Fadi Elsalameen (born in Hebron on December 12, 1983, Arabic: فادي السلامين ) is a non-resident fellow at The Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Elsalameen is also the president of the Palestinian Security Project, a new think tank that has been created to develop a Palestinian national security vision and strategy. Elsalameen is also an adjunct senior fellow at the American Security Project, a Washington, DC Fadi Elsalameen was born in Hebron in 1983 and moved to the U.S. in 2000. He is currently a non-resident fellow at The Foreign Policy Institute at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and president of the Palestinian Security Project, a new think tank seeking to develop a Palestinian national security strategy. In addition to these roles, Elsalameen is also an adjunct senior fellow at the American Security Project, a Washington, DC think tank. Previously, Elsalameen was a fellow with the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program, a nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Before that, he served as the director of institutional advancement at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) where he secured the first foundation grant to the organization.
Elsalameen has also worked extensively with youth employment groups in the Middle East. From 2005 to 2007 he served as a program adviser at the Imaginenations Group where he worked with teams of international development finance and youth experts to design investment strategies for youth in the Middle East and South America.
Fund for Palestinian students. According to an interview with Haaretz, through the Fadi Elsalameen Fund for Students in Need (Arabic: صندوق فادي السلامين للطالب المحتاج), Elsalameen funds around 30 Palestinian students annually to go to Hebron University.
Fadi Elsalameen has promoted medical aid in crisis events in Palestine. He also is part of the PCRF organization, who sends volunteer teams of surgeons and other medical personnel to treat patients and train professionals at local hospitals in the Middle East.
Elsalameen worked as a program adviser at the Imaginenations Group where he worked with teams of international development finance and youth experts to design investment strategies for youth in the Middle East and South America.
Elsalameen became a vocal critic of the current Palestinian government. In February, 2011 Elsalameen called for the resignation of Palestinian President Mamhmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an article he first published in Ma’an News.
“El-Salameen has spent much of his time in the U.S. and has achieved a certain prominence—he is quietly charismatic, a world-class networker, the sort of person who is invited to international conferences—but he is now spending more time at home in Hebron, organizing the March 15 movement in the West Bank’s largest city. ‘I met some of the leaders of the Tahrir Square movement at a conference in Doha,’ he tells me. ‘They don’t fit the usual profile of a ‘youth leader.’ They are low-key, well educated but not wealthy. They are figuring it out as they go along, trying to figure out what works.”
His comments about the non-violent resistance among Palestinians were also highlighted in an article in The Economist.
“Palestinian commentators and organisers, including Fadi Elsalameen and Moustafa Barghouthi, have spent the last couple of years pointing out that these complaints resolutely ignore the actual and growing Palestinian non-violent resistance movement… (http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/05/israel_and_palestine_0)”
The political prospects of Elsalameen were highlighted by American political commentator M.J. Rosenberg who predicted that he will run for president one day in a piece published on TPM cafe.
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