Yair Hirschfeld is the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute. Hirschfeld is currently teaching at the University of Haifa in the Department of Middle Eastern History. Hirschfeld was a member of the Israeli team that prepared the first Israeli-Palestinian blueprint for the Permanent Status Agreement. He is also the director general of the Tel Aviv-based Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF).
Our Voice of the Week is Dr Tamara Cofman Wittes, speaking at an IISS event in London, which asked: Is the US abandoning the Middle East? Dr Wittes is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. The event was chaired by Emile Hokayem and took place on 4 March 2019.