The project is co-directed by Martin S. Indyk, director of the Saban Center at Brookings, and Gary Samore, vice president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is comprised of fifteen experts from the staffs of the two establishments.
The group is divided into small teams, two or three experts each, who are focusing on specific policy issues:
Overview & Policy Conclusions
Richard N. Haass, President, CFR
Martin S. Indyk, Director, Saban Center at Brookings
Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillion Fellow, CFR
Shibley Telhami, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR
Daniel L. Byman, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, CFR
Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Stephen Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, CFR
Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Kenneth M. Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Political & Economic Development
Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, CFR
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Gary Samore, Vice President and Director of Studies, CFR
Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy
Ariel Kastner of the Saban Center at Brookings and Katie Ivanick of the Council on Foreign Relations facilitate the coordination of the strategy group. Andrew Apostolou of the Saban Center at Brookings will edit the policy reports.
The strategy group will circulate trip reports to the Board of Advisors. Drafts of the policy papers will also be discussed with the Board of Advisors and will be published as a book.
Each team will travel to relevant parts of the region for fact-finding purposes and dialogue with regional figures from government, academia, the media, and the private sector. They will attempt to reach a consensus view on the specific policy options they present.
There will be no attempt to reach consensus across the entire strategy group but other members of the group will be expected to provide input and feedback for each of the team reports and papers.
The David Rockefeller Studies Program is CFR’s “think tank.” Its work is integral to achieving CFR’s goal of contributing to the foreign policy debate. Fellows in the Studies Program do this by researching, writing, and commenting on the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.