Please join PGI for a discussion on Yemen and the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC's) role in the country for the coming year. We will begin with opening remarks by three individuals with unique experiences in the region followed by a group discussion -that includes you! It will be moderated by PGI President Shahed Ghoreishi and will feature PGI Research Director Robert Bonn. The event will also include time for networking and further discussion in a more informal setting at the end. The bios of our panelists are below. Please reserve your tickets soon because space is limited in order to promote a quality group discussion. We look forward to seeing you there!
Paul Leuck was the DC-based project manager for the USAID-funded Yemen Monitoring and Evaluation Project from 2011-2013 and worked at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies, in Sana’a, Yemen between 2010 and 2011. He has written extensively on Yemeni politics for Mic.com and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He has interned with the U.S. Department of State and is currently a management consultant.
Mohammed Al-Samawi, a 29-year old peace activist, came to the United States in May 2015 after escaping from Al-Qaeda and the civil war in Yemen. Mohammed is the Regional Coordinator for MENA at the International Center of Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington, D.C. Prior to the outbreak of war in Yemen and his harrowing escape, Mohammed worked in Yemen as a senior logistics officer with Oxfam and World Relief. As a freelance researcher for more than 2 years with Boehncke Information Technology GmbH, he wrote more than 30 studies and reports from inside Yemen and the surrounding region, including 12 studies in Sudan and the Darfur area. He is now writing his memoir with Harper Collins, and is in the process of selling the rights to make a movie based on his evacuation last year.
Morgan Byrne-Diakun works as a research manager for Tesla Government, Inc. where he oversees the company's research of political, military, social, and economic issues in the Arabian Peninsula. Concurrently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Security Studies Review, the official academic journal of the Georgetown Security Studies Program (SSP). Morgan has spent time living and working in Jordan and Tunisia as a study abroad program manager and is proficient in several dialects of Arabic. Morgan has a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature from the University of Virginia and is pursuing an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.