Thursday, April 12, 2018
Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW), will provide an analysis of current developments in the Middle East and how they tie into US foreign policy. Based on HRW's work in the region, her talk will focus primarily on the conflicts in the region in which the US is currently involved.
Showcasing her current work in the Middle East, Sarah Leah Whitson will discuss the region and the role of US foreign policy and will highlight the particular ways in which these modern day conflict situations tie directly to Armenian Genocide remembrance.
Whitson is the executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division and oversees the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and investigative missions throughout the region, focusing on issues of armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers, and political rights. She has published widely on human rights issues in the Middle East in international and regional media, including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN. She appears regularly on Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and CNN. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Whitson worked in New York for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Whitson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She speaks Armenian and Arabic.
Whitson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Ms. Whitson will deliver the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights’ Fourth Annual Lecture on Armenian Studies.