Season 1,

Episode 5: Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes

September 28, 2017

Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, talks about the impacts of female leadership in foreign diplomacy and overcoming personal doubts and fears.

Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East during the Arab uprisings. Wittes is a co-host of Rational Security, a weekly podcast on foreign policy and national security issues.

“It’s not all on women to push themselves outside their comfort zone.  There’s a really important role for sponsors and mentors to say ‘this is a really good opportunity for you.'”

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