What the Trump Administration’s Budget Means for the Middle East

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

A discussion with:

Paige Alexander
Former Assistant Administrator, USAID,
Bureau for the Middle East

Jim Kolbe
Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Former Member of the House of Representatives

Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Cole Bockenfeld
Deputy Director for Policy, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

POMED is pleased to invite you to the launch of our annual report, “The Foreign Affairs Budget: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa.” This publication, authored by POMED’s Executive Director Stephen McInerney and Deputy Director for Policy Cole Bockenfeld, provides a detailed analysis of U.S. funding and other support for democracy and governance in the Middle East over the past year and proposed assistance for the coming Fiscal Year.

The Trump administration’s first annual budget request has drawn attention for its proposed wide-ranging cuts to foreign assistance. Many in Congress have responded that the budget is “dead on arrival,” but it is not yet clear exactly what that may mean. What does the budget tell us about the administration’s priorities and approach to the region? What could be the impact of proposed changes and cuts on the U.S. relationship with the Middle East and North Africa, and for the state of human rights and democratic reform in the region?