On July 31st, United States Institute of Peace Senior Policy Scholar, Mona Yacoubian and fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program, Perry Cammack discussed the destabilizing effects of Middle East conflict (including the Syrian Civil War) on Jordan and Lebanon. The discussion was moderated by Graeme Bannerman, a member of Partnership for a Secure America’s Board of Directors and a scholar at the Middle East Institute. The briefing focused on regional conflicts including the Syrian Civil War and clashes between Hezbollah and Jabhat al-Nusra, and the migration of refugees and internally displaced people across national borders into Jordan and Lebanon.
This was a closed, off-the-record event for congressional staff.
Ms. Yacoubian and Mr. Cammack discussed ways in which the US Congress can support the political and economic resilience of Jordan and Lebanon as they continue to house enormous populations of refugees. Both speakers advised that traditional in-kind assistance is not a sustainable solution to the ongoing displacement of civilians by regional conflicts.
Mona Yacoubian is currently a Senior Policy Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to joining USIP Ms. Yacoubian served as deputy assistant administrator in the Middle East Bureau at USAID from 2014-2017 where she had responsibility for Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Ms. Yacoubian’s previous positions include senior advisor at the Stimson Center where her work focused on the Arab Uprisings with an emphasis on Syria. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Ms. Yacoubian served as a special advisor on the Middle East at the U.S. Institute of Peace where her work focused on Lebanon and Syria as well as broader issues related to democratization in the Arab world.
Ms. Yacoubian’s research focuses on conflict analysis and prevention in the Middle East, with a specific focus on Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. Her interests also include fragility and resilience.
Ms. Yacoubian was a fulbright scholar in Syria where she studied Arabic at the University of Damascus from 1985 to 1986. She has held an international affairs fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and is currently a CFR member. Ms. Yacoubian earned an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Duke University.
Perry Cammack is a fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on long-term regional trends and their implications for American foreign policy.
Prior to joining Carnegie in August 2015, Cammack worked on issues related to the Middle East as part of the policy planning staff of Secretary of State John Kerry from 2013 to 2015 and as a senior professional staff member for then senator Kerry on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) from 2009 to 2012. From 2003 to 2006, he worked on the SFRC staff of then senator Joseph Biden, Jr.
Cammack has a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and philosophy from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a part-time adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.