Former CAP senior fellows Mara Rudman, Denis McDonough serving at the National Security Council.

denismara.jpg Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell is currently in Egypt, the first stop on his eight-day listening tour that will also include visits to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain. Yesterday in a meeting with his national security team, President Obama praised Mitchell as “a talented and dedicated public servant.” Also at this gathering were former Center for American Progress Senior Fellows Mara Rudman, who is now serving as executive secretary at the National Security Council (NSC), and Denis McDonough, who is the NSC’s director of strategic communications. Previously, Mara was deputy national security advisor to President Clinton and worked for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. McDonough was a close adviser to Obama during the campaign, served as a foreign policy adviser for Tom Daschle, and also worked for the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

While at CAP, both Mara and Denis were instrumental in launching Middle East Progress, which interviewed Mitchell in November 2007. Sign up here to receive the project’s Middle East Bulletin.