USA – The Federal Budget & Appropriations: impact on MENA


Starts: 12noon, June 10, 2014

Ends: 1:30PM, June 10, 2014

Place: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562

Join us at POMED and the Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America event for a panel discussion to release an annual publication, The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East. A light lunch will be served at the beginning of this event.

Due to security procedures at Dirksen Senate Office Building, guests are asked to add additional time to their travel plans to enter the premises. Click here to RSVP for the event.


The Project on Middle East Democracy and the Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America present: The Federal Budget & Appropriations: Democracy & Human Rights in the Middle East

The report, authored by POMED’s Executive Director Stephen McInerney and Advocacy Director Cole Bockenfeld, offers a detailed look at U.S. funding and assistance for democracy and governance in the Middle East, the congressional appropriations process, and implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East during a turbulent time. With political transitions – of varying degrees of success – in some states and political stalemate in others, it is important to examine U.S. funding for the Middle East and its impact on relations with nations in the region.

This publication focuses on several key questions: What does U.S. funding tell us about the priorities of the Obama administration and its policy response to the events in the Middle East? How are transitions in some states – and troubling trends in many – affecting U.S. assistance to the Middle East and North Africa? What are the most significant elements of U.S. funding and appropriations this year, particularly when compared to previous years? What has been the impact of ongoing budget cuts and sequestration on funding for the Middle East? And what might we expect from Congress during its ongoing appropriations process?

Please join us for a discussion of these issues with:

Lorne Craner
Former President, International Republican Institute
Cole Bockenfeld
Advocacy Director, Project on Middle East Democracy
Amy Hawthorne
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council
Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy
Copies of the full publication will be available for guests. An electronic version will also be available on our website on June 10, 2014. Please contact Alex Russell at with any questions.