door. All Summer Institute programs are held at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven.