Dr. Michele Dunne, the Director of Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, has spoken at an AIPAC Policy conference to better inform the Israel lobby cadres. The Rafik Hariri center was established by a Bahaa Hariri donation. Bahaa is the eldest son of late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The director, a former White House and State Department official, was at an AIPAC policy conference panel on Egypt, alongside the infamous Israeli General Michael Herzog, who was a leading military figure during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon. You can find below more details on the conference, including the participation of Dr. Shibli Talhami:
The Hariri Center, dedicated to Middle Eastern studies (and, seemingly, helping AIPAC stay informed), was launched in September last year. Here are the details of the launch:
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atlantic Council, the preeminent, non-partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security, is proud to announce the formation of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Named for the late Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister who was assassinated in 2005, the Atlantic Council's new center will reflect Mr. Hariri's efforts to rise above the Middle East's sectarianism and promote innovative policies to advance economic, social, civil and political liberalization and sustainable conflict resolution.
Made possible by Bahaa Hariri's founding gift and with the Hariri family's support, the center will work closely with experts and institutions in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and North America to advance productive economic and political cooperation among the three regions.
"My father believed that many of the answers to our region's problems would come over time through greater political, social, civil and economic convergence with Europe and the United States," said Bahaa Hariri, the late prime minister's eldest son and a prominent business leader. "No organization can better capture that mission than the Atlantic Council."
In support of the Center's goals, the Atlantic Council recently named Michele Dunne, a former White House and State Department official, as the director of the new Center."
Furthermore, Michele Dunne is attending a conference for another Israel lobby, the presumably centrist J Street. Apparently, Ehud Olmert is attending this conference, along with Annahar newspaper's Washington Correspondent, Hisham Milhim. Here is the link.