Gala 2013

Support the Olive Tree Initiative!


Dear Friends and Alumni of the Olive Tree Initiative,



We are pleased to invite you to join us for an informative and engaging evening shared with the OTI 6 Students who are preparing for their summer trips to Turkey and Armenia and the Middle East.  We will hear from keynote speaker, ROBERT MALLEY on "The Future of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East."


Robert Malley has been Director of the International Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program since January 2002.   In that capacity, he directs teams of analysts in Israel, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and the Gulf.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Until January 2001, Mr. Malley was Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs and Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. In this capacity, he served as a principal advisor to the President and the National Security Advisor at the White House on the Middle East peace process.

Mr. Malley joined the National Security Council staff in August 1994 as Director for Democracy. He helped coordinate U.S. refugee policy and efforts to promote democracy and human rights abroad. He also played a leading role in U.S. policy toward Cuba. In July 1997, he became Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor from July 1997 to September 1998, acting as an informal chief of staff for Samuel R. Berger. Mr. Malley served as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court in 1991-1992.

Mr. Malley is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author in particular of The Call from Algeria: Third Worldism, Revolution and the Turn to Islam and, with Hussein Agha, of “Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors ,” “The Last Negotiation”, “Three Men in a Boat”, “Hamas – The Perils of Power”, and “The Arab Counterrevolution”.  His articles have appeared in the New York Review of BooksForeign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Le Monde.  


Tickets: $150 per person -- Sponsorship Opportunities Available

 [Complementary Valet Parking]

[Vegetarian Meal Option Available]


ALL the money raised at the Gala goes toward the cost of the students' trips to the Middle East and Turkey/Armenia -- Thank you!


May 19, 2013 at 6pm - 9pm
The Center Club
650 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
United States
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Susan Seely · · 949 824-9062

Will you come?