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June 9, 2010: News, Research & Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Baker Institute Update: Roundtable dinner focuses on Middle East policy

Roundtable dinner focuses on Middle East policy

Whether it's an intimate luncheon, an evening lecture or a two-day conference, Baker Institute Roundtable members have a unique opportunity to hear directly from policymakers and scholars, and to discuss issues that affect the nation and the world. 

The institute recently hosted its annual invitation-only director's dinner for Partner-, Diplomat- and Ambassador-level Roundtable members. Edward P. Djerejian — our founding director and the former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel — discussed Middle East peace prospects as presented in the institute report "Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement," and led an informal question-and-answer session. "Ambassador Djerejian's highly relevant presentation on the Middle East sparked a lively discussion among the Roundtable members," said Roundtable chair Beth Robertson, pictured center with (from left) Muffet Blake and Roundtable honorary co-chair Susan Baker.

"It  was a true evening of substance and a reminder of why I originally joined the Roundtable," Robertson added. "As Roundtable members, our support helps make research like Ambassador Djerejian's possible and promotes the institute's broader mission of engaging the community in public policy."
 
In the past year, the institute has welcomed speakers such as Jehan Sadat, the widow of Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Anwar Sadat; former U.S. secretary of the treasury Henry M. Paulson; and several foreign ministers who navigated the diplomatic process leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Roundtable members also attended lectures featuring leaders in the oil, health, science and technology industries.

Founded in 1997, the Baker Institute Roundtable has grown to approximately 800 members from all walks of life. If you are interested in joining or participating in a policy-specific focus group, please call 713.348.8087. Special membership rates are available for young professionals.


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