Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brookings Saban Center is No Longer

The Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy has dropped "Saban" from its name and is officially just The Center for Middle East Policy.

Here is more from Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center:
After an incredible 12 years that produced 33 monographs, 32 policy briefs and 16 books, the Brookings partnership with the Saban Family Foundation is entering a new phase. We will now operate as the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. The Saban Family Foundation and Brookings will continue our work together on the annual Saban Forum, in the spirit of our shared commitment to research and activities on Israel’s future and the future of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. We are deeply grateful to Cheryl and Haim Saban for their longstanding and generous support to Brookings and look forward to our next Saban Forum in December 2014.

The Saban Center launched in 2002 and was named after multi-billionaire American-Israeli film and television producer Haim Saban.  The Saban Family Foundation, led by Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl Saban, donated $13 million for the establishment of the Saban Center at Brookings.

Last year the Saban Center's Saban Forum hosted none other than President Barack Obama to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  Here is a video of that event.