Speakers & Performers

Conference speakers

Co-sponsored by The Nation, CODEPINK, the Institute for Policy Studies and Just Foreign Policy

Preventing War, Promoting Peace: Shifting US Policy Toward Real Diplomacy with Iran

Sanam Anderlini

Sanam Anderlini

Sanam Anderlini, Author & Activist
Sanam Anderlini is the co-founder of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN), a US-based NGO dedicated to supporting civil society activism in peace and security in conflict affected countries. Active with multiple UN agencies on the rights of women, Sanam has also written extensively on the issues that she advocates for.

Jamal Abdi

Jamal Abdi, Analyst & Advocate
Jamal Abdi is the Policy Director of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Prior to NIAC, Abdi worked as the Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA).

Kate Gould

Kate Gould, Advocate
Kate Gould is the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Kate leads FCNL’s lobbying work to prevent war with Iran and to support a just and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman, Analyst & Activist
Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. He edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. He is also president of the board of Truthout. Previously, Naiman worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

US Policy on the Arab Uprisings: Supporting Democracy or Israel’s interests?

Bassam Haddad

Bassam Haddad, Scholar & Writer
Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University, and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal, is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and has directed/produced several award winning documentaries.

Dina Darwish

Dina Darwish

Dina Darwish, Physician & Activist
Dina Darwish is an Egyptian-American activist and physician practicing in the Northern Virginia area. She is a founding member of the Egyptian Association for Change-USA, an organization founded in 2010 to support the movement for change in Egypt. The Association worked, in coordination with activists in Egypt, on building support in the US for political reform before, during and after the January 25th, 2011 Egyptian uprising.

Cathy Schneider

Cathy Schneider, Professor
Cathey writes and teaches on social movements, political violence, criminal justice, race, ethnicity and immigration in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publications include, among others, the books Shantytown Protest in Pinochet’s Chile (Temple University Press, 1995) and Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York 1960 – 2010 (currently under review), “Violence and State Repression: Debating the Arab Spring,” “Police Power and Race Riots in Paris,” and many more.

Palestine, Israel & the U.S. – Changing Discourse, Challenging Policy

Roane Carey

Roane Carey, Managing Editor of The Nation
Roane Carey writes credibly on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, having spent significant time in the West Bank. Roane was the editor of The New Intifada and co-edited The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent with Jonathan Shaini.

Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis, Author & Analyst
Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and serves on the steering committee of the US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She speaks and writes widely on US foreign policy, Middle East and United Nations issues. Her books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.

Omar Baddar

Omar Baddar, Advocate
Omar Baddar is the New Media Coordinator at the Arab American Institute (AAI). He blogs on the Huffington Post, and his media appearances include BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, and RT TV.

Felicia Eaves

Felicia Eaves, Activist & Advocate
Felicia Eaves has been a dedicated human rights activist and advocate for nearly 20 years. Felicia became active in the most recent U.S. anti-war movement and served as Vice Chair of Black Voices for Peace. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry, Author & Comedian
Author of Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, Suad is also the director and founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation.

Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi, Poet & Writer
Remi Kanazi is a poet and writer based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine.

Said Durrah

Said Durrah, Comedian
Born in Detroit, Palestinian-Jordanian American comedian Said Durrah has performed his comedy all over the United States as part of hit tours such as Arabs Gone Wild, 1001 Laughs, Funatical Comedy, and even a performance on Broadway in 2010.

Head Roc

Head-Roc, DC Hip-Hop Artist
For nearly twenty years Head-Roc has been regarded as the best that DC Hip-Hop has to offer. Dubbed “The Mayor of DC Hip Hop”, Head-Roc has come to embody the passions, hopes and dreams of a wonderfully talented, and all too often overlooked DC Black music scene.

Workshop Speakers

Josh Ruebner

Josh Ruebner, Organizer & Researcher
Josh Ruebner is National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Nancy Kricorian

Nancy Kricorian, Author & Activist
Nancy Kricorian, who is the campaign manager for the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott, has been on the staff of CODEPINK Women for Peace since 2003. She is the author of the novels ZABELLE, DREAMS OF BREAD AND FIRE, and the forthcoming ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS. In 2010 she traveled through the West Bank as part of the Palestine Festival of Literature, and in 2011 she taught at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Birzeit.