Right now for work (well, not right now, but until 2 minutes ago), I am trying to compile a bibliography to help people read up on what the ostensibly knowledgeable people are saying about the terrorist threat within the United States. It is a shitty task, because I am a really excellent, capable legal intern, and my job wastes me (I have already asked my supervisor to ALSO do a bunch of long-term legal research projects - we'll see if that happens. My organization is really good at trying to find quick band-aids for the bullet wounds anytime one of our concerns get shot, but no ability to think about what legal issues we need to address now BEFORE they are lying bleeding on the floor. And let me tell you, if you are doing national security/counterterrorism law and human rights, all of your ideas will eventually be hit by snipers from Congress or the White House).
ANYWAY. So, I am poking around via google into the echo chamber that is habituated by Serious People with Serious Thoughts on such things. And I was looking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for any useful speeches. And as I scrolled down the page, I stopped looking at the titles of the speeches to see if they should be included in my bibliography, and started looking at the pictures. Wait, I'll let you do it. Go look here.
Not only is there not a single woman, MAYBE ONE of these dudes is a person of color, by image or name. ONE. And I don't think the name "Juan Carlos Zarate" is Arabic or anything.
Not that I'm surprised, necessarily. It's just a sad reminder of how far we have to go (and how stupid our fucking terrorism policy is. I mean, really, you can be the an organization that solely produces "Near East" policy with no one from the Near East? For fuck's sake).