Erin Wroblewski

Erin Wroblewski (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in East Jerusalem): Erin earned a BA with distinction from Indiana University and spent two years as a Fulbright scholar in Austria. She has also worked for the Germany Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Crises in Berlin and spent the summer of 2006 working in HIV/AIDS prevention in Arusha, Tanzania. Erin graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2007, with an MA in German and European Studies and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. While pursuing her master’s degree at Georgetown, Erin worked at the Washington office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) - a German foundation committed to the principles of social democracy.



Pre Departure

23 May

As a 2007 Advocacy Project Fellow for Peace I am preparing to work in the East Jerusalem office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) is Germany’s oldest and largest political foundation. Founded in the aftermath of WWI, banned by the Nazis and reborn under the Marshall Plan, the FES is a living monument to democracy. With a staff of nearly 600, an annual budget of 111 million Euros and offices in 90 countries, the FES hardly resembles the small organizations that my Advocacy Project colleagues will work with. It does, however, play a role in advancing international cooperation and engendering positive peace similar to AP partners in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Italy and elsewhere.

I was placed as an AP Peace Fellow with the FES largely because of my familiarity with the organization. Since September 2006 I have been working for the FES office in Washington. As Congressional Liaison I coordinate meetings between Members of the German Parliament and Members of the US Congress, inform the Hill about Berlin, inform Berlin about the Hill and research transatlantic cooperation around the world- often in the Middle East. As an AP fellow I will leave my colleagues on K Street for a new home in East Jerusalem without leaving the FES global network.

In the Middle East, the FES works in both the Palestinian Territories and Israel. On the FES Palestine website you will read: “With respect to the government of the Palestinian Autonomous Areas, their topics include supporting reform efforts of the executive, social security systems, and financial policies. With respect to civil society, they include political surveys, adult education, elections, universities as elements of a pluralistic public, gender politics, and labor organizations. With respect to international dialogue, they work to establish fora in Germany and Europe, encounters of future political leaders, cross-border co-operation with Israeli partners and encounters with Arab neighbors.”

As an American working with a German foundation in a predominantly Palestinian community in Israel my fellowship alone conjures a litany of sensitive questions. In the coming months I plan to explore these issues as well as survey the realities of living and working in Jerusalem.

Posted By Erin Wroblewski

Posted May 23rd, 2007

2 Comments

  • Kim Wroblewski

    June 19, 2007

     

    Given the spin of any information that makes the network news here in the US, it’s a miracle anyone seeing nothing else knows anything. Your description of events leaves a lasting impression that the situation is not hopeless. Indicators that “normal” things are going on around the tragedy feel like there may be some familiarity with tragedy of this scope…like an expectation of simply getting through the day. Keep your optimism and bring all of us some meaningful hopefulness, maybe even an idea or two…be aware and stay in front of it.

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