Upcoming Speakers

Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations (DMCFR)

2017 – 2018  Speakers

February 14, 2018

Grant Rumley

Research Fellow,  Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Grant Rumley is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Palestinian politics. He is the co-author of The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas, the first English-language biography of the Palestinian leader.

Grant has published in leading media outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and Foreign Policy, and contributed commentary to The New York Times, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the 2015 FDD report “The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas: Understanding and Shaping Palestinian Succession.”

Prior to joining FDD, Grant was a visiting fellow at Mitvim, The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, where he authored, “Back to Basics: The Evolution of the Palestinian UN Campaign.” While in Jerusalem, Grant also founded and edited The Jerusalem Review of Near East Affairs. Previously, Grant served as a consultant in Washington on issues related to counter-terrorism, the Middle East, and war-gaming strategies.

Grant has an MA in Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University. In 2010, he studied Arabic at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and from 2012-2013 was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

March 13, 2018

Dr. Tanvi Madan
Director – The India Project
Fellow – Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy

Tanvi Madan is a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and director of The India Project. Madan’s work explores Indian foreign policy, focusing in particular on India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies.

Previously she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a dissertation entitled “With an Eye to the East: The China Factor and the U.S.-India Relationship, 1949-1979.” She has also previously been a research analyst at the Brookings Institution.

In addition to a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, Madan has a master’s in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor’s with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India. She has authored publications on India’s foreign policy, as well as its energy security policies.