Kate Gould

Legislative Representative, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould

Kate Gould serves as the Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy. Kate directs FCNL's lobbying on Middle East policy, and is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to support diplomatic solutions to disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.

Gould was profiled in 2015 as the “Quaker Lobbyist Behind the Iran Deal Fight,” by Congressional Quarterly, an outlet with readership that includes 95% of members of Congress. Kate's analysis on Middle East policy has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, AFP and other national outlets. Kate has appeared as an on-air analyst for various TV and radio programs, including the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, The Thom Hartmann Show, The Real News Network and CCTV. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project, and serves as a board member of the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Before coming to FCNL, Kate taught Palestinian school teachers for AMIDEAST while coordinating a radio program on peacebuilding efforts at a joint Israeli-Palestinian think tank in Jerusalem. Kate also interned for Senator Jeff Merkley both in her hometown of Medford, Oregon and in his Washington, DC office. Kate is inspired every day by people she met in the Middle East who practice nonviolence in the face of so much violence: the Palestinian shepherds, Israeli rabbis, Palestinian women’s cooperative owners, therapists in Gaza treating children who have lived through three wars, and Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have started over to make a new life. Kate is a member of the Friends Meeting of Washington.


Articles by Kate Gould

FCNL in the News Stop the Saudi Slaughter 

The United Nation's recent announcement of a 72 hour truce in Yemen is a step forward, but it is not enough. To stop the bloodshed for more than three days, Washington must fully commit to cutting off weapons transfers if Saudi Arabia refuses to end its war on civilians there.

Update Analysis: Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R. 5732)  

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R.5732) would undermine its stated goal to encourage a negotiated political solution to halt the slaughter of the Syrian people. Ultimately, as countless U.S. officials and Syria experts have pointed out, a political settlement is the only way to stop the killing.

Update Syria: Diplomacy, Not More War 

With Aleppo burning and war drums beating, it’s more urgent than ever to continue to press for the only way to stop the bloodshed in Syria: an immediate negotiated ceasefire, and ultimately, a political solution to end the crisis.

Press Release FCNL Applauds 27 Senators Who Voted to Block Saudi Arms Deal 

While Saudi Arabia bombs hospitals, schools, and other civilian areas in Yemen, the U.S. is set to finalize a $1.15 billion arms deal with Riyadh.

FCNL in the News The $38 Billion U.S. Gift of the Latest Arms to Israel 

FCNL's Kate Gould discuss this increase in the annual taxpayer subsidy for Israel and its arms industry which makes Israel the largest recipient of U.S. aid even though it has a remarkably robust and wealthy economy.

FCNL in the News Humanitarian Aid Efforts in Syria May Make a Difference 

Kate Gould said: “What we’re focused on is changing U.S. policy toward Syria, so that includes supporting a diplomatic solution, de-escalating U.S. involvement and advocating for U.S. policymakers to support generous humanitarian aid."

FCNL in the News A "Safe Zone" in Syria Sounds Like a Great Idea. It Would Be a Disaster 

FCNL's Kate Gould writes: "The goal of a 'safe zone' is a laudable one: to protect civilians from attacks in a designated area. But despite its misleadingly simplistic name, establishing a 'safe zone' in Syria would put civilians in even greater danger and risk prolonging Syria’s bloody nightmare."

FCNL in the News At One Year Mark, Iran Deal has Already Made World Safer 

FCNL's Kate Gould and Rep. Keith Ellison write: "This week, we celebrate a quiet anniversary – one that’s probably far from most people’s minds. It’s the anniversary of an agreement that’s been a quiet success. A deal that keeps a nuclear weapon out of Iran’s hands, and makes the world a safer place."

Update The Iran Nuclear Deal One Year Later 

One year after the Iran nuclear deal, FCNL's Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould joined Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council on a webinar hosted by Women's Action for New Directions to discuss the challenges and successes of the deal's implementation.

Update Kate Gould and Yasmine Taeb Speak at Netroots Nation 

On Saturday, July 16, FCNL's Human Rights and Civil Liberties lobbyist Yasmine Taeb spoke on a panel with Reps. Keith Ellison (MN) and Jan Schakowsky (IL) at the progressive conference Netroots Nation. FCNL's Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould moderated the panel.