Sunday, November 5 , 2pm | La Casa de las Campanas
Hancock Park, Los Angeles
Home of Dr. Patricia Gordon and the late Leonard Hill
with special guest Dr. Colin Kahl
Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden
This year at our annual J Street Los Angeles celebration, with Israel’s 70th birthday and J Street’s 10th anniversary fast approaching, we’re taking stock of all that we’ve accomplished – and preparing to go above and beyond to safeguard our values and fight for a better future for Israel, for our country and for the American Jewish community. We’re celebrating the powerful political home that we’ve built, and envisioning what we can accomplish as we continue to grow.
Colin H. Kahl is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Strategic Consultant to the Penn-Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. In January 2018, he will join the faculty at Stanford University as the inaugural Steven C. Hazy senior fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
From October 2014 to January 2017, he was deputy assistant to President Obama and national security advisor to Vice President Biden. From February 2009 to December 2011, Dr. Kahl was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East at the Pentagon, with responsibility for Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, and six other countries in the Levant and Gulf region. In June 2011, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. In 2007-2009, he was a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a nonpartisan Washington, DC-based think tank, and he directed the CNAS Middle East program from 2012 to 2014. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D in political science at Columbia University and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.