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Want to be a "citizen diplomat" with CNI to the Middle East this spring?

Want to be a "citizen diplomat" with CNI to the Middle East this spring?

Do you want to be a "citizen diplomat" with CNI to the Middle East this spring?

The CNI Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2008 "political pilgrimage," a 16-day tour of Israel and her neighbors. We have organized several "political pilgrimages" to the Middle East over the last ten years and would now like to extend the same opportunity to CNI Foundation supporters, friends and family who are interested in learning more about American foreign policy in the Middle East. The trip is limited to 10 people per pilgrimage; therefore, we urge those interested to apply as soon as possible. The deadline is February 25, 2007.

Now is your chance to be a "citizen diplomat" to the Middle East and conduct interviews with the political leaders of the area.

In the summer of 2007, the CNIF delegation toured Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel. While on their pilgrimage to Egypt they had the opportunity to interview Essam el-Erian, spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa. In Amman, they met with Jordanian Prime Minister, Marouf Bakhit and in Damascus, Syria they spoke with Michael Corbin, the U.S. Embassy charges d'affairs. Shortly after arriving in Lebanon, the delegation was received by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud as well as a number of Lebanese officials including Prime Minister Siniora. In Israel the team had a tour of the Knesset and met with many other leaders and activists. For a full list of meetings, please contact us.

In the fall of 2007, the CNIF delegation toured Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Along with peace activists and non-governmental organizations, the delegation met with high-ranking officials in each country. In Palestine, the delegation spoke with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki and Dr. Saeb Erekat. While in Jordan, the delegation met with Foreign Minister Abdelelah Al-Khatib and the Minister of International Cooperation Suheir Al-Ali. In Damascus, meetings were held with Vice President Al-Sharaa and with Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas. Finally, in Lebanon, the group met with President Lahoud, Prime Minister Siniora, and MP Saad Hariri, US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman, MP General Michel Aoun and Nadim Khoury of Human Rights Watch. For a full list of meetings, please contact us.
To apply:

1.      Click here to be transferred to the CNI Foundation website

2.      Print out and complete the general application form

3.      Include a copy of an updated resume or CV with the application form

4.      Print out and complete the Medical Release Form

5.      Send all documents to:
Shannon O'Hara
Program Director
CNI Foundation
1250 4th St. SW
Suite WG-1
Washington, DC 20024

6.      Or you can fax the documents to: (202) 863-2952

7.      Applicants will be contacted to schedule a brief phone interview no more than one week after his or her completed application has been received.

If you are interested in joining us this fall and would like more information, please contact Shannon O'Hara at 202-863-2951 x301 or by email at Shannon@cnionline.org.
We look forward to your applications!
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