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What is The Washington Institute's LINK program?

LINK is an opportunity to Learn, Inform, Network, and Know with other young professionals interested in Middle East policy and career development. A dynamic new initiative for aspiring policymakers, this series will offer diverse programs featuring Washington Institute experts and notable guests that address the substance of Middle East policy along with the professional aspirations of the participants.

Who attends LINK events?

LINK events are invite-only gatherings which aim to bring together a diverse group of young professionals working in academia, media, government, development, and defense. If you would like to be added to the invite list, please click here.

How to get involved:

LINK is a program for young professionals, by young professionals. We are always looking for new, creative ways to engage, inform, and empower others in our generation to address key issues in Middle East policy. If you are interested in volunteering for an event, proposing a speaker or topic, or even giving a presentation yourself, please contact us at [email protected].


Past Link Events

Covering Foreign Policy from the White House
Featuring Carol Lee, Dennis Ross, Mike Singh
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

LINK's End of the Year Celebration: LINK Talks
Featuring Olivier Decottignies, Hanin Ghaddar, Rosie Gray, Amb. Jim Jeffrey,
Mary Louise Kelly, David Schenker, Felicia Schwartz

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Bier Baron

The Role of Women in ISIS
Featuring Zainab Al-Suwaij, Hassan Hassan, and Jacob Olidort
Moderated by Sarah Feuer

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reporting from War Zones
Featuring Nancy Youssef, Simon Henderson and Andrew Tabler
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Egypt: The Next Phase of U.S.-Egyptian Relations in a Troubled Region
Featuring Ambassador Yasser Reda and Robert Satloff
Monday, May 16, 2016

Salafism 101: Understanding ISIS' Roots
Featuring Jacob Olidort
Thursday, March 31, 2016

LINK's Trivia Night at Bier Baron
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Bier Baron

LINK's End of the Year Celebration: LINK Talks
Featuring Ambassador James F. Jeffrey and Elahe Izadi
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LINK's End of the Year Celebration: LINK Talks
Tuesday, December 16, 2015

After Paris: How to Respond to the ISIS Threat
Featuring Deborah Amos, Olivier Decottignies, Michael Eisenstadt, and Andrew Tabler
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Beyond the Numbers: Inside the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Featuring Philipp Ackermann, Bassam Barabandi, Margaret Brennan, and David Pollock
Moderated by Cameron Hudson

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

So You Want to Be a Foreign Policy Expert?
Featuring Sarah Feuer, Simon Henderson, David Makovsky, Dana Stroul, and Tamara Wittes
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Beacon Bar & Grill

Dining with the Scholars: A Special Evening of Dinner and In-Depth Conversation
Featuring Andrew Tabler, David Pollock, and Matthew Levitt
Monday, June 1, 2015

Iraq in the Balance: An Exclusive Simulation Exercise
Featuring Col. Chris Forbes, Lt. Col. Scott Vickery, and Com. Chad Wahlin
Monday, April 13, 2015

Inside the Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Featuring Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Michael Singh
Thursday, February 26, 2015

LINK's End of the Year Celebration: LINK Talks
Featuring Ambassador James F. Jeffrey and Elahe Izadi
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Bier Baron

Jordan: Resilience in the Face of Regional Challenges
Featuring Ambassador Alia Hatoug Bouran, David Makovsky, and David Schenker
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jordanian Embassy

Syria: A Fire Within Film Screening
Featuring Ammar Abdulhamid, Emmanuel Benhamou, and Oula Alrifai
Moderated by Patrick Clawson

Thursday, September 18, 2014
West End Theater

Intern Event: Loved? Liked? Respected? The Success and Failure of U.S. Public Diplomacy
Featuring Robert Satloff and Ambassador James F. Jeffrey
Moderated by Viola Gienger

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dinner and Discussion: How to Develop a Niche in Middle East Policy
Featuring Simon Henderson, Andrew J. Tabler, and Aaron Y. Zelin
Monday, August 4, 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Is this a Dead End or Temporary Road Block?
Featuring David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari
Moderated by Hilary Krieger

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Weinberg Founders Conference Plenary Dinner
Keynote Address by Martin Indyk
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Ritz Carlton Hotel

Careers in Middle East Policy: Tales from the Field
Featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross, Lori Plokin Boghardt, and Eric Trager
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For more information, contact Jennie Graves at 202-759-9479 x322 or email [email protected].