Despite substantial congressional opposition, the Trump administration’s second annual budget request once again calls for wide-ranging cuts to foreign assistance. What does the budget tell us about the administration’s priorities and approach to the region? What could be the impact of proposed changes and cuts on the U.S. relationship with the Middle East and North Africa, and for the state of human rights and democratic reform in the region?

Thank you for attending the launch of POMED’s annual report, “President Trump’s Foreign Affairs Budget: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa for FY19.” Authored by POMED’s Deputy Director for Policy Andrew Miller and Advocacy Officer Todd Ruffner, the report analyzes U.S. funding and support for democracy and governance in the Middle East over the past year and proposed assistance for the coming fiscal year.

Friday, June 15, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Hart Senate Office Building
120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002


Dafna Rand
Vice President for Policy and Research,
Mercy Corps

Thomas M. Hill
Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Andrew Miller
Deputy Director for Policy, POMED

Moderated by:

Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, POMED

Event notes and panelist remarks available here.


President Trump and the Foreign Affairs Budget, Take Two: Implications for the Middle East