Foundation for Middle East Peace

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The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) is an American nonprofit organization that promotes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The organization was established in 1979 by Merle Thorpe, Jr.[1] Lara Friedman is the current President of the Foundation.


The Foundation advances its goals through education and advocacy and the publication of books and pamphlets about the conflict. FMEP also has a speakers’ program to introduce Israeli, Palestinian, and other experts to U.S. audiences and its own officers also engage in public speaking. The organization also has a small grant program to support groups that contribute to peace between Israel and Palestine.

FMEP pays particular attention to the effect that Israeli settlements have on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. In 1992, the Foundation introduced its bimonthly "Report on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories." The Report contains detailed information and analysis on settlements and related issues.[citation needed]

Trustees, officers, and staff[edit]

FMEP Officers are:[2]

  • Lara Friedman is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Lara was the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now, and before that she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut.
  • Kristin McCarthy is the Director of Policy & Operations. Prior to joining FMEP Kristin worked at the Arab American Institute.
  • Philip Sweigart is the Director of Programs & Philanthropy. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service, and received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies from the University of Virginia.

Past Presidents of FMEP: Matthew Duss[3] , Ambassador Philip Wilcox (ret).


The Foundation for Middle East Peace supports its publication, education, outreach, and grant programs with funds from an endowment from its founder, the late Merle Thorpe, Jr., and from donations. The Foundation is a non-profit charitable and educational organization qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.[4]


  1. ^ History Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, FMEP.
  2. ^ [1], FMEP.
  3. ^ Klion, David (6 February 2019). "Who Is Matt Duss, and Can He Take On Washington's 'Blob'? Bernie Sanders's foreign-policy adviser is part of a new generation of progressives fighting an entrenched status quo". The Nation. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ Donate, FMEP.

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